1875 · Halifax
[also bound in] Bible. N.T. Matthew. Micmac. Rand. 1871. Pela Kesagunoodumumkawa tan tula uksakumamenoo westowoolkw Sasoogoole Clistawit ootenink. Megumoweesimk. Chebooktook: Megumagea Ledakun-weekugemkawa moweome, 1871. 126 pp.
In 1854 Rand published his Ferst reding buk in Mikmak, which was entirely in Micmac and printed in the Pitman phonetic characters. By 1875 copies were no longer to be had, so — expanding his horizons — he brought out a bilingual version in hopes of educating non-Indian children in the Micmac language as well as educating the native children in English.
As with many copies of the Reading Book, this copy has bound at the end Rand's translation of the Book of Matthew in Micmac.
Provenance: Presentation copy from Rand: "To the Library of [the] Theological Institution Newton Center from the Compiler S.T.R." With the blind pressure-stamps of the Newton Theological Institution (properly deaccessioned; i.e., rare book collection sold).
Reading: Pilling, Proof-sheets, 318; Sabin 67755. Matthew: Darlow & Moule 6788; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 2931; Sabin 67760. Publisher's plain quarter black leather with stone pattern paper sides. Front board expertly reattached. Some age-toning, but very good. (Inventory #: 40058)