New York: American Tract Society, . 207pp. Original publisher's blindstamped cloth, spine gilt. Slight wear at corners and spine ends, red staining to rear board. Contemporary gift inscription on front free endpaper: "To the Am. Ethnological Society. New York City. from Cyrus Byington. Dec. 30, 1851." Ex-lib. stamps on front fly leaf; additional institutional marks on front pastedown, title-leaf, and verso of title-leaf. A good plus copy. Item #WRCAM38302
Rare abridged translation of Rev. Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet's history of Moses, one of four SCRIPTURE BIOGRAPHY texts by Gallaudet published by the American Tract Society in 1851. Gallaudet, a well- known American pioneer in the education of the deaf, also wrote numerous religious works for children. Many of these titles were translated as part of missionization efforts in the United States and in foreign lands. In addition to the present Choctaw translation, his works can be found in Dakota and Ojibwa as well as Arabic, Armenian, Basa, Bulgarian, Hawaiian, Marathi, and Tamil. This copy includes a gift inscription to the American Ethnological Society on the free endpaper from Cyrus Byington, a Christian missionary and Choctaw linguist responsible for producing a Choctaw grammar, dictionary, and translation of the first five books of the Bible and numerous other works into Choctaw. Although not identified as the translator of the present work, Byington may have been involved in producing the Choctaw text. Scarce. OCLC records seven copies. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 3539. OCLC 18363988.