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PELLEPRAT, Pierre.
Relation des missions des pp. de la Compagnie de Jesus dans les isles, & dans la terre ferme de l'Amerique Meridionale.With: (2) PELLEPRAT, Pierre. Introduction a la langue des Galibis, sauvages de la terre ferme de l'Amerique Meridionale.Paris, Sebastien and Gabriel Cramoisy, 1655. 2 works in 1 volume as issued, the first in 2 parts. 8vo. The first work with engraved armorial headpiece and engraved initial letter for the dedication. Early 20th-century mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine.
[16], 93, [1 blank]; [2], 121, [4], [3 blank]; 30, [2] pp.First (and only early) edition of a much sought classic of European Americana, ''one of the most valuable of the Jesuit 'Relations''' (Sabin). It provides a detailed account of the Jesuits' work in the French West Indies (part 1) and French Guyana (part 2). One 17-page chapter is devoted to the education of African-American and indigenous slaves. The second work, mentioned on the title-page of the first, but also sold separately, gives an account of the Carib language of the Galibi Indians of French Guyana. It made an important contribution to the study of American linguistics, and helped to preserve the language for posterity.Pelleprat (1606-1667), originally from Bordeaux, set off for America in 1639 and worked as a missionary at several of the Jesuit missions in the French West Indies, Mexico and French Guyana. His book was published by no less than Sebastien Cramoisy, who had set up the Imprimerie Royale at the Louvre for Louis XIII in 1640 and served as its first director.Slightly browned and spotted, but otherwise a very good copy of an essential and much sought Americana.l Alden & Landis 655/142-143; De Backer & Sommervogel VI, cols. 449-450 (''rare et recherché'); Leclerc 1328; Sabin 59578.
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