Monteal [sic]: J.M. Valois, 1892. xi,,384pp. 16mo. Original black pebbled cloth, spine gilt. Institutional stamp on front fly leaf and titlepage. Pages lightly tanned. An early state of the second edition of this work, with "Montreal" misspelled on the titlepage. Very good. An early state of the second edition of this work, with "Montreal" misspelled on the titlepage. The life of Jesus rendered in the Nipissing dialect, a derivative of Algonquin. Originally published in 1861 as KA TITC TEBENIMINANG JEZOS, ONDAJE AKING, this work had been attributed to the missionary and accomplished linguist, Jean-Andre Cuoq, who wrote the preface to this edition. Cuoq, however, informed Pilling that Mathevet was the actual author. Jean Claude Mathevet (1717-81) was a missionary at the Lake of Two Mountains, now Oka, on the Ottawa River near Montreal. His Algonquin name was "Wakwi," and along with his work in that language he composed prayers, sermons, and grammars in the Iroquois language. PILLING ALGONQUIAN, pp.346-47 (original ed). PILLING PROOF-SHEETS 949 (original ed). AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (NIPISSING) 30 (original ed). (Inventory #: WRCAM28887)
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