The Gospel According to Matthew,
Translated into the Nez Perces Language.
by Rev. Henry H. Spalding, Missionary
American Bible Society, 1871
Henry Spalding was one of the very first missionary pioneers to come to the Oregon territory. His life story, especially his time in Oregon, and his take on the Whitman Massacre are essential reading for an understanding of the history of the Pacific Northwest.
The Nez Perce were generally considered to be the Native American tribe best suited for conversion. This translation of the Gospel of Matthew into Nez Perce was intended to make major inroads into the Nez Perce people.
This is the second edition of the book (the original done printed in Oregon), and only the second printing of any part of the Bible in Nez Perce.
Overall, this is a wonderful piece of Northwest history, Christian missionary history, and Native American history, all wrapped up into one book. This book often sells for over $1,000; we were able to buy this for a good price and are happy to pass the savings on to you.
Fully bound in leather with gilt lettering on front board. Pages are clean & unmarked. Some rubbing to edges of boards. See pictures for details.
Book measures 7-1/4″ high by 4-3/4″ wide and 1/2″ thick. 130pp.
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