Jesuit Mission Presses in the Pacific Northwest: A History and Bibliography of Imprints, 1876-1899, Plus Other Early Catholic Presses and a Critical Study of the Lapwai Press, 1839-1846

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SCHOENBERG, WIRED P, S J. Jesuit Mission Presses in the Pacific Northwest. A History and Bibliography of Imprints, 1876-1899, Plus Other Early Catholic Presses and a Critical Study of the Lapwai Press, 1839-1846 (Fairfield, Washington:Ye Galleon Press. 1994. Pp. x,189. $24.95 cloth; $14.95 paperback.)

A revised and expanded edition of his 1957 study published by the defunct Champoeg Press, Schoenberg's work covers not only the Jesuit mission presses, but also other early Catholic presses in the Pacific Northwest, such as that of Irish-born Stephen J. McCormick in Portland. McCormick, described as "the most important figure in the early history of Catholic publishing" (p. 86), also served as mayor of Portland.

Also included is a study of the Lapwai Press, now displayed by the Oregon Historical Society, which Edwin Oscar Hall brought to Idaho from Hawaii in 1839, for a Presbyterian mission supported by the American Board of Commissioners of Foreign Missions. Reverend Henry Harmon Spalding, notable for his published attacks against Catholic missionaries following the Whitman Massacre in 1847, used this press, the first in the Pacific Northwest, to evangelize the Nez Perce. …