Title: Legends of the Dakotas and Other Selections ...
Publisher: Minneapolis: private publication, printed by K.C. Holter Pub Co.
Publication Date: 1911
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
150 p. plus table of contents at rear of book. This book of Samuel Pond's poetry was selected and published by his children as a memorial to him. He and a brother, Gideon H. Pond, went from Connecticut to Minnesota in 1834 as missionaries to the Dakota (Sioux) Indians. They were self-taught and not associated with a particular religious organization, although later they were affiliated with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and Gideon was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. They were noted especially for their contributions to observing and recording the culture and languages of the Dakotas, devising an alphabet to record the language, translating parts of the Bible into Dakota, and, with others, publishing a Dakota dictionary that is still in use. Samuel Pond's poetry reflects his experiences of nature, with the Indians, and as a married man; there are verses written for his children and later, verses related to the Civil War; as he aged, his poetry spoke on life, death, and the beyond. Several black-and-white photographs are included. A neatly written presentation inscription from Lora N. Hollister to Mrs. Rebecca Dean, 1911, is on the front free endpaper. Half leather, textured dark green cover, floral endpapers. The leather is missing on the upper two-thirds and lower inch of the spine; the name "Pond" and some stripes are on the part of the leather that remains. The interior is fine. Bookseller Inventory # 030515SP
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