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ELLIS, The Rev. William (1794-1872). History of Madagascar. London: Fisher, Son, and Co.,  2 volumes, 8° (212 x 130mm). 9 lithographic plates, including 2 frontispieces, one 'printed in oil colours' by G. Baxter, two folding maps. (Light spotting to frontispieces and margins of a few plates.) 19th-century diced green calf gilt. Provenance: James Blyth (armorial bookplate).
First edition of Ellis' work compiled from original documents. William Ellis acted as the Foreign Secretary to the London Missionary Society; his account comprises 'the progress to the Christian mission established in 1818; and an authentic account of recent martyrdom, and of the persecution of the native Christians'. Grandidier, 1631;
[Together with]: Samuel COPLAND. A History of the Island of Madagascar... with an Appendix, containing a history of the several attempts to introduce Christianity into the island. London: Burton and Smith, 1822. 8°. Folding map. First edition. Grandidier 1097; Dr. D. Hume WEATHERHEAD. Madagascar, Past and Present. With considerations as to the political and commercial interests of Great Britain and France; and as to the progress of Christian civilisation. London: Richard Bentley, 1847. 8°. Provenance: James Blyth (armorial bookplate). First edition. Grandidier 5118. [And]: 4 other Missionary accounts of Madagascar, including The Widowed Missionary's Journal (1827), inscribed by one of the original subscribers, and The Rev. J. A. HOULDER. North-east Madagascar. Antananarivo: L. M. S. Press, 1877; and 3 others.
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