Travels in South Africa. Undertaken at the Request of the Missionary Society
Flagg and Gould, Andover, USA. 1816, First Edition. Hardcover, with dust jacket. 398 pages (complete). An historically thrilling copy. Published by one of the very first publishing houses in the United States, Abraham Gould and Timothy Flagg set up their press for the Andover Theological Seminary (now the oldest theological school in the US). The date this book was published and sold at the school, a graduate of the seminary was Hiram Bingham who was one of the first missionaries to Hawaii, and alphabetised the Hawaiian language. The opp first free page has an ex-libris plate for JOHN LOWELL JR. Lowell has SIGNED the first free page. Lowell, was one of the Boston Brahmin families (those families who were the first to settle in Boston). His grandfather was one of these original settlers. Lowell, himself, became very successful. He started and left as a bequest, the Lowell Institute in Boston, whose activities are now spread to the Harvard University Extension School. The plate is also signed: F C Lowell (but it is unsure whether this be the industrialist or the judge!). A most resolute, sturdy copy. The rather functional boards are much worn, stained, aged all about. The spine is also very worn. It has been been reinforced with a leather strip. The boards are stoically sound and steady. The contents are placid. They are aged but benevolent. The early pages, in particular, are stained at the bottom spine corners from storage. Some pages are uncut. Despite their venerability, the pages are assured, a little tanned, clear, clean, confident, generous, comfortable, foxed here and there, genial and congenial. fk. Fair/No Jacket.
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