First EditionGeorge Loskiel, History of the Mission of the United Brethren Among the Indians in North America. First edition. London: The Brethren's Society, 1794. Contemporary half calf with red leather title label. 5.5 x 8 inches. 618 pages. Loskiel was presiding bishop of the American province of the Moravian Church known for his eloquent preaching translated into his writing. This text describes the artistic, spiritual, educational, and political values of the American Indians. "Though the Indians are uncultivated," writes Loskiel, "yet perhaps no heathen nation, in its moral conduct, exhibits a greater show of goodness and virtue." Considered the best authority on the Delawares, Nautikokes, Shawnee and other tribes throughout Pennsylvania and New York, Loskiel's account, divided into three parts, provides important historical record of the western view of Native peoples. In a year when battles for the Northwestern Territories were fierce, Loskiel provides a humanizing view of the population struggling to hold land and liberty both rightfully theirs against invading European armies. Hinges reinforced internally with tape. Leather cover scuffed and peeling, patched in some places. Leather spine split but holding. Foxing to text block but otherwise clean and intact. Missing folding map and 3 leaves at the end of part 2. Good condition.