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1861 Cherokee Almanac in Cherokee & English

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108.     [CHEROKEE ALMANAC]. GREENLEAF, Benjamin. [Two lines in Cherokee] 1861 Cherokee Almanac 1861Calculated by Benjamin Greenleaf.… Park Hill [Indian Territory]: Mission Press, Edwin Archer, Printer, [1860]. [1] 2-36 pp., in English and Cherokee. 12mo (17 x 11.5 cm), original self-wrappers, original stitching. Wood-engraved vignette of globe, telescope, and books on recto of first leaf. Title with small, faint stain and old ink stamp of The City Library Association, Springfield, Massachusetts. Overall, a very good copy of a rare Indian Territory almanac.

     First edition. Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints 1835-1897, p. 14. Pilling 773. Bibliography of the Iroquoian Languages, pp. 170-171. Gilcrease-Hargrett notes other editions (pp. 31, 35, 37-39, 41, 49-51, but not this one). A standard almanac with the usual astronomical observations, religious exhortations, political organizational information, and short articles (e.g., “Cold Water Army,” “About Seed Corn,” etc.). This almanac was first published in 1836 by the American Mission Board, who announces on p. 31 in “The Cherokee Almanac for 1861” that this edition will be the last. In that section, the Board also reviews their printing efforts on behalf of the Cherokees and gives a list of titles printed. A short survey on p. 33 elicits information on literacy and the local available supplies of both English and Cherokee Bibles. The imprint is interesting for being printed in both English and Cherokee, the only Native American language with a syllabary devised by one of its own people, Sequoyah, the Tennessee Cherokee. He devised eighty-six symbols for sounds in the Cherokee language. A special type font was cast for the syllabic characters.

     Printer Archer (1817-1893) was an early printer in Oklahoma and the Park Hill Press, established by Rev. Samuel A. Worcester in 1836, was the first enduring press in Indian Territory, the press itself having been briefly used at Union Mission. Compiler Benjamin Greenleaf (1786-1864) was a Massachusetts educator and mathematician. Park Hill, where many Cherokees settled after the Trail of Tears, was the most important Oklahoma Territory Cherokee settlement.


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