Salt Lake City, UT: Eborn Books, 2012. First edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. 304pp. Small quarto [26 cm] Black paper over boards stamped in gilt. Thefront board is bent through the center. In the dust jacket, with light rubbing to the surface. Signed by Mitchell K. Schaefer on the title page. This copy is also signed by the American collector who specializes in Mormon history, Brent Ashworth, on the dedication page. Good / very good. Item #64872
From the dust jacket- "The purpose of this volume is to provide an accurate transcription of the manuscript William E. McLellin penned between January 1871 and January 1872. We have employed modern techniques in documentary editing in order to provide a coherent and comprehensible transcription."
From the Introduction- "William Earl McLellin left Mormonism in May 1838, but he never left it alone. 'Mormonism,' wrote one biographer, 'was at the center of McLellin's being.' [Stan Larson and Samuel J. Passey, editors The William E. McLellin Papers, 1854-1880 (Salt Lake City: Signature, 2007)]. As a result, McLellin left a remarkable corpus of writings on the subject. For the first time, this volume publishes a 264-page manuscript McLellin wrote between January 4, 1871, and January 15, 1872. It is clearly a revision, or, more accurately, an ambitious elaboration, of the manuscript McLellin wrote in the 1850s, which in turn appears to draw on an essay he published in the 1840s. [Larson and Passey]. The document published hereafter is characteristic of McLellin's half-century of negotiating and reinventing Mormonism."