[SAMMELBAND OF TWELVE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE NEW TESTAMENT WORKS, MOST PRINTED AT THE PARK HILL MISSION PRESS].

Park Hill, Ok. or New York. 1850-1860. Individual paginations given below. 24mo. Contemporary blind-embossed roan, spine gilt, reading PARTS OF / TESTAMENT / CHEROKEE. Minor shelf wear, small abrasion on front cover. Remnants of bookplate on front pastedown, occasional toning. Very good. Item #WRCAM55082

A rare sammelband of Cherokee language Biblical works, issued by the Park Hill missionary press in frontier Oklahoma, and comprising most of the works of the New Testament. Creating composite volumes of mixed editions of the Gospels and other works in Cherokee was a common practice at the Park Hill Mission Press in the middle of the 19th century, though only a handful survive. The present volume contains ten works printed at the mission press in Park Hill, Oklahoma, and two printed in New York, all between 1850 and about 1860. The sammelband includes all four Gospels, namely the self- proclaimed fifth edition of Matthew, an American Bible Society printing of Mark, the earliest separately-printed Park Hill edition of Luke, and the stated fourth edition of John. This particular edition of Mark was issued without a titlepage (as were a handful of others here) and its date of printing is suppositious; in any case, it is very rare, as are a number of the present imprints. In addition to the Gospels, this volume contains the ACTS OF THE APOSTLES and seven of the epistles of the New Testament, along with the Book of Revelation, printed with the epistle of Jude. The imprints are bound in the following order: 1) THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW. TRANSLATED INTO THE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE.... Park Hill: Mission Press: Edwin Archer, Printer, 1850. 120pp. Fifth edition. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 7. PILLING, PROOF-SHEETS 4224. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.172. GILCREASE, p.48. FOREMAN, p.6-7. HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 145. 2) [THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK]. [New York: American Bible Society, ca. 1860]. 56pp. The American Bible Society attribution, as well as the date, come from Foreman's note at the end of his entry for the above title and from Pilling's bibliography of Iroquoian languages. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 8 (incorrectly dating the printing in 1850). PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 1580. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.70. FOREMAN, p.6-7 (note). 3) THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE. TRANSLATED INTO THE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE. Park Hill: Mission Press: Edwin Archer, Printer, 1850. 134pp. First separately-printed edition. "Printing of the volume was not completed until some time in 1851" - Hargrett. AYER, INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 9. PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 1577. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.70. GILCREASE, p.48. FOREMAN, p.7. HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 144. 4) THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN. TRANSLATED INTO THE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE. Park Hill: Mission Press: Edwin Archer, Printer, 1854. 93pp. Fourth edition. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 10. PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 4228. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.174. GILCREASE, p.50. FOREMAN, p.7. HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 163. 5) THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES [caption title]. [New York. ca. 1850]. 114pp. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 12. PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 4232. 6) THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS [with:] THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS [with:] THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS [caption titles]. [Park Hill: Mission Press, 1858 or 1859]. 43pp. "The American Board of Commissioners annual report for 1859, p.148, lists the volume among the issues that year from the Park Hill Press" - Hargrett. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 13 (incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, 1850). PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 1213. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.62 (also incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, "by the American Bible Society about 1860"). GILCREASE, p.51 (claiming a print date of 1858). HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 187. 7) THE EPISTLES OF PAUL TO TIMOTHY [caption title]. [Park Hill: Mission Press, 1853]. 24pp. Third edition. Per Hargrett, this was also printed in Park Hill, evidenced by a letter from Samuel Worcester to the American Board of Commissioners dated March 3, 1853 in which he states that they had lately printed a new edition of both the epistles to Peter and Timothy in Park Hill. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 15 (incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, 1850). PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 1214. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.63 (also incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, "by the American Bible Society about 1860"). GILCREASE, p.59. HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 158. 8) THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO TITUS [caption title]. [Park Hill: Mission Press, 1858 or 1859]. 49pp. Again, the American Board of Commissioners report for 1859, p.148, records this imprint as among those printed at the Park Hill press, per Hargrett. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 16 (incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, 1850). PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 1215. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.62 (also incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, "by the American Bible Society about 1860"). GILCREASE, p.51 (claiming a print date of 1858). HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 188. 9) THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JAMES. TRANSLATED INTO THE CHEROKEE LANGUAGE. Park Hill: Mission Press: Edwin Archer, Printer, 1850. 16pp. Second edition. Uncommon Park Hill Mission imprint, printed "Second Edition" on titlepage and "5000 copies" (few of which have survived) printed at end of text. Not in Pilling's PROOF-SHEETS. AYER, INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 17. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.69. GILCREASE, pp.47-48. FOREMAN, p.7. HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 143. 10) THE EPISTLES OF PETER. FIRST EPISTLE [caption title]. [Park Hill: Mission Press, 1853]. 24pp. "Second edition - 5000 copies" of this scarce Park Hill Mission imprint. Per Hargrett, this is the same EPISTLE OF PETER mentioned in the March 3, 1858 letter from Worcester to the American Board of Commissioners noted in the description of THE EPISTLES OF PAUL TO TIMOTHY above (#7). It was also printed in Park Hill in 1853. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 18 (incorrectly noting the printing date as 1850). PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 1221. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.63 (incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, "by the American Bible Society about 1860"). GILCREASE, p.47 (also incorrectly dating the printing in 1850). HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 157. 11) [THE EPISTLES OF JOHN]. [Park Hill: Mission Press, 1850]. 16pp. Both Ayer and Gilcrease contend this was printed in Park Hill in 1850. Not in Hargrett, Foreman, or Pilling's PROOF-SHEETS. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 19. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.63 (incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, "by the American Bible Society about 1860"). GILCREASE, p.47. 12) THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JUDE. [with:] THE REVELATION OF JOHN [caption titles]. [Park Hill: Mission Press, 1858 or 1859]. 66pp. Another work listed in the American Board of Commissioners report for 1859, p.148, as among those printed at the Park Hill press, per Hargrett. AYER INDIAN LINGUISTICS (CHEROKEE) 20 (incorrectly noting the printing date as 1850). PILLING, PROOF SHEETS 1491. PILLING, IROQUOIAN, p.69 (incorrectly noting the printing location as New York, "by the American Bible Society about 1860"). GILCREASE, p.51 (claiming a print date of 1858). HARGRETT, OKLAHOMA IMPRINTS 186. The translators of these New Testament works were Samuel Austin Worcester and Stephen Foreman. As a young man living with his parents in New England, Worcester met and became 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. Stephen Foreman was born in Georgia of a Cherokee mother and a white father. He was educated at Union Seminary, Princeton Seminary, and Marysville College (Tn.) and was ordained in 1835. He made the trek from his homeland to the West with the Cherokee, and spent his life at and near the Park Hill mission. Darlow and Moule credit Elias Boudinot and not Foreman as the joint translator for some of the earlier Park Hill mission works. This seems unlikely for the present collection, as Boudinot died in 1839 and these works were printed well afterwards. A handsome collection of Cherokee language New Testament missionary imprints, all scarce or rare in the current market.

Price: $7,500.00

A Dozen Cherokee Language Works, Most from Park Hill