Primer and Language Lessons in English and Cree


Glass, Rev. E.B. [Ervin Bird] (1852-1927); John McDougall (1842-1917) (Trans.)

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Glass, Rev. E.B. [Ervin Bird] (1852-1927); John McDougall (1842-1917) (Trans.). Primer and Language Lessons in English and Cree. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: William Briggs at the Methodist Book and Publishing House | C.W. Coates (Montreal, Quebec)| S.F. Huestis (Halifax, N.S.), 1890. First Edition, First Printing. pp. 109. 12mo., measuring 19 cm tall. Original dark green cloth over boards with black lettering, and lovely floral motifs to the front board, and margins. Text printed in a combination of English and Cree Syllabics. Exceedingly scarce, with only one known extant copy available in commerce at time of cataloguing. Unusually well preserved, showing only a few scattered spots to the extremities. Internally, there is one very neat “withdrawn” library stamp to the ffep otherwise there are no other library markings inside or outside. The contents remain bright, clean, and unmarked with tight, sound binding; near fine. An important remnant of the harmful “Indian Day Schools” which featured prominently in the early efforts by both the Canadian government and religious organizations to assimilate Indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. Indeed, in the preface, Rev. Glass notes, “Should a teacher, with the sanction of the Indian Department, instruct children in the use of Syllabics, fifteen minutes each day will be found sufficient; but the main effort should be to drill pupils in the English tongue”. The Primer came into fruition not merely to teach “the Indians their own language”, as Glass states but he goes on to stress the importance of its utility to missionaries and others in their efforts to proselytize the Christian gospels. See Peel #1885, Pilling, p. 325. Corresponds to OCLC #11967537. Near Fine. Hardcover. (#1485) $495.00