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INDIANS. PRIMER FOR THE USE OF THE MOHAWK CHILDREN, To acquire the Spelling and Reading of their own, as well as to get acquainted with the English Tongue. Waerighwaghsawe Iksaongoenwa Tsiwaondad - derighhonny Kaghyadoghsera [by Daniel Claus]. London: C. Buckton 1786. 24mo (5 1/2 x 4"), 98p., original tree calf with gilt rule, joints rubbed, very small insignifcant edge stain on first two blanks and frontis, else VG+ or better, housed in a custom cloth box. First London edition set from the 1781 Montreal edition. Apart from being the only obtainable edition it is also THE FIRST EDITION WITH ILLUSTRATIONS. Only a handful of copies (it is thought fewer than 10) of the Montreal edition survive. That edition comprised approximately 300 copies, 250 of which were burned and caused the printing of this London edition. Illustrated with a wonderful mezzotint frontis by James Peachy depicting Indian students at work in school and with 1 full page wood engraving. The title page and text are printed in both English and Mohawk. Wright (Prayer Books p.33-4) suggests that Paul Sahonwadi, a Mohawk clerk and teacher was the actual author or co-author of the primer. He and Claus had collaborated on the Mohawk Book of Prayer in 1780. This is a rare and fascinating early children's book. Sabin 65548, Field 1074, Church 1216.
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