Montreal. 1878/1880. Two volumes bound in one. ,301,; viii,422pp. Printed in double columns. Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, gilt-lettered spine. Boards rubbed and edgeworn, chipped at spine ends, joints cracked but boards holding. Gift inscription on front free endpaper. Contemporary printer's label on front pastedown. Clean internally. Good. Item #WRCAM29107
Baraga's lexicographical masterpiece, still the preferred reference work on the subject. Here the two volumes, published separately, have been bound together. It was among the Indians of Michigan and the adjacent areas that Father Frederic Baraga served as a missionary beginning in 1831. Though in 1853 he was consecrated bishop of Upper Michigan, he continued his hands-on work among the natives until his death in 1868, making a study of the Chippewa (a.k.a. Ojibwa) language and producing, in addition to this dictionary, a grammar, a catechism, a volume of sermons, and a volume of devotional meditations. Pilling ALGONQUIAN calls Baraga's dictionary, coupled with his Ojibwa grammar, "perhaps the most important contribution to Indian philology made hitherto." AYER, INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHIPPEWA) 6. PILLING, ALGONQUIAN, p.28. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 250, 251.