1844 The Martyr Missionary of Erromanga The Life of John Williams, antique book, exotic travels book, cannibalism book, Graduation gift

$27.20 $34.00

Here we have an old book in that gripping genre of early dventurers and travelers into unknown places, in this case, Missionary John Williams (1796-1839), who in November 1839, while visiting a part of the New Hebrides was, along with a fellow missionary, killed and eaten by cannibals on the island of Erromanga during a proselytizing trip.

This version is missing the first engraving page--a frontispiece--that would have been just before and facing the title page. Additionally, there are condition issues with the cover of the book, including at the uppermost top and bottom of the spine, where the reddish part of the cover is peeling loose from the rest of the binding. The book's spine is also discolored from exposure, and is now more brown than the rest of the cover. Inside pages have some small marks on them--an X here or a note there. And on the very back inner cover a previous owner made notes of some type, apparently not about the book itself.

The book was published in 1844 by the American Sunday-School Union. This is from the Lond Edition, rewritten and abridged for the American Sunday School Union and revised by the Committee of Publication. Book size is 4" wide by 6" tall.

A great conversation piece, even if a fragile one.


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