NELLES, Abraham; translator.
The Book of Common Prayer, According to the Use of the Church of England, Translated into the Mohawk Language ... Ne Kaghyadouhsera Ne Yoedereanayeadagwha ...
Hamilton, Ontario: Ruthven's Book and Job Office, 1842. 8vo. English and Mohawk text on facing pages. viii, 456pp.
Contemporary blue calf, flat spine ruled and lettered in gilt.
A fine copy of a scarce Book of Common Prayer in Mohawk.
"Rev. Abraham Nelles, archdeacon of Brant, Ontario, was born at Grimsby, Ont., December 25, 1805, and died December 20, 1884. He was chief missionary of the New England Company to the Six Nation Indians for 53 years, being first appointed as assistant missionary in 1829" (Pilling). The Collects, Services of Baptism, etc., etc., translated by John Hill, Junr., appear in Mohawk for the first time in this edition of the prayer book. Nelles proposed this edition for the use of the Grand River Mohawks. "This is the most complete of all editions of the Mohawk Prayer Book" (Wright). Scarce.
Pilling 2735; Sabin 6352; TPL, 1st Supplement 5228; Wright, Early Prayer Books of America, p.40.