Liverpool: Published by S.W. Richards for Orson Pratt, 1854. Fourth European Edition. 336pp. Duodecimo [15 cm] Black pebbled sheep with the title gilt on the backstrip. About very good. Hinges and backstrip neatly repaired. New pastedowns and endsheets. Tissue repairs to the few leaves. Item #6492
The fourth European edition of the Doctrine and Covenants was printed exclusively for the Saints in the Great Basin, as printing and publishing hadn't totally got off the ground in the Territory. The fourth European edition was printed from the corrected stereo plates of the 1852 edition.
"Orson Pratt left Salt Lake City in September 1852 with instructions from Brigham Young 'to publish in New York, ten thousand each of the Book of Mormon, Book of Covenants, and Hymn Book, intended expressly for the Valley,' and soon after he reached Washington that December, he received a letter from Young urging him to hasten the printing of the books. In January he obtained estimates from several printers and binders in New York. On May 29, 1853, he arrived in Liverpool, and the following day he wrote to Young that printing costs were about the same in the two countries, but binding costs were less in England." - Crawley 877. Flake/Draper 2867.