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The Land of Charity:" - A Descriptive Account - Mateer, Rev Samuel - 1871. 
John Snow and Co., London 1871 - x, 370 pages + frontispiece and six plates. Illustrations, map, musical notation. Full nineteenth century leather, paneled spine decorated gilt with title label, cover edges ruled in gilt and blind. With the bookbinder's stamp of Seton & Mackenzie. *** An account of missionary labours in this area at the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent which contains a wealth of historical, archaeological, environmental, linguistic and ethnographical details. - The binding of this book displays interesting evidence of its ownership history over the century since its publication: Originally issued as a school prize for the Edinburgh Collegiate School, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, with the school crest stamped in gilt on front cover. The book-plate of the latter school prize was then removed from the front inner pastedown and replaced by one for the Dennistoun Congregational Church Sabbath School as a prize for special services in collecting for the missionary fund, dated 1909. On the rear pastedown is a twentieth century engraved book plate of (William) Anthony Caswell, designed in a surreal and erotic style by the french artist François Righi. *** Some foxing to the text-block, otherwise a very good copy of the uncommon first edition, without any damage, library stamps, inscriptions or other markings. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Joe Collins Rare Books]
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