Wright, Harry Andrew. Indian Deeds of Hampden County [Mass.] (Signed, Limited ed.) Springfield, MA: Privately Published, 1905.
Wright, Harry Andrew. Indian Deeds of Hampden County [Mass.] Springfield, MA: Privately Published, 1905. Limited Edition. Signed by Editor.
Binding: Hardcover (Original Cloth). Book Condition: Very Good- Condition. Size: 9" -11" - Small Quarto (Sm. 4to). 194 pages. Item Type: Book.
A limited edition of the text of the Indian deeds, numbered as 111 of the 200 copies printed. The limitation notice is signed by Wright.
Because of the history of county divisions, the editor contends the deeds archived at Hampden County "necessarily include all the early records of land in western Massachusetts" of the land sales by the Native Americans to the settlers.
Wright sought to properly record the names and had the translations checked by a priest who was a missionary to the Montagnais Indians in Quebec "who speak almost the identical dialect used here hundreds of years ago" (p. 9). He says that his purpose in bringing together the deeds in this book is to "replace that furnished by the copies of deeds incorrectly published in various local histories, and to this end the utmost care has been taken in the transcription." He continues, "It should enable those fitted for the task to carry the work still further, and assist the philologist in assigning the dialect of this territory to its proper place among the aboriginal languages of North America" (p. 9).
Text block is tight, bright and unmarked. There are, however, some pencil marks in the Index partially underlining some of the locations mentioned in the text. There are a few pages in which there are spots in bottom corner, not affecting any text . Hardbound in reddish-brown cloth over boards with the title in faded gilt on the spine. The corners are sharp, but heavily worn at the tips. Heavy wear at the head and foot of the spine, with some fraying. The front endpapers are split at the hinge, exposing the webbing. The hinge of the rear endpapers is starting. Deckled edges (rough cut), browned.
Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1 lb 8 oz. Category: History; Indian land transfers -- Massachusetts; Indians of North America -- Massachusetts; United States; 1900-1920; Indigenous Cultures. ISBN: No ISBN. Inventory No: 1307.