London: Printed by C. Buckton, Great Pultney-Street, 1786.
First London edition, set from the 1781 Montreal edition. Frontispiece engraved plate of pupils in classroom by James Peachey; woodcut illustration in text. Title and text printed in both English and Mohawk. 98 pp. 1 vols. Square 24mo. Contemporary tree calf with gilt rule, joints rubbed, very small insignificant edge stain on first two blanks and frontispiece. Two small ink stamps in text. Very good. Cloth box. ESTC T96673; Sabin 65548; Field 1074; Brinley 6719; Church 1216; Heartman 93; Pilling, Iroquois, p. 139; Ayer Mohawk 69; Wright, Prayer Books pp. 33-4. Provenance: The Allan Library (stamps on D1v and G1v); Frank Siebert, his sale, Sotheby’s 21 May 1999, lot 84 (pencil notes on front blank). Item #316449
Fewer than ten copies of the Montreal edition survive. That edition consisted of about 300 copies, 250 of which were burned, prompting the printing of this London edition.
Wright suggests that Paul Sahonwadi, a Mohawk clerk and teacher, was author or co-author of the primer. Sahonwadi and Claus collaborated on the Mohawk Book of Prayer in 1780.
A beautiful example of a significant imprint, with notable provenance from the collection of Frank Siebert, who bought this copy from Goodspeed’s in 1961.
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