New York: American Bible Society, 1869. 65; 47pp. 12mo. Contemporary black morocco, stamped in gilt and blind. Corners and spine ends rubbed. Light toning to text. Very good plus. Item #1785
A handsomely bound copy of two books of the Pentateuch printed in Dakota by the American Bible Society. The translator, Thomas Williamson (1800-1879) was a doctor and missionary who worked with the Dakota Indians in Minnesota and helped develop the first written alphabet and grammar of the Dakota language. During the Sioux Uprising of 1862, he and his family were protected by Christianized members of the tribe, who subsequently helped them escape to safety. He was instrumental in convincing President Lincoln to pardon twenty-five of the men who had been taken prisoner following the revolt, and after Lincoln's death, he advocating with Andrew Johnson for the pardon and release of the remaining men.
The present two works are the first and only stand-alone editions of Exodus and Leviticus in Dakota published by the Bible Society, thought they often are bound together, as here. The translations appeared again in 1872 in an edition that also included Genesis and Deuteronomy; the entire Bible in Dakota was completed and published in 1879. Scarce.
Ayer, Dakota 28 (Exodus). Pilling, Proof Sheets 4160. Pilling Siouan, p.78.