I don't know why my expectations weren't higher, but not only is this book have cool historical documents with carefully typed translation, it's actually a piece of art on its own. It's an oversized book and the pages are beautifully glossy--you can tell the quality right away. This is a Mormon historian's labor of love. I'm excited to refer to it over the years, along with the 2nd edition (which is, sadly, sized smaller but has more pages). It's touching to see the original handwriting on these documents.
This volume is truly remarkable. I love seeing at each turn of the page the actually handwritten revelations by Joseph and his scribes.