CARY GRAPHIC ARTS COLLECTION
Leaf from an Eliot Indian Bible
Eliot, John, 1604-1690
A leaf from the second edition of Eliot's Bible, revised by the editor, with the assistance of John Cotton. The Indian Bible (first issued in 1663) was the first scripture printed in North American, and also the first version prepared for a pagan people in their own language. John Eliot performed the Herculean task of learning the difficult Algonquin tongue, of translating, unaided, the entire Bible in this unknown and unwritten language, of overcoming many technical difficulties, and of them teaching the Indians to read their own tongue. Samuel Green, the printer, was aided greatly by James Printer, and Indian compositor and corrector of the press. "Wohkukquohsinwog Quoshod tumwaenuog" (The prophets are ended) is a specimen of the difficulties encountered. The language is now extinct.
Rochester Institute of Technology - RIT Libraries - Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Ege, Otto F., 1888-1951
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14 x 18.2 cm
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Original Leaves from Famous Bibles
Massachusetts - Cambridge
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