DescriptionTwo Mid-19th Century Accounts of Western Religion Among the Indian Tribes in America. This lot includes:
Pierre-Jean De Smet Letters and Sketches With a Narrative of a Year's Residence Among the Indian Tribes of The Rocky Mountains. (Philadelphia: M. Fithian, 1843), first edition, 252 pages, brown cloth boards with blind-stamped decoration, 11 full page engravings including frontis, folding allegorical, 12mo (4.75" x 7.75"), inscribed by author on inside front cover "P.J. De Smet", missing large portion of cloth from the spine (titles still present), both boards detached, bumped corners, moderate foxing to pages, especially prelims, internal contents sound, good condition. This is a rather scarce book worthy of professional restoration.
John Gilmary Shea History of the Catholic Missions Among the Indian Tribes of the United States, 1529-1854. (New York: Edward Dunigan & Brother, 1855), first edition (according to Howes, the 1st is 1855 even though the copyright date on verso is 1854), 514 pages, light brown cloth boards with blind-stamped decoration, blind-stamped decoration on spine, 5 engraved portraits, four pages of facsimile signatures of "celebrated" missionaries, appendix with lists of missionaries, index, advertising pages at rear, 12mo (5.5" x 7.75"), small loss to head of spine, wear to foot of spine, lightly bumped corners, book block tight, internal contents sound, moderate foxing to pages, very good condition. Sections treat "Norwegian Missions in New England", "Spanish Missions in New Mexico, Florida, Texas, and California", "The French Missions", & "The English Missions". A wide-ranging study covering the Great Lakes, part of the East and Southeast, and portions of the Southwest, including Oregon.
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