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Kapitel: Polynesien

Williams, John. Missionar (1796-1839). 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. Third thousand. London, Snow & Leifchild, 1837. 8°. Mit farb. Frontispiz, gefalteter Karte und zahlr. Abb. von G. Baxter auf 5 Tafeln und im Text. XVIII, 1 Bl., 589 S. Braunes Leder d. Zt. mit Rückentitel (etw. bestoßen und beschabt). 250,00 EUR
First edition; Third thousand. - Hill 1875: "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 [...] these insights into missionary and native life are very important to a complete understanding of Pacific history." - Papierbedingt leicht gebräunt. - Innendeckel mit Exlibris und Buchhändlermarke (Henry Sotheran), Vorsatz mit weiterem Exlibris. Zweiter Vorsatz mit handschriftlichen Widmung "J. H. W. Shepperd from his affectionate friend C. J. Giehen. Westwood House October 7th 1837.".
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