Brebeuf, Jean de
The Travels and Sufferings of Father Jean de Brebeuf among the Hurons of Canada as Described by Himself.
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London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1938. Translated from the French and Latin by Theodore Besterman with wood engravings on title pages by Eric Gill. First edition thus (197 pp.), Number 254 of the Golden Cockerel edition limited to 300 copies, printed in Bembo type on Arnold’s mould-made paper. Small folio in red over black cloth (resembling old-style business account books), gilt titles to spine; top edges trimmed, untrimmed fore-edges lightly toned, Huronia map as endpapers. Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649) was one of the authors of the Jesuit Relations (1635-36), an annual report to the order’s office in Paris detailing everyday life in the early settlements and the Jesuit’s missionary work among Native peoples-- in Brebeuf’s case, especially, at the mission Ste. Marie among the Hurons near Georgian Bay where, as head of mission (1633-38) he produced a Huron dictionary and grammar. According to Ouellet, Brebeuf’s writings, together with the work of Sagard and Lejeune, laid the foundation for ‘a true aboriginal anthropology’ (30). In 1644 Brebeuf returned to Ste. Marie among the Hurons, having been driven away for a time in the aftermath of an outbreak of smallpox, and served at the mission until 1649 when he was captured, tortured, and killed by the Hurons’ traditional enemies, the Iroquois. This Golden Cockerel edition is a handsome, yet restrained production, printed by Christopher Sandford and Owen Ritter in ‘large, decorous Bembo type’ on textured, mould-made paper.
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