GIJIG-ANANG MEKATEOKONAIE S.J. O GAGIKWEWINAN. KEGO KITIMIKEGON! KEGO GAGWENKIGEKEGON!
[Artus, Gaston Andrew]:
Price: 400.00 USD
Tours. 1898, 78pp. including illustrations. Half title. Frontis. 16mo. Original printed wrappers. Wrappers chipped. Small institutional stamp on half title and titlepage. Tanned. Very good. Two sermons in the Ojibwa (Chippewa) language, one on the sin of slothfulness, the other on the evils of envy and jealousy. The illustrations complement the themes of the sermon, and include a frontispiece illustration of a farmer in his field and a rendering of Cain and Abel. Printed on the rear wrapper is information for ordering more copies of the book or other collections of 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 a cloth and morocco bound volume collecting five sermons: the two listed above, along with talks on the evils of drink, lying, and a lecture on raising children. That volume appears to be moderately scarce. Versions of the sermons in smaller collections and in wrappers - such as the present offering - seem to be quite rare, however, and OCLC locates no copies of this edition.