Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

Revelation, June 1829–B [D&C 18]

Revelation to Joseph Smith, jr, Oliver Cow dery and David Whitmer, making known  the calling of twelve apostles in these last  days, and also, instructions relative to buil ding up the church of Christ, according to  the fulness of the gospel: Given in Fayette,  New York, June, 1829.
1 Now behold, because of the thing which  you, my servant Oliver Cowdery, have desired  to know of me, I give unto you these words:  behold I have manifested unto you, by my  Spirit in many instances, that the things which  you have written are true: wherefore you  know that they are true; and if you know  that they are true, behold I give unto you a  commandment, that you rely upon the things  which are written; for in them are all things  written concerning the foundation of my  church, my gospel and my rock; wherefore,  if you shall build up my church upon the foun dation of my gospel and my rock, the gates of  hell shall not prevail against you.
2 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity,  and it must needs be, that the children of men  are stirred up unto repentance, both the Gen tiles, and also the house of Israel: wherefore  as thou hast been baptized by the hand of my  servant, Joseph Smith, jr. according to that  which I have commanded him, he hath fulfill ed the thing which I commanded him. And  now marvel not that I have called him unto  mine own purpose, which purpose is known [p. 256]
The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; Carefully Selected from the Revelations of God. By Joseph Smith, President of Said Church. 2nd ed. Nauvoo, IL: John Taylor, 1844; 3–448; includes typeset signature marks and copyright notice. The copy presented herein is held at CHL; includes marginalia and archival markings.
All but the final gathering of this book was printed in octodecimo format on thirteen sheets that were cut and folded into thirteen gatherings of eighteen leaves (thirty-six pages) each. The final gathering comprises eight leaves (sixteen pages). The text block measures 5⅞ × 3⅝ inches (15 × 9 cm).
The copy of the book presented herein is in a presentation binding of red sheepskin with gilt edges. The volume measures 6 × 3⅞ × 1 inches (15 × 10 × 3 cm). The spine is stamped with gilt ornamental panels and “Doctrine | and | Covenants” and “J. Glenn.” in gilt. The front and back pastedowns, the front flyleaf, and the back flyleaf are single-sided marbled leaves featuring a shell pattern with brown body and veins of red and white. In this copy, the first leaf of the first gathering, which is blank in other extant copies, is missing. The verso of the front flyleaf has two inscriptions, the first in graphite and the second in ink: “RN 69025 | Vault | Book Area | M223.1 | D632 | 1844” and “Jane Glenn | from her friend | Leonora Taylor | Nauvoo Oct 27th | 1844”. The handwriting of the first inscription is unknown; Leonora Taylor inscribed the second.
As the aforementioned ink inscription indicates, Leonora Taylor, wife of early church leader and printer John Taylor, presented this book to Jane Glenn. The book came into the possession of the Historical Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints circa 1983.