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Binding: Leather Year Printed: 1889
Subject: Biography & Autobiography Printing Year: 1889
Topic: Travel Origin: American
Special Attributes: 1st Edition




1889 French Canadiana - Labbé [sic] Petitot sous le cercle polaire - Arctic

(English description)

Author : Gabriel Gravier
Title : Labbé [sic] Petitot sous le cercle polaire
Language : Text in French
Publisher : Rouen, Imprimerie de Espérance Cagniard, 1889. First edition. Tiré de: Bulletin de la Société normande de géographie Cahier de sept.-oct. 1889.
Size : 9"X6"
Pages : 44 pages
Binding : Very good full leather binding signed by Vannutelli St-Georges.
Content : Very good content (bright, tight and clean, small libray ink stamps)

The book : Very rare book on Father Émile-Fortuné Petitot (also known as Émile-Fortuné-Stanislas-Joseph Petitot) (Inuk name, Mitchi Pitchitork Tchikraynarm iyoyé, meaning "Mr. Petitot, son of the Sun") (December 3, 1838-May 13, 1916), a French Missionary Oblate, was a notable Canadian northwest cartographer, ethnologist, geographer, linguist, and writer. Petitot was born in Grancey-le-Château-Neuvelle, France. His father, Jean-Baptiste Petitot, was a clockmaker; his mother was Thérèse-Julie-Fortunée Gagneur. Petitot attended the minor seminary and the Collège du Sacré-Cœur in Grancey. In 1859, he took minor orders of the priesthood before joining the Oblates in September 1860. His training occurred at Notre-Dame-de-l'Osier, and on March 15, 1862, he was ordained in Marseilles. Fourteen days after his ordination, he left for Canada's Mackenzie River. The young missionary Petitot traveled with Bishop Alexandre-Antonin Taché, of the Oblates of Saint Boniface, from Montreal to Manitoba, and then, by August 1862, he traveled to the Great Slave Lake in Canada's Northwest Territories with the Hudson's Bay Brigade Trail. Petitot was based at Northwest Territories' missions for 12 years, including Fort Norman, Fort Providence, Fort Resolution, and Fort Good Hope. Here he collected material for his major Athapaskan languages dictionary, still the best available in the field. He also collected extensive legends of the Blackfoot, Chipewyan, Cree, Dogrib, Hare, and Loucheux cultures. From 1864 through 1878, he worked on the design, decoration, and construction of the Church of Our Lady of Good Hope, designated a National historic site by the Government of Canada. The late 1860s were troublesome years. In 1866, he was temporarily excommunicated, and in 1868, he developed short bouts of insanity. But in the midst of this, in 1867–68, Petitot became the first European to reach the Tuktut Nogait National Park area. Petitot returned to France in 1874 and published his dictionaries and other works. The following year, in 1875, he spoke at the inaugural International Congress of Americanists in Nancy, France making a strong case for the Asiatic origin of Inuit and North American Indians. He was awarded a silver medal by the Société de Géographie for his Arctic maps. After two years in France, Petitot returned to the North, mostly helping and studying the people of the Great Slave Lake area. By 1883, however, ill health forced him to end his missionary work and return to France. Honoring his scientific contributions, he was awarded the 1883 Back Prize by the Royal Geographical Society. He became a parish priest October 1, 1886 at Mareuil-lès-Meaux, France. Here, he ministered to the sick, and published books and articles on Northern Canada. He died in 1916.

(French description française)

Auteur : Gabriel Gravier
Titre : Labbé [sic] Petitot sous le cercle polaire
Langue : Texte en français
Éditions : Rouen, Imprimerie de Espérance Cagniard, 1889. Edition originale. Tiré de: Bulletin de la Société normande de géographie Cahier de sept.-oct. 1889.
Dimensions : 22cmX16cm
Pagination : 44 pages
Reliure : Excellente reliure plein cuir signée par Vannutelli St-Georges.
Contenu : Excellent état du contenu (petites étampes de bibliothèque religieuse)

Le livre : Très rare édition de cet ouvrage sur Émile Petitot (1838-1917) -- un missionnaire oblat français qui arrive dans le Nord-Ouest du Canada en 1862. En plus de travailler dans des missions situées en bordure du fleuve Mackenzie et du Grand lac des Esclaves, il entreprend des expéditions au Yukon et le long de la rivière Athabasca. Il publie plusieurs ouvrages sur la géographie, l’anthropologie et les langues autochtones. La carrière missionnaire du père Petitot dans l'Arctique canadien (district du Mackenzie) fut longue et mouvementée. De 1862 à 1864, il vécut à Fort Providence, puis fut envoyé à Fort Good Hope (1864-1873), d'où il desservait Fort Resolution, Fort Rae, Fort Mcpherson, Fort Norman et Fort Simpson. Durant cette période, il partait souvent en voyage d'exploration, et en 1870, il se rendit jusqu'au Yukon. La décennie suivante fut tout aussi remplie. Il se reposa d'abord au lac La Biche (Alberta) en 1873-1874, puis il effectua avec le père Émile Grouard* un voyage en France où il fit publier plusieurs de ses écrits. Après son retour en 1876, il séjourna successivement à Fort Good Hope, à Cold Lake (Alberta) et à Saint-Jean-de-Dieu (Québec). En 1883, la maladie l'obligea à rentrer définitivement dans son pays, puis à obtenir une dispense de ses vœux en 1886. Après avoir repris ses forces, il assuma la cure de Mareuil-lès-Meaux comme prêtre séculier, de 1886 jusqu'à sa mort en 1917.

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