(Salt Lake City, 2008-2018): The Church Historian's Press. First Editions. Large Octavo and Quarto. Item #023106
18 volumes of the projected 27 volumes. Illustrated. On March 11th, 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois, Joseph Smith organized a council that he and his closest associates saw as the beginning of the government of the literal kingdom of God on earth. The council, known both as the Council of the Kingdom of God and the Council of Fifty (it had about 50 members) operated under Smith's leadership until his murder less than four months later. Following Smith's death, the council met in Nauvoo under Brigham Young's leadership from February 1845 to January 1846. The minutes of the council's meetings, kept primarily by William Clayton, have never been publicly available. This set of the Joseph Smith Papers had been published for the first time and includes: Administrative Records 1 volume (2016); Journals in 3 volumes (2008, 2011 and 2015); Revelations in 2 volumes (2022); Histories in 2 volumes (2012) Documents in 7 volumes (2013-2018), quarto facsimile's Revelations Vol. 3 part 1 and volume 3 part 2 (2015) and facsimile quarto volume of Revelations and Translations (2009).This collection contains not only the many documents carried West by Brigham Young but from all other known sources. In 2001 the project was too massive for BYU alone to publish, so the project was moved to the Church History Department and the project began to be published in 2008. This is the single most valuable resource for the study of early Mormonism. A fine bright set bound in blue cloth lettered in gilt, spine lettered in gilt over brown with gilt rules, in fine pictorial dust jackets.