[ Samoa in the nineteen-twenties. ] Eight letters, Typed and in Autograph, from a Methodist missionary ('Will') to his father in England, describing his impressions on arrival at his post in Western Samoa.

Samoa [ Gagaemalae, Savaii Western Samoa] [ Methodist missionary work; Christianity ]
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The six complete letters dated from Gagaemalae, Savaii, Western Samoa, between May and October 1925.

An interesting and informative correspondence, giving the initial impressions of an unnamed nineteen-twenties Methodist minister in Samoa, describing local customs, the state of Christianity in the region (including a denunciation of the Mormons), his view of his duties and the nature of his work, his heavy workload, and other topics including the importance of the coconut and the necessity for every Samoan male to 'destroy fifteen beetles a week'. Eight letters (two incomplete), of which three are in autograph and the other five typed. Totalling 46pp., 4to. (23pp. autograph; 23pp. typed).

[ Madagascar persecution of Christians: Victorian pamphlet in Welsh. ] Hanes Am Erlidigaeth Y Cristionogion Yn Madagascar; Ynghyd A Diangfa Y Ffoedigion I Brydain Fawr. Gan Y Parch. D. Johns, Cenadwr Dros Amryw Flynyddau Yn Yr Ynys.

Parch. D. Johns [ David Johns (1796-1843) ], Cenadwr Dros Amryw Flynyddau Yn Yr Ynys [ Madagascar ]
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Llanelli: Argraffwyd Gan David Rees, A John Thomas. 1840.

An abbreviated version of 'A Narrative of the Persecution of the Christians in Madagascar' by J. J. Freeman and David Johns. Johns was for seventeen years one of the London Missionary Society's missionaries in Madagascar. 94pp., 12mo. Disbound pamphlet without wraps. Some staining to title-leaf, otherwise in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. Engraving on title-page showing group of natives holding their spears aloft over a captive, titled 'Merthyrdod Rasalama'. Table on final page headed 'Cofres'. Six copies on COPAC. Now extremely scarce.

[ Charles Meldrum, Superintendent, Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C Meldrum') [ to Alexander Ramsay ] regarding 'The Scientific Roll'.

Charles Meldrum (1821-1901), Scottish meteorologist, Superintendent, Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius, 1875-1896 [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of 'The Scientific Roll' ]
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Royal Alfred Observatory, Mauritius. [ On notepaper embossed with British crest. ] 27 December 1881.

1p., 12mo. On grey paper. In good condition, lightly aged. Small manuscript shelf-mark at top left. He thanks him for sending 'the numbers of the Scientific Roll', and asks to be put down as a subscriber. 'I shall try to get the others.

[ Sir Frank Stockdale in Mauritius. ] 23 items relating to Stockdale's post as Director of Agriculture in Mauritius, including two signed letters apiece from Sir John Middleton and Sir H. J. Read.

Sir Frank Stockdale [ Sir Frank Arthur Stockdale ] (1883-1949), agriculturist and colonial civil servant [ Mauritius; Sir John Middleton (1870-1954); Sir Herbert James Read (1863-1949) ]
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Mauritius (including items on letterhead of the Department of Agriculture, Reduit) and London (including from Downing Street). Between 1912 and 1916.

For information on Stockdale, see his entry in the Oxford DNB. The collection is in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 21 of the 23 items are typed, one is printed and one in autograph. The material consists of professional and departmental correspondence concerning Stockdale's appointment and tenure, with the final items relating to his application for and promotion to a similar post in Ceylon. It includes an eight-page copy, tied with green string, of a communication from J. R.

Unattributed engraving entitled 'A FAMILY in DUSK BAY, NEW ZEALAND.'

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Without date or place, but taken from George William Anderson's 'A new, authentic, and complete collection of voyages round the world [...] containing a new [...] account of Captain Cook's [...] voyages' (London: Alexander Hogg, [1785]).

Roughly nine and a half inches by fifteen wide. Mounted on a piece of card, with some fraying to extremities. Somewhat aged, but a good impression of a strong, striking idealised illustration, showing a bearded warrior with a club, emerging from the undergrowth beside a tree and fast-flowing water, beside which four women (one of them baring a breast) recline with their children.

Mauritius; Or, The Isle of France: Being an Account of the Island, Its History, Geography, Products, and Inhabitants.

Rev. Francis P. Flemyng [Mary Addison]
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[1862.] London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge; Sold at the Depositories; 77, Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields; 4, Royal Exchange; 48, Piccadilly; and by all booksellers. [London: R. Clay, Son, and Taylor, Printers.]

12mo: xiv + 256 + [ii] pp. Detailed fold-out map of the island, in black, blue and pink. Frontispiece and seventeen illustrations. A tight copy on lightly-aged paper, in worn original embossed green cloth binding, gilt. Map creased and with short closed tear. A nice copy of an interesting little book, bearing the bookplate of the botanist Mary Addison, to whom it was presented, according to an inscription on the front free endpaper, by the Reverend J. Hoding on 30 August 1867. A few neat synoptic notes in the margin, presumably by Addison. Four-page SPCK catalogue at rear.

Typed Letter Signed to G. K. Menzies, [Secretary,] Royal Society of Arts.

Arthur Joseph Davis [ARCHITECTURE]
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15 July 1925; on letterhead of Mewes & Davis, Architects, 22 Conduit Street, W.1.

English architect (1878-1951) whose firm's commissions include the Ritz Hotel in London, the country houses Luton Hoo, Coombe Court and Polesden Lacey, and the ocean liners Aquitania and Queen Mary. One page, folio. Very good. Docketed and carrying the Society's stamp. He has 'called on Sir Charles Allom with regard to the judgment of the designs which you showed me yesterday', and they agree that 'only two of the selected schemes should be rewarded.

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