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A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands; with Remarks upon the Natural History of the Islands, Origin, Languages, Tradition and Usages of the Inhabitants.

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A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands; with Remarks upon the Natural History of the Islands, Origin, Languages, Tradition and Usages of the Inhabitants.

by Williams, John

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London: J. Snow. 1837. Large octavo, pp xx, 590, ii, vignette title-page, folding map, colour frontis (tattooed chief of Rarotonga), seven b&w plates, numerous b&w wood-engravings in text by Baxter, scattered foxing, blind-stamped cloth boards with later leather spine titled in gilt, book-plate of Western Australian anthropologist D'Arcy Ryan, good condition. First printing. John William (1796-1839) was a Dissenting missionary. In 1816 he sailed from England, and in March 1817 held the first Evangelical service in Van Diemen's Land. He sailed for the South Sea Islands in September 1817. When back in London, he published A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises, and then returned to the Pacific. In 1838, when Williams had become a public figure, he returned to Sydney in the mission ship Camden, and drew considerable crowds to his meetings. Having recently given evidence before the committee of the House of Commons on Aborigines, he was influential in the establishment of the local Aborigines Protection Society, and was also responsible for founding an Auxiliary Missionary Society in Sydney. In 1839 he and a fellow missionary were killed by cannibals at Erromanga, an island in the southern New Hebrides. 1st edition. Boards.

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
BIB95393
Title
A Narrative of Missionary Enterprises in the South Sea Islands; with Remarks upon the Natural History of the Islands, Origin, Languages, Tradition and Usages of the Inhabitants.
Author
Williams, John
Illustrator
George Baxter (Illus)
Format/binding
Boards
Book condition
Used
Edition
1st edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
J. Snow
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1837
Keywords
Aborigines, Anthropology, Australia, Islands, Language, Missionaries, Natural History, New Guinea, New Hebrides, New South Wales, Oleograph, Pacific Islands, Polynesia, Religion, South Seas, Sydney, Tasmania, Van Diemen

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