Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

friends, a commandment I give unto you, that  ye shall commence a work of laying out and  preparing a beginning and foundation of the  city of the stake of Zion, here in the land of  Kirtland, beginning at my house: and behold  it must be done according to the pattern which  I have given unto you. And let the first lot  on the south, be consecrated unto me for the  building of an house for the presidency, for  the work of the presidency, in obtaining reve lations; and for the work of the ministry of  the presidency, in all things pertaining to the  church and kingdom.
2 Verily I say unto you, that it shall be  built fifty-five by sixty-five feet in the width  thereof, and in the length thereof, in the inner  court; and there shall be a lower court, and  an higher court, according to the pattern  which shall be given unto you hereafter: and  it shall be dedicated unto the Lord from the  foundation thereof, according to the order of  the priesthood, according to the the pattern  which shall be given unto you hereafter: and it  shall be wholy dedicated unto the Lord for the  work of the presidency. And ye shall not  suffer any unclean thing to come in unto it; and  my glory shall be there, and my presence  shall be there; but if there shall come into it  any unclean thing, my glory shall not be there:  and my presence shall not come into it.
3 And again, verily I say unto you, the se cond lot on the south shall be dedicated unto  me for the building of an house unto me, for  the work of the printing of the translation of  my scriptures, and all things, whatsoever I [p. 328]
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.