In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, our most precious founding documents are the handwritten manuscripts of the revelations that constitute the scriptures. However, like so many old manuscripts, those that are still extant are not available for public scrutiny, as constant handling could damage and perhaps even destroy them. The next best thing would be a near-perfect, full-size, full-color facsimile that could be examined at will by anyone. That is what the Church Historian's Press has provided with the publication of two manuscript revelation books dating from 1828 to 1834; these books were the basis for the publication of the 1833 Book of Commandments as well as the 1835 and 1844 editions of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Jensen, Robin S.; Allen, James B.; Woodford, Robert J.; and Harper, Steven C.
"Joseph Smith Papers. Manuscript Revelation Books, facsimile edition,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 51
, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol51/iss2/12