Nauvoo: Robinson & Smith; Joseph Smith; John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff; John Taylor, November, 1839 - February, 1846. Six volumes (131 numbers) bound as four (1-2, 3-4, 5, 6) 958; 383; -767; -1135pp. Octavos [23 cm.] Volumes 1-5 bound in later 3/4 brown leather over marbled boards, with gilt stamped titles on the backstrips, and red speckled edges. Volume 6 bound in modern black cloth over boards, with the title and single ruled borders in gilt on the backstrip. The extremities are a bit dinged and rubbed. The underlying boards are exposed occasionally along the edges. Most of the facsimile plate at p. 721 in Volume III, Number 10, is absent. The pages have very occasional open tears in the margins, causing only minor loss to the text. There are losses, measuring 2" wide by 2 1/2" deep, from the top fore-edge corners of pp. 738-741, which have resulted in more significant loss to the text. The pages of volumes 3 and 4 have light tide marks here and there, with the most prominent tide marks on the 336-383. Several pages in Volume 5 contain trivial marginalia. Volume 1, number 1, is the third state, with "Ptevail" and a date of "Nov. 1839." Volume 1, Numbers 2 and 3, are second state printings, with "Terms" in capital letters with open face type. Very good. Item #53854
This is the entire run of the influential Nauvoo newspaper. Published monthly or twice monthly. Originally edited by Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother). Upon the death of his brother, Joseph became editor. The "Times and Seasons" was the official newspaper of the L.D.S. Church, and between its pages were the first appearances of the Wentworth Letter, the Book of Abraham, as well as the personal history of Joseph Smith. Also present, in Whole No. 96, is the account of the assassination of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
One cannot hope to understand the Nauvoo period of Mormonism without the "Times and Seasons." More than its predecessors, it captures the spirit of the Latter-day Saints as it chronicles their day-to-day efforts to spread their message and gather the converted. Its pages reflect the optimism which fueled the building of the City of Joseph and the sorrow which accompanied its abandonment.
Crawley 60. Flake/Draper 8955. Scallawagiana 16. Streeter 2271. Auerbach 1947: 1323, 1324. Mormon Fifty 11.