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Rare first Italian edition of Brady's vocabulary of the aboriginal language of southwest Australia

BRADY, John.
Vocabulario della lingua native dell'Australia Occidentale.
Rome, Sacra Congregazione de Propaganda Fide, 1845. Small 12mo? (14 x 9 cm). Contemporary blue paper wrappers.
€ 1,950
Rare first Italian translation of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of West Australia. After the title-page follow Brady's preliminary observations (pp. 3-9), the vocabulary of the southwest Australian (Nyungar?) aboriginal language, with more than 500 words in alphabetical order according to the phonetic transcription, followed by a one-word or several-word Italian definition (pp. 10-49) and the imprimatur (p. 50). John Brady, an Irish-born Roman Catholic bishop, was recruited for the Australian mission in 1836. He arrived in Sydney in 1838 and after five years he was appointed the first vicar-general of Western Australia. He ministered a small group of Catholics in Perth until his focus shifted to evangelizing Aborigines.
With a few small and mostly marginal stains or smudges and a small tear in one leaf, spine reinforced, otherwise in very good condition and wholly untrimmed.
Ferguson 3996; WorldCat (3 copies); for the author: O'Donoghue, "Brady, John (1800-1871)", in: ADB (online ed.).
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