A dictionary of the Chinook jargon, or Indian trade language of Oregon
by Gibbs, George
New York: Cramoisy Press, 1863. Issued as no. XII in Shea's Library of American Linguistics; supposedly only 100 were printed; large 8vo, pp. xiv, , 43, ; bound without the printed wrappers in later red buckram, gilt-lettered spine; upper joint partially split, else very good. An Ayer Linguistics duplicate, with a small Newberry rubberstamp at the base of the title page, a small accession sticker on the front pastedown, and a Newberry release stamp on the verso of the flyleaf. Includes the English-Chinook / Chinook-English lexicon, The Lord's Prayer in Chinook, and the Chinook bibliography. Pilling, Wakashan, p. 25ff.; Pilling, Proof-sheets, 1497; see Field 603: "The fur traders of the 18th century, and the early part of the present, in coasting along the shores of Vancouver's and Nootka Sounds, carried with them some of the words of each of the tribes who they visited; until at the mouth of the Columbia River they found a quick-witted people who adopted the mongrel jargon they heard from the lips of strangers, and blended the fragments of 12 native tongues, with some English and French terms, into a sort of language possessing nearly 500 words."
(Inventory #: 49463)
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