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The History of the Tahitian Mission 1799-1830 [Second Series, No. CXVI]

Davies, John (Text by); C. W. Newbury (Edited by)

Published by Published for the Hakluyt Society at the University Press, Cambridge, 1961
Condition: g+ to vg Hardcover

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Quarto. LIV, 392pp. Original gilt-, and blind-stamped blue cloth, with gold lettering on spine. Frontispiece. In the wake of the navigators who finally opened up the Pacific came missionaries, traders and finally administrators. In the early decades of the 19th century Polynesia was a rich field for the curious and the calculating, for writers and adventurers. The pioneer European settlers in Eastern Polynesia were ministers and mechanics sent out on the crest of an Evangelical wave the merged with the currents and eddies of trade and whaling to break down the isolation of the islands and their inhabitants. Among the pioneers was Welshman John Davies (1772-1855) who spent just over 50 years of his life on Tahiti and neighbouring islands. He witnessed the rise of the Pomare dynasty, conversion to Christianity, reaction to attempts at theocratic government, and the gradual encroachment of alien commerce and European rule. His colleagues have made their contribution to the history and anthropology of Polynesia. Davies himself, teacher, linguist and careful observer, wrote his own story of the Mission, its personalities and their contact with the Polynesians, from the early phase of disillusionment through three decades of political and economic change, destruction and reconstruction. From this contact there emerged the uneasy compromise of missionary and indigenous beliefs and institutions that characterized Tahiti and its neighbours before and after the advent of French administration. Davies's manuscript History is here edited and annotated, supplemented by the writings of other missionaries and presented as a contribution to the literature of the Pacific (from the publishers). This volume is complete with all its in-text illustrations, full-page and folded maps and plates. Minor age-toning to spine and along edges of binding. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39254

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Title: The History of the Tahitian Mission 1799-...

Publisher: Published for the Hakluyt Society at the University Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 1961

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g+ to vg

Edition: First edition.

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