T.H. BLUNT 1899 - 1909 ORIGINAL FRIENDSHIP AND MEMORY ALBUM OWNED BY RENOWNED CHRISTIAN AUTHOR AND MISSIONARY SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY NOTED MISSIONARIES AROUND THE WORLD
NEW HEBRIDES KURDISTAN JERUSALEM CHINA 1899 Very Good
On offer is a super relic of early 20th Century Christian Missionary outreach being an autograph album with handwritten, hand-drawn entries from noted Missionaries around the world. A printed card pasted on the front free endpaper identifies this as belonging to T.H. Blunt, Gorse Bank, Bury. The Reverend T.H. Blunt was an English author of 'A Plain Account of the English Bible, and its Translators from the Earliest Times'. Very charming with pastel paper pages with twenty-seven pages of with autographs, prose, biblical passages written by missionaries from New Hebrides, Kurdistan, Jerusalem and China. It is written in English, as well as in Chinese characters and a number of other languages. Included signatures and inscriptions are by such personages as Wilda Mathews, of the Inland Mission China, who later in life, with her husband Arthur were the last foreign Missionaries to leave China in 1953 following the take-over of the Communist Party in 1945; Bishop Sargis, Jeloo; John B. Martin who ran a boy's day school in Tsin-chow, China; George A.C. Forder, Jerusalem, who was born April 20, 1895, and whose father was a Missionary in the Holy Land. The son became Assistant Finance Officer in the Military Governate, Jerusalem in 1919; and Frank Hume Lyall Paton, New Hebrides (Paton 1870-1938, was born on the island of Aniwa, in what was then New Hebrides). The book also includes a page with the red wax seal of the Governor from Jeloo, Kurdistan, Turkey; an original water color of birds; and a page with the blue Jewish National Fund label with Star of David and the word for Zion in Hebrew. There are also two loose handwritten pieces: one page folded related to Jeloo orphanage, and one page rough map showing various cities with missionaries, or a tour itinerary. Soft black leather, pages all edges gilt, with gilt lettering on front cover, and borders inside of book covers. Good, covers some whitening of letters, wear, extremities worn, especially head and tail of spine strip, some cracking of hinges. A rare and unusual original work of interest to those who collect material related to religion and the Christian missionary movement at the turn-of-the-century. VG.