Jun 05, 2008 - Sale 2148

Sale 2148 - Lot 21

Price Realized: $ 2,280
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
A SCARCE IROQUOIS TRACT (AMERICAN INDIANS.) Williams, Eleazer; translator. Iontatretsiarontha ne Ahonwanigonrarake, ne Raonha ne Songwaswens . . . A Caution Against Our Common Enemy. 12 pages. 12mo, stitched as issued, later plain paper wrapper affixed with pin; uncut, browned, minor marginal wear, faint spotting in margins and on final leaf. Albany, 1815

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Translated into an Iroquoian language (probably Mohawk or Oneida) for the Albany Religious Tract Society. It is catalogued as a temperance tract in at least one library, and an English-language temperance tract with the same subtitle was published in 1818, so the "common enemy" described here was apparently alcohol. The translator, the Rev. Eleazer Williams (1787-1858), was a Mohawk who later gained greater fame for his claim to be the lost dauphin of France. Only 2 other copies traced (Allegheny College and New York State Library) and no prior sale records found. Sabin 104212.