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The Book of Doctrine & Covenants, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; Selected from the Revelations of God, Second European edition, Liverpool: Orson Pratt, 1849,
erratum leaf, contemporary ink ownership inscription of William Huskins to front pastedown, a few minor spots, inner hinges cracked, original blind-stamped brown cloth, somewhat rubbed and a few minor stains, small chip at head of lower board, 12mo
After an unsuccessful attempt to publish in 1833, the first edition appeared in 1835, and later editions incorporated additional revelations and reference aids. In February 1841 in Liverpool, some 4,000 copies of the 1837 Kirtland edition were printed and it was from the plates of the 'European' edition that subsequent Latter-Day Saint editions would descend. Following the Liverpool printing of 3,000 copies of the first European edition in 1845 by Wilford Woodruff, this 1849 'Second European Edition' published by Apostle Orson Pratt and printed by R. James moved the index to the front of the volume, (in the present volume the index is headed 'Index' and not 'Contents' as noted by the Maxwell Institute and includes the chronology of revelations), along with other format changes which were retained for many later editions. Five thousand copies were printed, and George Q. Cannon used it for his translation for the Hawaii edition. The Nauvoo edition had been printed in 1844. The present copy was probably published around November 1849. Citing from the Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star Vol. II, No. 10, 15th May 1849: 'The Book of Doctrine and Covenants are all gone, but soon will be reprinted'. From the same journal and volume, No. 22, 15th November 1849: '"The Doctrine and Covenants" are now ready. An additional index has been formed in the order of the date in which the several revelations were given'. The second European edition of The Book of Mormon was published in Liverpool in May 1849, also by Orson Pratt. In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), The Doctrine and Covenants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands alongside the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and The Pearl of Great Price as scripture. Together the LDS Church's scriptures are referred to as the 'standard works'. The LDS Church's version of the Doctrine and Covenants is described by the church as 'containing revelations given to Joseph Smith, the Prophet, with some additions by his successors in the Presidency of the Church'.