London: William Crofts, 1836.
First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 8vo, pp. iv, 412. Complete as descrbed in Mendelssohn (I: 587-88) with 26 plates (two colored, one partially colored) and two maps with partial coloring in outline. Attractively bound in later three-quarter green morocco with marbled boards, gilt spine in three compartments (titles slightly off center), new endpapers. Text clean, some plates with mild to moderate foxing. Lower margin of smaller map is trimmed, with neatline gone, but all map content present. Abbey, Travel, #332. Gardiner (1794-1851) was a British naval officer with a passion for missionary work. He went to Africa in 1834, explored Zululand, and started the first missionary station at Port Natal, although "political events and native wars combined to prevent any permanent success" (DNB). This work describes his travels and extensive efforts (with much gift-giving) to persuade the native leaders to support his mission. Mendelssohn writes that "there is interesting description of the country, and it would appear that the military system and the deep-rooted belief in witchcraft prevailing among the inhabitants were great stumbling blocks to the conversion of the natives."
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