Independence, MO: Independence Press, 1986. 1st Thus. 8vo. Fine. Item #15853
An attractive set of facsimile reproductions of "The Times and Seasons", the Mormon newspaper published during the early days of the sect. This set comprises four volumes of five original published, lacking the first book reproducing the first two years of the newspaper.
"As Mormons fled Missouri as a result of the 1838 Mormon War, the press and type for the Elders' Journal was buried in Far West. In April 1839, Elias Smith and Hiram Clark, among others, returned to the city and recovered the press and type. It was taken to Nauvoo and in June 1839 was given to Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith (younger brother of Joseph Smith), who served as the editors. In December 1840, Robinson moved exclusively to book printing while Don Carlos took over as the sole editor of the Times and Seasons.
"In May 1841, Robert B. Thompson joined as an editor. After the death of Don Carlos in 1841, Robinson rejoined as an editor and worked with Thompson on a single issue before Thompson's death, just twenty days after the death of Don Carlos. Robinson was then joined by Gustavus Hills for a few issues before he deeded the print shop to Joseph Smith. in January 1842. Joseph acted as director of the print shop and was listed as editor in the Times and Seasons, but operation was actually run by John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. In November 1842, Taylor became the principal editor, but was still assisted by Woodruff. The printing office was eventually sold to Taylor directly in January 1844." - Wiki
Light brown cloth with black title labels to spine. Titles and ruling stamped in gilt. Square tight bindings. Clean interiors.
A fine set, Lacking the first volume.