Quebec: Leger Brousseau, 1884. First Edition. Cloth. First edition. 12mo; [1-5], 6, [7-10], 11-230pp; decoratively stamped tan cloth with title, author and printer to front cover and spine; typed errata sheet laid in, with 2 additions hand written; light foxing to cover cloth, light age toning of paper; very good plus. Very good +. Item #94
The author, Joseph Laurent (1839-1917), is identified as the Chief of the Indian Village of St. Francis, P.Q. from 1880-1892. The Abenakis are a subdivision of the Algonquin nation and their territory stretched from the Canadian Maritimes, Quebec and through Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The Abenakis are then further divided into names that note areas of geography as opposed to ethnic divisions. Fascinating look into a rapidly declining language.