Portland: 1878. -186pp. Original half calf and marbled boards, spine gilt ruled. Light wear to edges and spine, front hinge cracking, boards somewhat scuffed. Slightly later author's presentation on front free endpaper, short closed tear from head of presentation leaf; author's corrections and annotations throughout. Light tanning. Very good. Item #1444
A scarce history of the early Catholic Church in Oregon, written by Francis Norbert Blanchet, the first archbishop of Oregon City. Blanchet was born in Quebec in 1795, emigrated to the as yet unorganized Oregon Territory in 1837, and was appointed to his archbishopric of the region the next year. In the final years of his life, he wrote this history of the Catholic missions to the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest and of the foundation of parish churches throughout the area. Few people had spent as much time in Oregon as Blanchet when this work was published in 1878.
The present copy contains an errata leaf bound at the rear, which some copies seem to have been issued without. It is also a presentation copy, with a gift inscription to a Portland judge from the author on the front free endpaper, and containing further corrections and annotations in Blanchet's hand throughout. Copies containing the errata leaf are much scarcer, and no copies of either issue appear in available sales records since Decker's catalogue of the Soliday collection during the early 1940s, which calls the work "excessively rare." A notable Oregon rarity, inscribed and annotated by the author.
Howes B511, "b." Soliday I:301.