GESCHICHTE DER MISSION DER EVANGELISCHEN BRUEDER AUF DEN CARAIBISCHEN INSELN ST. THOMAS, ST. CROIX, ST. JAN. HERAUSGEGEBEN DURCH JOHANN JAKOB BOSSART.

Oldendorp, Christian George Andreas:

Published by Barby, Switzerland. 1777., 1777
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Two volumes bound in one. [16],444,[4],[4],447- 1068,[46]pp. plus three folding maps, four folding plates, and a folding chart. Thick octavo. Modern calf, gilt spine. Hinges cracked, front board separating. Internally pristine. Very good plus. Oldendorp was a minister in the Moravian Church in Europe who was sent to the Danish West Indies to collect data for a history of the mission there. Over a period of seventeen months on St. Croix, he compiled a vast amount of information about local customs through his extensive interviewing of resident Blacks from thirty different tribes. In addition, Oldendorp made notes relating to the natural resources of the island. The second part of the book contains the history of the mission. "With the help of an editor, Johann Jacob Bossart, who arranged the copious materials in a meaningful way, Oldendorp's German- language report became a cornerstone of eighteenth- century West Indian scholarship. Two hundred years later, two American scholars translated Oldendorp's work into English as A CARIBBEAN MISSION. Interest in the book has never waned" - Robert Graff. The lovely engraved views are among the first made of these islands, showing the missions on St. Thomas and St. John, and two views on St. Croix. Not in the Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection at Hamilton College, and in few American collections. SABIN 57152. Robert Graff, "An Island of Immigrants" in GAZETTE OF THE GROLIER CLUB No. 40/41, pp.37-38. BELL O70. Bookseller Inventory # WRCAM 17592

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Title: GESCHICHTE DER MISSION DER EVANGELISCHEN ...

Publisher: Barby, Switzerland. 1777.

Publication Date: 1777

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