General Editors: Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, Richard Lyman Bushman. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church Historian’s Press (Intellectual Reserve, Inc.), 2011. Hardbound, 7×10.25″, 571 pages.
The Revelations and Translations series of the Joseph Smith Papers Project presents transcriptions of Joseph Smith’s written revelations and translations.Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books is a sister volume to the 9” x 12” Facsimile Edition that was published in 2009. This version is the smaller, 7″ x 10″ library edition of the earlier book. Like the Facsimile Edition, it presents scores of Joseph Smith’s revelations, dated from 1828 to 1834, that became the basis for the canonized books of revelations: the Book of Commandments (1833) and the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants (1835). Unlike the earlier Facsimile Edition, this edition does not include reproductions of the handwritten revelations themselves. However, this volume does include:
- Complete, color-coded transcripts of the handwritten revelations, rendering each scribe’s handwriting in a different color, to facilitate analysis of revisions made by various scribes
- Introductions to place these vital documents in their historical settings and enhance our understanding of them