A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon, or, Trade Language of Oregon. George Gibbs.
A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon, or, Trade Language of Oregon

A Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon, or, Trade Language of Oregon

New York: Cramoisy Press, 1863.

xiv, [2],43 pp, in original plain wrappers. Wrappers lightly worn along spine and edges. Unopened, rear wrapper chipped, old bookworm or insect damage affecting margin only of last 5 leaves; very good overall. One of the earliest editions of this dictionary, which was reprinted many times. Field (602): "The fur traders of the eighteenth century...in coasting along the shores of Vancouver's and Nootka Sounds, carried with them some of the words of each of the tribes who they visited; until at the mouth of the Columbia River they found a quick-witted people who adopted the mongrel jargon they heard from the lips of strangers, and blended the fragments of twelve native tongues, with some English and French terms, into a sort of language possessing nearly 500 words. Mr. Gibbs...undertook to resolve this wretched jargon into its original elements, and this is the result of his labors."

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