Title: The Island Mission: Being a History of the ...
Publisher: William Macintosh, London
Publication Date: 1869
Book Condition: Fair
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition.
Ex-library. Frontis and advertisements missing. Half-calf library binding very worn with leather deteriorating. 3/4" missing to leather at head of spine. Loss of leather at tail of spine and at corners of boards. Both joints split along entire length. Hinges broken. Gilt stamp "Public Library Otago New Zealand" on front board. "Library Rules" label on front pastedown. No library markings in text block. Foxing and moderate staining to page edges, occasional staining to margins of leaves. ; viii, 300 pages. Lacking frontis and 4 pages of advertisements. Page dimensions: 182 x 121mm. Rebound in half-calf library binding. Rare. Contents: The Melanesian Islands - Melanesians; their language and character - Norfolk Island - Loyalty Islands - The New Hebrides - The Banks Islands - Santa Cruz - Religion of natives; The London Mission in the Polynesian Islands - The Samoan Converts: their fate in the New Hebrides - Anaiteum - The Nova Scotian Mission in Anaiteum; The consecration of Bishop Selwyn; the Melanesian Mission organised by him; the difficulties which he had to encounter - His plans and aims - The first cruise of the Undine - The arrival of the Border Maid at Auckland with four Melanesian boys; The first Missionary voyage of the Border Maid - The Bishop of Newcastle's account of the visit to Maré - The adventure of Bishop Selwyn and his party in Mallicolo - The peculiar fitness of the Bishop for his work - The account given by the Bishop of Newcastle of the occurrence in Mallicolo - Return of the voyagers to Auckland; Some account of the scholars of St. John's College - The baptism and death of Apale, a Lifu boy; The Bishop embarks on a Missionary cruise with the Rev. Mr. Nihil and the Island boys - They obtain a letter of introduction from Mr. Geddie to the native teachers of Maré - Mr. Nihil's account of Missionary work in Maré [.] The Bishop and his party detained at Sydney for a time [.] The Mission Party reaches Anaiteum - They leave Anaiteum and sight "Fate," or Sandwich Island - Visits to Bauro, Gera, Malanta, Santa Cruz, Volcano Island, and Mallicolo, &c. - On their return they call at Norfolk Island for Mrs. Selwyn - Return to Auckland; Progress of the school at Auckland; [.] The Southern Cross again sails for the islands; [.] Typhoid fever in the Mission School - George Sarawia; Appenix I; Appendix II. [References: Bagnall 2838: "Much on the strong New Zealand involvement in the early years of the mission"; O'Reilly, Nouvelles-Hebrides 2655].; Ex-Library; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 5762
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