THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. TRANSLATED INTO THE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE. FIFTH EDITION.

Park Hill: Mission Press. Edwin Archer, printer, 1850. 120pp. Lacks pp.17-18, 47-48. 12mo. Dbd. Light to moderate foxing and soiling. Several signatures loose. Fair. Item #WRCAM41217

The fifth edition of this Park Hill imprint, printed entirely in Cherokee except for part of the title, which is in English; this work uses Sequoyah's syllabary (generally called the "Cherokee alphabet"). The translators were Samuel Austin Worcester and Elias Boudinot. As a young man living with his parents in New England, Worcester had met and become friends with Buck Oowatie, a Cherokee whose name among Anglos was Elias Boudinot. Worcester studied for the ministry and after he had been ordained, he requested a post among the Cherokee. Once there, he set to introducing printing, newspapers, and expanded literacy using Sequoyah's syllabary. One of only 5,000 copies printed. HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA 145. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.172. PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 4224. AYER, INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 7.

Price: $450.00