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BIBLE, Cree. London: The British and Foreign Bible Society, 1861-62.
2 parts in one, 8o in 4s (215 x 136 mm). Two title-pages, text double-column, entirely in Cree characters except for the English imprints on both titles and final leaf. (Some pale intermittent spotting.) Contemporary blind-decorated calf (rebacked preserving original spine). Provenance: purchased from Philip C. Duschnes, cat. 172, ca 1965.
FIRST EDITION, PRINTED ENTIRELY IN THE CREE SYLLABARY save for the English imprints. The Bible was translated by William Mason, a missionary in Prince Rupert's Land, with the assistance of his wife, and Indian pastor and several native speakers. Ayer Indian Linguistics Cree 5; Darlow & Moule 3130; Peel 185; Pilling Algonquian 339; Staton & Tremaine Supplement 5995.
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