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  • THE ORENDA. by Boyden, Joseph.
    Boyden, Joseph.
    THE ORENDA.

    Edition: First printing.

    Toronto: Hamish Hamilton, (2013) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel by this award-winning Canadian writer, set in the seventeenth century, where a Jesuit missionary ventures into the wilderness in search of converts. "A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed. The Huron-Iroquois rivalry, now growing vicious, courses through this novel, and these three are its principal characters.. . a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed in faces nothing…

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    Toronto: Hamish Hamilton, (2013) dj. Hardcover first edition - Novel by this award-winning Canadian writer, set in the seventeenth century, where a Jesuit missionary ventures into the wilderness in search of converts. "A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed. The Huron-Iroquois rivalry, now growing vicious, courses through this novel, and these three are its principal characters.. . a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed in faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal." Winner of Canada Reads and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor GeneralÕs Award for Fiction. 490 pp. Map endpapers. ISBN: 978-670064182.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 87718
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  • THE ORENDA. by Boyden, Joseph.
    Boyden, Joseph.
    THE ORENDA.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. First edition - Novel by this award-winning Canadian writer, set in the seventeenth century, where a Jesuit missionary ventures into the wilderness in search of converts. "A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed. The Huron-Iroquois rivalry, now growing vicious, courses through this novel, and these three are its principal characters.. . a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed in faces nothing…

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    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014. First edition - Novel by this award-winning Canadian writer, set in the seventeenth century, where a Jesuit missionary ventures into the wilderness in search of converts. "A Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed. The Huron-Iroquois rivalry, now growing vicious, courses through this novel, and these three are its principal characters.. . a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed in faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal." Winner of Canada Reads and was nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Governor GeneralÕs Award for Fiction. 439 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 83215
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  • Buck, Pearl S.
    THE EXILE.

    Edition: 3rd printing (same year as the first.)

    New York: The John Day Company, (1936.). Hardcover - Fictionalized biography of the author's mother in China. 315 pp.

    Condition: Good only in orange cloth, lacking the dust jacket (rubbing and soiling to the spine, otherwise tight and clean.) A good reading copy,

    Book ID: 41514
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  • CITY OF TRANQUIL LIGHT. by Caldwell, Bo.
    Caldwell, Bo.
    CITY OF TRANQUIL LIGHT.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Henry Holt, (2010.) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's second novel, the story of a young couple in China in 1906, witnesses to the crumbling of a 2000 year old dynasty, and spent many years there working to help the people in the city that they came to love; a story inspired in part by the lives of the author's grandparents who were Mennonite missionaries in China from 1906 to 1961. SIGNED on the title page. 287 pp. ISBN: 978-0805092288.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 55047
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  • SKETCHES OF KAFIR LIFE (with Illustrations.) by Callaway, Godfrey
    Callaway, Godfrey
    SKETCHES OF KAFIR LIFE (with Illustrations.)

    Edition: Facsimile reprint.

    New York: Negro Universities Press, (1969.). Hardcover - Reissue of this account of native life in South Africa written by the missionary priest at St Cuthbert's and originally published in 1905. Illustrated with several photographs. 154 pp. ISBN: 0-83711277X.

    Condition: Fine in brown cloth with gilt lettering on the spine.

    Book ID: 40589
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  • SALVADOR WITNESS: The Life and Calling of Jean Donovan. by Carrigan, Ana.
    Carrigan, Ana.
    SALVADOR WITNESS: The Life and Calling of Jean Donovan.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1984). Hardcover first edition - Biography of one of four American Catholic missionary workers brutally murdered on a back road near the Salvadoran capital of San Salvador - from her privileged upbringing in a Connecticut suburb to her decision to dedicate her life to helping the poor and oppressed. Illustrated with photographs. 317 pp. ISBN: 0-67147992x.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (remainder line, 2 nicks to upper edge of dj, but a tight and clean copy)

    Book ID: 88126
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  • Chirenje, J. Mutero
    ETHOPIANISM AND AFRO-AMERICANS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, 1883-1916.

    Edition: First printing.

    Baton Rouge, LA Louisiana State University Press, 1987. dj. Hardcover first edition - Deals with the rise of African independent churches in Southern Africa in the late 19th century and with the role that African Americans played in that rise. One of the most significant alliances was with Bishop Henry McNeal Turner of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and in addition, African students came to the US to study at black religious colleges and young African Americans were sent to Africa as missionaries. Several appendices, extensive bibliography, index. 231 pp. ISBN: 0-8071-13190.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket (a new copy.)

    Book ID: 24957
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  • WHITE MAN'S GOD. by Churchill, Rhona.
    Churchill, Rhona.
    WHITE MAN'S GOD.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: William H. Morrow, (1962.) dj. Hardcover first edition - "An unforgettable report on South Africa from Kraal to apartheid. Talks about the "whole great fraud perpertrated on the black people of South Africa. We came to them one hundred and more years ago with a bible in one hand and a set of chains in the other." Nevertheless, in gathering the information for this book, she still used the missionaries to make contact, to bypass the rules and to mix with Africans of every social level. Illustrated with photographs. 205 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (short closed tear along fold of rear flap)

    Book ID: 57423
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  • SWALLOW CLIFF: A Novel of Village Life in China. by Drummond, Ellen L.
    Drummond, Ellen L.
    SWALLOW CLIFF: A Novel of Village Life in China.

    Edition: First edition.

    Chicago: Moody Press, (1961) dj. Hardcover first edition - A religious tale set in the little hamlet of Swallow Cliff on the Yangste River by a woman who the daughter of missionaries to China, brought up there, and became a missionary herself. Illustrated by the author with black and white drawings throughout, Epilogue by Christiana Tsai. 284 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (gift inscription on front endpaper, a bit of chipping to base of spine of dj.)

    Book ID: 61279
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  • THE TAKULA TREE. by Fleming, Elizabeth P.
    Fleming, Elizabeth P.
    THE TAKULA TREE.

    Edition: First edition.

    Philadelphia: The Westminister Press, (1964) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A story of danger and adventure set in Africa during a tumultuous time - "What do you do when your whole world suddenly turns against you? This is the problem that faces young Paul Manship, son of missionaries in Africa." Fortunately his friend Daniel has shown him the takula tree and the hut underneath it where he can hide with his mother until someone can lead them through the jungle to safety. Illustrated with drawings by Robert L. Jefferson. The author was herself the child of missionaries, born in Japan. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper - "To my friend ---- with best wishes" 164 pp.

    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (some short edge tears to the dj)

    Book ID: 69043
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  • Lerrigo, P. H. J. [Peter Hugh James]
    ROCK-BREAKERS: Kingdom Building in Kongo Land.

    Edition: First printing.

    Philadelphia: Judson Press, (1922.). Hardcover first edition - Although primarily an account of Christian Protestant missionaries work in the Belgian Congo, this also gives a picture of Africa itself and of the lives of the Africans. Includes one chapter on "rival practicioners" - on medicine men and medical missionaries. Illustrated with photographs. Fold-out map. Uncommon. 200 pp.

    Condition: From a Baptist Seminary library with the usual markings, but overall good condition: tight and clean in orange cloth with black lettering.

    Book ID: 38891
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  • Lerrigo, P. H. J. [Peter Hugh James]
    OMWA? ARE YOU AWAKE?

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Fleming H. Ravel, (1936.). Hardcover first edition - The author made several trips to the Belgian Congo, visiting with missionaries there - but this book focuses on the native African people - on their ways - but also on their reactions to missionaries and to other whites who came to their country - the first chapter begins with Mongo, the cannibal, recounting his story and Yuka recalling his meeting with Stanley.Includes chapters on women, witch doctors, on the work of the missionaries, the difficulties of travel and more. Illustrated with photographs. 175 pp.

    Condition: From a Baptist Seminary library with the usual markings, but overall good condition: tight and clean in blue cloth with orange lettering.

    Book ID: 38894
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  • FRIENDS OF AFRICA. by Mackenzie, Jean K.; Mrs. Donald Fraser, Mrs. Frederick B. Bridgman and J. H. Oldham
    Mackenzie, Jean K.; Mrs. Donald Fraser, Mrs. Frederick B. Bridgman and J. H. Oldham
    FRIENDS OF AFRICA.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback, issued simultaneously with hardcover.

    Cambridge, MA: The Central Committee of the United Study of Foreign Missions, (1928.). First edition - A study of conditions in Africa, and the part Christian friends of Africa may hope to play - as teachers, doctors, and more. Illustrated with photographs, a colored map. Bibliography, index. 250 pp.

    Condition: Very good in tan wrappers.

    Book ID: 56781
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  • A ROYAL AFRICAN (formerly: I Was a Savage) by Modupe, Prince.
    Modupe, Prince.
    A ROYAL AFRICAN (formerly: I Was a Savage)

    Edition: First thus.

    New York: Praeger, (1969) dj. Hardcover first edition - Autobiography of a man born into the the ruling family and destined to be the chief of his village in French Guinea, West Africa, but who instead came to the United States where he had a distinguished career as a musician, writer, actor and lecturer. This book focuses on revealing an African value system rooted in brotherly love, communal responsibility, and harmony with nature. Foreword by Peter B. Hammond. viii, 179 pp

    Condition: Ex-library with relatively fews markings, but overall tight and clean in a very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89117
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  • AND WE THE PEOPLE: Ten Years With the Primitive Tribes of New Guinea. by O'Neill, Tim.
    O'Neill, Tim.
    AND WE THE PEOPLE: Ten Years With the Primitive Tribes of New Guinea.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: P. J. Kenedy & Sons, (1961). Hardcover first edition - The author's experiences as a Roman Catholic missionary to the Mengen tribes on the South Sea island of New Britain in the years after World War II. The members of the tribe describe themselves in the Melanesian idiom as " we the people." Illustrated with photographs. Preface by the Bishop of Rabaul. xiii, 248 pp. End paper maps of the territory of Papua New Guinea and New Britain.

    Condition: Very good in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine, no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 67804
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  • AFRICAN DRUMS. by Puleston, Dr, Fred.
    Puleston, Dr, Fred.
    AFRICAN DRUMS.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: Farrar & Rinehart, (1930). Hardcover - Fred Puleston ran away from home at 17 and went to Africa as an agent for Hattan & Cookson he stayed there off and on for 14 years: 1882 to 1896. This book - which describes those experiences - includes some surprising statements - For example "All white men (except missionaries) of his acquaintance in the Congo had black 'harems'."[one to three native girls - he approved the custom.] Cannibalism was common among the blacks; three of Agent Puleston's friends were eaten. Twice he met Explorer Stanley, "discoverer" of Livingstone. Other chapters deal with witch doctors, and in one he contrasts slavery in Africa as practiced by Africans versus that of…

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    New York: Farrar & Rinehart, (1930). Hardcover - Fred Puleston ran away from home at 17 and went to Africa as an agent for Hattan & Cookson he stayed there off and on for 14 years: 1882 to 1896. This book - which describes those experiences - includes some surprising statements - For example "All white men (except missionaries) of his acquaintance in the Congo had black 'harems'."[one to three native girls - he approved the custom.] Cannibalism was common among the blacks; three of Agent Puleston's friends were eaten. Twice he met Explorer Stanley, "discoverer" of Livingstone. Other chapters deal with witch doctors, and in one he contrasts slavery in Africa as practiced by Africans versus that of white men, whom he accuses of turning two islands into "hell holes." Puleston is also known as one who exposed Alfred Aloysius ("Trader") Horn. Indignation at the gross ignorance of Congo Africa which he detected in the "Horn-books" caused Dr. Puleston (then a prosperous Miami, Florida physician) to exclaim to friends, "I can't believe this man was ever in the Congo!" Illustrated with fantastic art deco paintings and drawings by Andre Durenceau (as one commentator noted "his illustrations tended towards the provocative, and even at times the erotic and grotesque.") including a color frontispiece and endpapers, 5 black and white glossy full page plates and several small drawings at the tail of some of the chapters. 318 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in brown cloth with dark brown lettering (some wear to the edges of the boards and the corners, but overall a clean and tight copy), no dust jacket.

    Book ID: 85085
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  • Sacre'-Coeur, Sister Marie-Andreus du.
    THE HOUSE STANDS FIRM: Family Life in West Africa.

    Edition: First US printing.

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin: The Bruce Publishing Co., (1962.) dj. First edition - Translated from the French by Alba I. Zizzamia. - the first book by the author, who was a White Sister missionary nurse and worked for many years in Francophone West Africa, to appear in English. Covers West African family life, customs, education with a special emphasis on the role and importance of African women. Index. xviii, 239 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (some rubbing to the dj.)

    Book ID: 36405
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  • THE GIRL NEXT DOOR. by Seaman, Augusta Huiell.
    Seaman, Augusta Huiell.
    THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.

    Edition: Early printing.

    New York: The Century Co., 1918 (c 1917.). Hardcover - Seaman's books have become hard to find in recent years, but are wonderful stories for girls - many involving history and hidden mysteries rooted in the past. In this story, a girl moves to the city, and next door to her apartment building is a ramshackle old house known as "Benedict's Folly" - and living in that house is a strange girl. Missionaries to China and the Boxer Rebellion all play a part in this story - this book is dedicated to Hoa-Sian-Si-Nui (Margaret Gillespie Fagg) and Hoa -Sian-Si (John Gerardus Fagg, the author of Forty Years in South China.) Illustrated with a frontispiece and 7 glossy inserted plates by C. M. Relyea. 260 pp.

    Condition: Good only - both hinges cracked, some foxing to title page and general wear to illustrated beige cloth covers - but still a good reading copy of an uncommon book.

    Book ID: 85137
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  • Siwundhla, Alice Princess
    ALICE PRINCESS: An Autobiography

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Mountain View, CA & and Omaha, NE: Pacific Press Publishing Association 1966. dj. SIGNED hardcover - SIGNED on front endpaper 'with love' Autobiography of an African orphan, who was educated in a mission school and then adopted by an American couple. Her life was featured in a "This is Your Life" segment, and she herself returned to Africa in a missionary capacity.

    Condition: Very good in a fair only dust jacket (prev owner's name, large chip to front cover of dj, spine faded, other edgewear)

    Book ID: 27218
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  • Siwundhla, Alice Princess
    ALICE PRINCESS: An Autobiography

    Edition: First printing.

    Mountain View, CA & and Omaha, NE: Pacific Press Publishing Association 1966. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - SIGNED on front endpaper with 'best wishes' Autobiography of an African orphan, who was educated in a mission school and then adopted by an American couple. Her life was featured in a "This is Your Life" segment, and she herself returned to Africa in a missionary capacity.

    Condition: Fine i n illustrated boards, in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 25039
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  • LIFE AND TIMES OF MRS. LUCY G. THURSTON, Wife of Rev. Asa Thurston, Pioneer Missionary to the Sandwich Islands. by Thurston, Mrs. Lucy G. (introduction by Lorrin A. Thurston.)
    Thurston, Mrs. Lucy G. (introduction by Lorrin A. Thurston.)
    LIFE AND TIMES OF MRS. LUCY G. THURSTON, Wife of Rev. Asa Thurston, Pioneer Missionary to the Sandwich Islands.

    Edition: First thus - the 'second edition'

    [Advertiser Publishing Company], [1921.]. Hardcover first edition - Originally published in 1882, this classic account of the missionary work in the Hawaiian Islands was 'gathered from letters and journal extending over a period of more than 50 years selected and arranged by herself.' Thurston arrived in Hawaii in 1820 and died there in 1876, and this book provides a great deal of detail about life in Hawaii as well as the work of the missionaries. This second edition, one of just 1000 copies, includes a new introduction by Lorrin A. Thurston, a reproduction of the original title page, and is the first to include 16 additional illustrations, some from engravings, others from drawings by Lucy's daughter and others. (the…

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    [Advertiser Publishing Company], [1921.]. Hardcover first edition - Originally published in 1882, this classic account of the missionary work in the Hawaiian Islands was 'gathered from letters and journal extending over a period of more than 50 years selected and arranged by herself.' Thurston arrived in Hawaii in 1820 and died there in 1876, and this book provides a great deal of detail about life in Hawaii as well as the work of the missionaries. This second edition, one of just 1000 copies, includes a new introduction by Lorrin A. Thurston, a reproduction of the original title page, and is the first to include 16 additional illustrations, some from engravings, others from drawings by Lucy's daughter and others. (the first had only a frontispiece) . As such, this could be considered the 'best' edition. x, 307 pp plus 4 pp index.

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    Condition: Very good condition in gray cloth boards with gilt lettering on the spine (faint stamp of previous owner, some rubbing and wear to cloth covers, but gilt lettering on spine is bright, binding is sturdy, pages are clean and supple.) Uncommon in all printings.

    Book ID: 51239
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  • Whipple, Charles K.
    RELATION OF THE AMERICAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS TO SLAVERY.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Negro Universities Press, 1969. Facsimile reprint of a work originally published in 1861. An indictment of the mission for its refusal to condemn slavery - 'this last unequivocal and emphatic uplifting of the voice of the Board on behalf of slavery will help many Christians to realize how far different is its teaching from the Gospel of Christ.' 45 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in brown cloth (some discoloration to front endpapers from binder's glue, a flaw found in most, if not all, copies, a few spots on edge of textblock).

    Book ID: 11532
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