Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

And behold you are they who are ordained of  me to ordain priests and teachers to declare my  gospel, according to the power of the Holy  Ghost which is in you, and according to the  callings and gifts of God unto men: and I Je sus Christ, your Lord and your God, have  spoken it. These words are not of men, nor  of man, but of me: wherefore you shall testi fy they are of me, and not of man; for it is  my voice which speaketh them unto you: for  they are given by my Spirit unto you: and by  my power you can read them one to another;  and save it were by my power, you could not  have them: wherefore you can testify that you  have heard my voice, and know my words.
6 And now behold I give unto you, Oliver  Cowdery, and also unto David Whitmer, that  you shall search out the twelve who shall have  the desires of which I have spoken; and by  their desires and their works, you shall know  them: and when you have found them you shall  show these things unto them. And you shall  fall down and worship the Father in my name;  and you must preach unto the world, saying,  you must repent and be baptized in the name  of Jesus Christ: for all men must repent  and be baptized; and not only men, but wo men, and children who have arriven to the  years of accountability.
7 And now, after that you have received  this, you must keep my commandments in all  things: and by your hands I will work a mar velous work among the children of men, unto  the convincing of many of their sins, that they  may come unto repentance, and that they [p. 259]
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.