Diocese Bookplate with autograph of F. N. Blanchet, Missionary and first Archbishop of Oregon City, circa 1877.
Blanchet, François Norbert.

1.5" x 2.25" bookplate reading "Ex Libris Archdiocesis Oregonopolitanae." Nicely printed on white paper with a decorative border. The bookplate is mounted into a work of theological commentary by Petri Avanzini. Blanchet has inscribed the bookplate in ink "Souvenir of [?] Rev. F. N. Blanchet." In 1837 Blanchet was appointed vicar-general by Archbishop Signay for the Oregon mission, a vast region never before visited by a priest, and he set out on 3 May, 1838, accompanied by the Rev. Modeste Demers with the annual express of the Hudson's Bay Company. The journey from Lachine to Fort Vancouver, a distance of about 5,000 miles, was made in canoes, by portages, in barges, on horseback, and in light boats. Blanchet was made Archbishop of Oregon City in 1846. He found on the Pacific coast a wilderness, spiritual as well as material; he left, after forty-six years of heroic work, a well-provided ecclesiastical province. His name will be forever illustrious in the history of the Church in America as the first archbishop of the Northwest and the Apostle of Oregon. He is among the most important missionary figures to work in the American west. The book itself is in rough shape, with the front board nearly detached, and is an ex library copy. (Item ID: 9065)

$45.00

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