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Eliot's Indian Bible presents the entire Bible in Algonquin. His translation -- not an English, French, or Spanish one -- was the first Bible printed in North America, its appearance a tribute to the missionary attitudes with which Puritans approached Native Americans. Less than half a century of New England settlement, less than a quarter of a century of printing in English America, lay behind its production. The book, 1180 pages containing roughly 4000 type characters per page, would have been a monumental undertaking under good circumstances. It is an utterly amazing one under these. George Parker Winship notes that John Eliot (1604-1690), its translator and a "frontier clergyman," wrote in a "strange language for which he had to construct the vocabulary and most of the grammar as he proceeded." This task took him from 1649 until 1659. It took four more years to turn his manuscript into print. The Corporation for the Promoting and Propagating of the Gospel in New England sent Marmaduke Johnson, the book's printer, to New England specifically to produce this Bible in the native language, which he did in tandem with Samuel Green and James the Printer, a Native American boy. This copy's provenance includes George Brinley, one of the three great Americana collectors (alongside James Lenox and John Carter Brown), several members of the Drexel family, Boies Penrose, the scholar of Renaissance travel scholar, and T. Edward Ross' Bible Collection, as part of which it came to Penn.
Mamusse wunneetupanatamwe Up-Biblum God: naneeswe Nukkone Testament kah wonk Wusku Testament / ne quoshkinnumuk nashpe wuttinneumoh Christ noh asoowesit John Eliot. [Bible. Massachuset. Eliot. 1663.] Cambridge, [Mass]: Printeuoop nashpe Samuel Green kah Marmaduke Johnson, 1663. BS345.A2 1663.