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The first complete New Testament in this language came from the press of the American Bible Society with a publication date of 1860, but it seems not to have really been published until 1862. Prior to that the individual books of the N.T. were published separately and at times bound as composite N.T.s or simply as composite Gospels.
This is the first printing of ANY of the Epistles of Paul in Cherokee, here in Sequoyah's syllabary (generally called the “Cherokee alphabet”) and printed at the famous Park Hill mission press.
Pilling, Proof-sheets, 1214; Newberry Library, Ayer Indians, Cherokee-15; not in Darlow & Moule. Also see North & Nida, Book of a Thousand Tongues (1972), 215 for the publication of the various books of the Bible. Folded, never cut, never bound. Light dampstaining and foxing. A good, decent copy and excellent for teaching purposes about this mission press. (35890)
The Rev. Wright (1788–1853) spent over 30 years among the Choctaw people in Mississippi and Oklahoma. He founded the Wheelock Mission (named for his friend Eleazer Wheelock, Dartmouth College's first president) in 1832, where he was directly involved in developing the Choctaw written language, along with Byington and Dukes.
Darlow & Moule 3051; Newberry Library, Ayer Indians, Choctaw-9; North & Nida, Book of a Thousand Tongues (1972), 265; Pilling, Muskhogean, 101; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 2744. Not in Field; not in Sabin. Period-style half morocco and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and date. First and last pages slightly smudged, text otherwise clean; a few scattered signatures unopened. A handsome copy of an uncommon and significant New Testament. (29504)
As a young man living with his parents in New England, Worcester had met and become friends with Buck Oowatie, a Cherokee whose name among Anglos was Elias Boudinot. Worcester studied for the ministry and after he had been ordained, he requested a post among the Cherokee. Once there he set to introducing printing, newspapers, and expanded literacy using Sequoyah's syllabary. Foreman was born in Georgia of a Cherokee mother and a white father. He was educated at Union Seminary, Princeton Seminary, and Marysville College (Tenn.), and was ordained in 1835. He made the trek from his homeland to the West with the Cherokee, and spent his life at and near the Park Hill mission.
Darlow & Moule 2441; Hargrett,Oklahoma, 159; Gilcrease 49; Foreman 7; Pilling, Iroquoian, 171; North & Nida, Book of a Thousand Tongues (1972), 215; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 4207. Removed from a bound volume, last two pages supplied (along with duplicates of integral pp. 145–50) from a taller, never bound copy. Supplied leaves with light waterstaining and loose and pp. 146–50 of main textblock also loose; early and late leaves of textblock stained, browned, soiled. Far from a perfect example but complete, useful, and, made up as it is, additionally illustrative of some aspects of handpress printing. (35507)
As plain as the binding may be, it has a binder's ticket: “Watkins Binder.”
Banks, p. 94; Pilling, Algonquian, p. 421; Darlow & Moule 6786; Newberry Library, Ayer Collection, Micmac 11; Pilling, Proof-Sheets, 3181g; Evans, Masinahikan, 519; Sabin 67763; Lande S195. Original sprinkled sheep, loss of leather at spine and one area of abrasion on rear board. Otherwise, very clean. (36317)
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