GIJIG-ANANG MEKATEOKONAIE S.J. O GAGIKWEWINAN.
[Artus, Gaston Andrew]:
Price: 500.00 USD
Tours. 1898, 230pp. including illustrations. Frontis. 16mo. Original cloth backed morocco boards. Small split at upper rear joint. Institutional stamp on front fly leaves and titlepage. Else very good. A collection of five sermons in the Ojibwa (Chippewa) language. The subjects of the sermons are: how to bring up a child, the evils of excessive drink, an injunction against lying, the sin of slothfulness, and the evils of jealousy and envy. The illustrations complement the theme of the sermons, and include a frontispiece portrait of Jesus, the birth of Jesus, a depiction of Cain and Abel, and a farmer sowing his field. Also includes information for ordering more copies of the book or smaller collections of these sermons. The author is the Jesuit missionary Gaston Andrew Artus (1858-1946), known as "Gijig-Anang," who preached among the Ojibwa Indians at Wikwemikong, on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. The publication history of this pamphlet is interesting. Four different editions of sermons by Artus were printed in Tours in 1898. The largest printing was most likely this collection of five sermons, which appears to be moderately scarce. The other three editions were published in wrappers and contain only one or two sermons. They are quite difficult to procure.