Salt Lake City, UT: The Church Historian's Press, 2008-2011. Hardcover. 506; 558pp. Quarto [26 cm] Blue cloth covered boards with gilt stamped titles against red ink stamped backgrounds on the spines, and Joseph Smith's name stamped in decorative gilt on the front boards. Near fine. The spine of volume 1 is very slightly rolled back. The dust jacket of volume 1 is in near fine condition. The top edge is gently bumped. The dust jacket of volume 2 is in very good condition. There is a large but light damp stain along the bottom edge. The stain measures 4 inches wide by 1 inch deep, and is primarily noticeable on the internal non-visible side. There are a few light short marks on the front panel. May require extra postage due to weight. Item #31484
"Joseph Smith has been one of the least accessible major figures in the history of American religion. The Joseph Smith Papers will forever change that by producing a monumental critical edition of every document written, dictated, or supervised by the Mormon prophet. This first offering, Journals, Volume 1: 1832-1839, already gives readers and researchers a fascinating glimpse of a new Joseph Smith. Its five texts depict a gifted young leader struggling to guide his unruly new religious movement on two fronts. AS he labored to organize The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Kirkland, Ohio, and sought to establish God's new Zion in hostile Missouri, Smith served as itinerant preacher, fund-raiser, farmer, construction supervisor, disciplinarian, litigant, commander, prisoner, and loyal family member as well as visionary, healer, and revelator. Al of these roles come vividly to life in these manuscript journals, meticulously edited according to the highest critical standards. Journals, Volume 1 is a splendid debut for what is certain to become one of the great landmarks in LDS publishing and scholarship." -Stephen A. Marini, Professor of Religion Wellesley College.