A personal study of Mormon scripture, doctrine, history and culture.
I began republishing the Journal of Discourses as Olive Leaf Books in the spring of 2005. Since inception I have reprinted more than 800 sets. With the technological shift to eBooks over the last five or so years, it seems that the retail market for these books has more or less run its course. Like myself, however, I know that there are still plenty of bibliophiles with interest in this classic set of LDS literature. The Journal of Discourses is a staple in terms of essential Latter-day Saint book collections.
For those unfamiliar with this invaluable resource, the Journal of Discourses was a semi-monthly periodical published in Liverpool, England. It commenced in 1854. The set contains 1,438 speeches given by fifty-five people, including Presidents of the Church, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, members of the seventy, and sixteen other speakers. Brigham Young gave 390; John Taylor, 162; Orson Pratt, 127; Heber C. Kimball, 113; and George Q. Cannon, 111. Twenty-one people gave a single speech, and the rest gave from 2 to 66 speeches. The semimonthly issues have been bound into twenty-six volumes.
This set has been photo-reproduced as a facsimile edition; there have been no alterations, deletions, or additions to the text. All errors printed in the original Journal of Discourses have been maintained in this reprint. The index is also included with the set. The photo-reproduction has improved the readability of the text by darkening and slightly emboldening the font face.
Retail sets initially sold for $549.99 and were subsequently increased to $599.99 at the request of retailers. I am still interested in publishing more sets of the Journal of Discourses and intend to do so for interested parties. However, considering the costs of publishing a twenty-seven volume set, it is economically infeasible to do so based on individual demand. Accordingly, I have set up this page for the purpose of gathering a waiting list. Using the contact form below, please provide your name, e-mail address, and a message indicating the number of sets that you would be interested in purchasing. It would be helpful to have additional contact information as well (address, phone number), if you feel so inclined. When requests for fifty sets have been submitted, I will notify everybody on the waiting list and begin publication (which generally takes up to one month).
Recognizing the inconvenience of a waiting period, all sets purchased here will be priced at $449.99, a discount of 25% off the retail price! Free shipping for the contiguous United States is included. Contact me for international and non-contiguous United States shipping pricing.
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This sounds great! Any update on how soon you'll be able to publish the Journal of Discourses sets for people on the waiting list? Thanks for doing this!
Thanks for your interest Chaps. I need 50 orders before publishing again. We are a long ways out from there as of today's date.