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Paris: Chez Claude Sonnius, 1636. Late 19th-century dark green morocco, richly tooled in gilt, a.e.g., by W. Pratt. Bookplates on front pastedown. Front flyleaf detached. Upper fore-corner of title restored, headline of Gg3 shaved. Internally clean. A fine copy. The E.D. Church copy of the extraordinarily rare first edition of this early account of Canada. Sagard was a Recollect missionary who spent 1623-24 in Canada as a missionary to the Huron nation. This work is considered an extension of his earlier GRAND VOYAGE... detailing "the travels and missionary labors of the Recollects among the Indians of Canada..." - Field. His book, based largely on his own experiences and those of his associates, as well as contemporary letters and documents, is considered to be the main authority for the history of the first Recollect mission in Canada in the 1615-29, and the main source for Indian life and relations with the French which does not stem from the Jesuits. "Sagard and Champlain were the first explorers to give any very definite statements about the Huron Indian country and what they had learned from these Indians about the Great Lakes Country" - Greenly. This issue with the music on pages [2]-[5] of the eight unnumbered pages of plates usually inserted between pages 312 and 313 of the text. Pages [1], [6]-[8] of the plates are blank. "Cette musique est le chant note d'une chanson huronnie et d'un autre chant... L'exemplaire de la Bibliotheque du jardin des Plantes content en outre quatre pages de musique a quatre voix, qui ont ete ajouteees a la reimpression que Tross a donnee de cet ouvrage en 1866" - Harrisse. Also included is his dictionary of the Huron language, a collection of French expressions translated into Huron, to be used as a manual by traders and missionaries. This copy from the collection of Elihu Dwight Church (1835-1908), a New York collector whose library is celebrated by bibliographers George Watson Cole and Henrietta Barlett in the Church Catalogue. This work is very rare, with only one other copy of this work appearing at auction in at least the last forty years. This was the Harmsworth copy, sold at Sotheby's in 1947, and reappearing in the same rooms in 1988. EUROPEAN AMERICANA 636/95. GAGNON 3121. TPL 6310. STREIT II:2508. HARRISSE 62. CHURCH 435 (this copy). SABIN 74886.
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