Oksi Testament Ketipiyichikeminow Mina Kipimachiyiweyiweminow Chisus Krist [New Testament in the Cree Language]

London: British and Foreign Bible Society, 1859. [4],612pp. Contemporary calf. Spine ends chipped, corners and hinges lightly worn, extremities rubbed. Internally clean. Very good. Item #2644

First edition of the whole New Testament translated into the Cree language, and printed entirely in the Cree syllabary except for the title page imprint and page numbers. The translators, William Mason and his wife Sophia Thomas Mason, were Methodist missionaries at the Rossville Station, north of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, at present-day Norway House. They produced several editions of the Gospel of St. John and Epistles into the Plains Cree dialect between 1851 and 1857 at their mission press, before sending the present, more substantial work to London to be published in 1859. An edition of the complete Bible translated into Plains Cree followed in 1861 and 1862. Quite rare; available auction records return only one copy, which hammered for $3750 in 2021.

Ayer, Cree 11. Peel 387. Pilling Algonquian, p.339. Pilling Proof-Sheets, 2491.

Price: $4,750.00