Vocabolario della lingua nativa dell' Australia occidentale…. John BRADY.

Vocabolario della lingua nativa dell' Australia occidentale…
Vocabolario della lingua nativa dell' Australia occidentale…

Rome: Coi tipi della S. Congregazione de propaganda fide, 1845.

Duodecimo, 50 pp., uncut and unopened; original plain blue paper wrappers.

A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for the English-language edition). This edition was published immediately after Brady's important original English edition, but it is here translated for the use of Italian missionaries like the Benedictine Dom Salvado, who sailed with Brady when he returned to Western Australia in 1846.

A superb copy of this rare and interesting pamphlet, the Italian edition of John Brady's Descriptive vocabulary of the native language of W. Australia (Ferguson, 3996; see 3995 for the English-language edition). This edition was published immediately after Brady's important original English edition, but it is here translated for the use of Italian missionaries like the Benedictine Dom Salvado, who sailed with Brady when he returned to Western Australia in 1846.

John Brady was an Irishman, who was persuaded to offer his services to the Australian mission while visiting Rome in 1837. Originally detailed for Norfolk Island, he actually ended up for several years the chaplain at Windsor. It was during this time that he first became interested in aboriginal languages, an interest which he continued after being sent by the Right Reverend Bishop Polding to the Swan River settlement in 1843. He established a church in Perth within months, and then sailed for Europe to garner support for his fledgling mission, being consecrated Bishop of Perth at this time. It was during this period that he published his Descriptive vocabulary in English and Italian, before returning in 1846 together with an ill-suited array of friends and supporters, whose attempts at cooperation quickly foundered. Most notable among the group of 27 missionaries who sailed with Brady was the famous Dom Salvado, later associated with New Norcia.

Although Brady left Western Australia in 1852 after several run-ins with church authorities, he never resigned his see, and was still Bishop of Perth when he died in France in 1871.

The two editions of his vocabulary were Brady's only published works, and this is by far the rarer. Ferguson knew the work from two copies, his own, and one in the South African Public Library. It is now known to be held in the State Library of New South Wales and the National Library of Australia.

Price (AUD): $1,650.00  other currencies     Ref: #3906199

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