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Congo Mission of the A.B.M.U.
Methuen Mass 1904 - Map in manuscript, diamond dyes, India ink and stencil on cloth. Scale approx. 1 inch : 35 miles. 38 x 55 in. A remarkable survival and possibly the sole example produced. Bordered by Cameroon, French Congo and Angola on the left, and Rhodesia, German East Africa and Uganda on the right, the map is dominated by the Congo Free State which existed between 1885-1908. It was created at the behest of Belgium's King Leopold II and incorporates the area now covered by Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.With the Congo River in the center, the map includes Lakes Victoria and Malawi. Numerous tribes, African cities, and villages are noted. Missions include the Presbyterian Mission, the Methodist Mission, the Methodist Episcopal Mission, and the American Board. Towns and villages with established missions are underlined in red. Based in Methuen, Massachusetts, the cartographer Samuel Eleazer Mann (1853-1930) produced these large format missionary field maps for the American Baptist Missionary Union. The maps appear to be one-offs and were made for several of the Baptist Missions, though the A.B.M.U. was the largest client. This large format was typical of Mann's maps, Harvard has a copy of his map of Japan that is a similar size.The lower left corner of the map bears the name J. P. Goodwin and the date 1904. This is possibly John P. Goodwin, a Long Island born member of the A.B.M.U. Although his name is not clearly associated with the Congo Mission, it appears he must have owned this map as early as 1904, when the mission was still active. Established in 1814, the American Baptist Missionary Union (A.B.M.U) formerly known as the American Baptist Missionary Union and the American Baptist Foreign Mission Society is an international Protestant Christian missionary society. Sponsored by two American missionaries in Burma, Adoniram Judson and Ann Hasseltine Judson, it is the oldest Baptist missionary organization based in North America. Importantly, the ABMU was the first societies to voice concern of atrocities in the Congo Free State and as early as 1895 induced the US state department to visit. Some minor staining but very good indeed Map in manuscript, diamond dyes, India ink and stencil on cloth. Scale approx. 1 inch : 35 miles. 38 x 55 in [Attributes: Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller, ABAA]
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