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[Wilson, John Leighton?].  Heads of Mpongwe grammar; containing most of the principles needed by a learner. By a late missionary. New York: Mission House, 1879. 8vo (23.5 cm, 8.25"). 59, [1], 54 [i.e., 52] pp.
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The attribution of authorship to Wilson is very tenuous and most probably wrong. It is based on the author's preface noting that Wilson's 1847 brief outline of Mpongwe grammar is the basis of the work, but the writer also says that he has been seven years absent from Gabon. Wilson had left Gabon in 1852 and did not return.
        Mpongwe is a dialect of the Myene language spoken by a small group of Bantus living in Gabon. In addition to the grammar here, a second pagination is dedicated to "A vocabulary of the Mpongwe language, [compiled] by American missionaries at Gaboon [as it was spelled then], West Africa." It has its own title-page and is sometimes found separately, although it was clearly issued with the grammar and is mentioned in gilt along with the Heads on the front cover of the binding here.

"List of Grammars, etc., of the Languages of Africa," p, 540, in the Bulletin of the New York Public Library, vol. 13. Publisher's reddish brown cloth with titles in gilt on front board; boards with dampstaining and board edges with silverfish or other similar insect damage. Internally very clean and very good.  (41077)   Please RESHELVE This.


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