Memoire sur le systeme grammatical des langues de quelques nations Indiennes de l'Amerique du Nord
by Du Ponceau, P[eter]-Et[ienne]
Paris: A. Pihan de la Forest, 1838. First edition, 8vo, pp. xvi, 464; original green printed wrappers; corners of the wrappers and the preliminaries curled, back wrapper with tears and minor loss at the fore-edge, joints rubbed; a good copy, unrestored. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with a Newberry release stamp inside the front wrapper. Most of the discussion is Algonquin based. The most important part of the work is the 135-page comparative vocabulary (with notes). Pilling, Algonquin, p. 120-21; Kruse, Schoolcraft Collection, p. 79: "Du Ponceau's translation of Schoolcraft's appendix to Narrative of an Expedition through the Upper Mississippi to Itasca Lake entitled 'Indian Language' is on p. 131-134. Du Ponceau considered this literal translation to be the best part of the work which won him the Volney prize." Sabin 21383.
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