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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, TRADITIONS, 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, TRADITIONS, AND USAGES OF THE INHABITANTS

by Williams, John

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London, 1837. xviii,[2],589pp. including in-text illustrations, plus five engraved plates and folding map. Color frontis. Engraved titlepage vignette. 19th-century polished calf, ruled in blind and gilt, spine paneled and gilt, leather label, all edges marbled. Hinges worn, corners bumped. Small bookplate. Internally very neat and clean. Very good. "A non-conformist missionary, Williams was sent by the London Missionary Society to the Society Islands in 1816. He traveled about the islands, converting the native populace to Christianity....He made his headquarters at Raiatea, but also visited the Cook Islands and discovered Rarotonga, where he sojourned for a considerable time. While there, he aided in the establishment of a civil administration based upon the new religion of the islanders. After his return to Raiatea, he set forth on the other voyages to Samoa, Tonga, and the neighboring islands....[Later he] sailed to the New Hebrides; while visiting the island of Erromanga, he was murdered by cannibals on November 20, 1839" - Hill. Hill, who does not list the true first edition, describes the present work as the main source for material on Williams, "and these insights into missionary and native life are very important to a complete understanding of Pacific history." HILL 1874.

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Title
A NARRATIVE OF MISSIONARY ENTERPRISES IN THE SOUTH SEA ISLANDS; WITH REMARKS UPON THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ISLANDS, ORIGIN, LANGUAGES, TRADITIONS, AND USAGES OF THE INHABITANTS
Author
Williams, John
Book condition
Used
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Hardcover
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1837
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