The Night Toil; or a Familiar Account of the First Missionaries in the South Sea Islands…. TAHITI, Mrs Favell Lee MORTIMER.
The Night Toil; or a Familiar Account of the First Missionaries in the South Sea Islands…

The Night Toil; or a Familiar Account of the First Missionaries…
The Night Toil; or a Familiar Account of the First Missionaries in the South Sea Islands…

London: G.J. Palmer for J. Hatchard and Son, 1844.

Octavo, engraved frontispiece, map and seven text vignettes; full contemporary calf; a fine copy.

English and French missionaries feuding in Tahiti

A particularly fine copy of an updated account of the London Missionary Society's activities in Tahiti, aimed at a juvenile market but full of information not readily available elsewhere. Mrs Mortimer drew initially on the Duff voyage accounts of the late-1790s, but for the later period used unpublished letters and journals and numerous reports printed in Missionary Transactions and the Quarterly Chronicle. Her account was first published in 1838; this second edition has additional material, including a violent attack on the French Catholic missionaries who had returned to the island in 1843. Letters from Queen Pomare to Queen Victoria about the "invasion" are quoted from and there are recent voyagers' accounts of the island, including Fitzroy's visit on the Beagle.

A particularly fine copy of an updated account of the London Missionary Society's activities in Tahiti, aimed at a juvenile market but full of information not readily available elsewhere. Mrs Mortimer drew initially on the Duff voyage accounts of the late-1790s, but for the later period used unpublished letters and journals and numerous reports printed in Missionary Transactions and the Quarterly Chronicle. Her account was first published in 1838; this second edition has additional material, including a violent attack on the French Catholic missionaries who had returned to the island in 1843. Letters from Queen Pomare to Queen Victoria about the "invasion" are quoted from and there are recent voyagers' accounts of the island, including Fitzroy's visit on the Beagle.

Provenance: presentation inscription from Anna Everett to Lucy Edgar, Clapham, 20 December 1849.

Not in BLC, Hill or Kroepelien; O'Reilly Reitman, 7561.

Price (AUD): $950.00

US$667.35   Other currencies

Ref: #3312018