American Indians Tribes Catholic Missions 1854-96 decorative gilt book ChristianityBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
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History of the Catholic Missions Among the Indian Tribes of the United States: 1529-1854, by John Gilman Shea.
Published 1896, New York by P.J. Kennedy, Excelsior Catholic Publishing House.
514 pages. three engraved plates with original tissue guards.
Contains detailed accounts drawn from reports by Catholic missionaries. Beginning with Erik the Red's discovery of America, and the coming of Christianity to Vinland. Further accounts are divided into various national missions, including missions sent by Spain and France, as well as Catholic English missionaries in Maryland.
Period red cloth binding, with elaborate beautiful portrait and floral decorations in gilt stamped on front cover.Title in gilt on spine. Marbled end papers.
Perhaps as fresh and bright an example as one might ever hope to encounter, a stunning survival.
Book measures: 8" H X 5 1/2" W.