“THE DOCTRINES TAUGHT BY JOSEPH SMITH AND BY THE CHURCH TODAY ARE TRUE AND SCRIPTURAL”
TALMAGE, James E. The Articles of Faith. Salt Lake City: The Deseret News, 1899. Large 12mo, original black cloth gilt. $1250.
First edition of Talmage’s expositions of Mormon doctrine and practice, in original cloth.
A convert to Mormonism with his family at age 10, Talmage would become a professor of geology and chemistry at Brigham Young Academy (a predecessor of Brigham Young University). “As one of the first academically trained Latter-day Saints scientists, Talmage was one of the most influential scholars within the church. He believed that divine revelation provided the scriptures and teachings of the church, so his science and religion were never in conflict. He maintained that science and revealed religion were in close harmony—God being the author of both” (ANB). First delivered as lectures in 1893 at Latter-day Saints’ University in Salt Lake City (the antecedent of LDS Business College, of which Talmage was then president), this volume expounds upon the 13 Articles of Faith penned by Joseph Smith in 1880. “Talmage provides extensive commentary and scriptural references regarding each of the concepts mentioned in the 13 articles, plus sections on the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper and resurrection… and finally a section on practical religion” (Whittaker, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, 69). Flake & Draper 8574. Evidence of contemporary owner inscriptions to front pastedown.
Cloth with light expert restoration, inner paper hinges expertly reinforced.