Portland, OR: J. K. Gill, 1887. Eleventh Edition, Revised, Corrected and Enlarged. Pamphlet. Grey paper covers. 5 3/4" x 3 3/4". Old cello-tape reinforcement remnants along borders of spine. Corner curl and staining to front, but solidly bound and unmarked, except for a small, neat handwritten name and a stamped name to front cover of this very small pamphle. Illustration of a native american with a blanket slung over his left shoulder, six feathers in his hair, and a long canoe oar at his right side. 60 pp. The Eleventh edition was said to be the edition in common use. Dictionary comprises pp. 7-54, followed by four pages of words in common conversation, concluded with The Lord's Prayer. Kloshe Kahkwa (Amen). Worldcat FirstSearch finds only one other copy . Swope and Taylor printers. Good. Item #84631
"Compiled from all vocabularies, and greatly improved by the addition of necessary words never before published. One of the earliest of Gill's editions, printed by Swope and Taylor, Printers.
"The first attempt at publication of the trappers' and traders' Indian Jargon in use among the coast and interior trives of the Northwest, was made in 1825, by a sailor who was captured from the ship Boston, which was surprised by Indians at Nootka Sound, her captain and crew murdered, the sailor who issued his adventures under the title, "The Captive in Nootka" and later the 'Trader's Dictionary,' being the only survivor. The language of the native Indians is seldom heard. The progressive English is forcing its way even into the lodges of the most savage tribes, and many of the original Indian dialects of the coast, of which Chinook was the most important, have disappeared entirely, with the nations who spoke them...
"The present edition has been made as nearly perfect as possible by comparison with all existing authorities, and the addition of many many words never before published in any Chinook Dictionary, though in common use..."
"Of the ancient language of the Chinooks about three hundred words are given in the present Dictionary, the remainder being words from other coast tribes, Yakimas, Wascos, Nez Perces and other tongues.
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