Image: Artists depiction of the early translation.
From Joseph Smith History 1:42:1
‘Again, he told me, that when I got those plates of which he had spoken—for the time that they should be obtained was not yet fulfilled—I should not show them to any person; neither the breastplate with the Urim and Thummim; only to those to whom I should be commanded to show them; if I did I should be destroyed.’
Whereas Joseph was forbidden from showing the Gold Plates to anyone he freely exhibited the Abraham papyri and artifacts to the public.
From the Joseph Smith Papers:2
20 December 1835 • Sunday
Sunday 20th. He spent the day at home, in the society of his family, with whom he enjoyed great comfort & satisfaction. He also had many serious reflections, which were profitable.— br’s Palmer, & [Jonathan] Taylor, called to day to see him, to whom he exhibited the sacred records, to their joy, and satis faction, and for whom he prayed as follows,— O may God have mercy upon thes[e] men, and keep them in the way of everlasting life in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
16 December 1835 • Wednesday
He returned home. Eldr.s Mc Lellen [William E. McLellin][Brigham] Young & [Jared] Carter call[ed] to visit him he was much pleased with the interview; he exhibited, & explained the Egytian records to them, and many things concerning the dealings of God, with the ancients especially the system of astronomy as taught by Abraham, which is contained upon these manuscripts;362they were much gratified with this inteligence.
Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham – LDS Gospel Topic Essay
Response to the Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham – Robert K. Ritner
The Joseph Smith Papyri (Video) – An explanation and overview of the Joseph Smith Papyri and their connection with Mormon scripture.
Joseph Smith Papers – 1834-1836