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Book Description

First edition, 50 photographic prints (around 15 original and 35 reproductions), 13 illustrations, 8vo, hardback, original boards, worn with edge wear, spine worn and firm, pages crisp, a good copy of a rare book. pp.96, London, Church Missionary Society, London, Spottiswoode and Co Ltd [1902].
Dealer Notes
A light-hearted account of the reverend s time in Persia working for the Christian Missionary Society, recording his travels and recollections of the customs throughout the region. Whilst having ideas fitting of his time, the book is fascinating study of Persia at the turn of the century and contains moments of inquisitive analysis.

In discussing Nasr- ed-Din, reference is made to his love of Persian cats and that It is said that on one occasion the Shah s cat fell asleep on the coat tails of a courtier. He cut off the coat-tails when he wanted to get up, rather than run the risk of offending the Shah by disturbing his favourite slumbers!' (p.3).

The highlights are the numerous photographic studies of the landscapes and people that were sensitively taken. These photos include: Persepolis, Isfahan, Julfa, and captivating portraits of the Persian people: dervishes, carpet weavers, outpatients at the Baghdad Hospital and Parsee families. Whilst the final section has photos that seem to have been approved/mass circulated by the C.M.S, it can be presumed that these were either captured by the author or by those working alongside him ( 'I took a photograph of the chief part of the ruin.' p.28). The book s final section covers a brief history of the work of the C.M.S Mission in Persia, broken down into three sections: its commencement, its development, its results and conclusion. Stileman also gives a valuable insight into some of the tasks conducted by the missionaries and their various struggles in establishing Christianity within the country.

Institutionally rare with Jisc locating six holdings.
Author STILEMAN (Rev. Charles)
Date 1907
Binding Hardback
Publisher Church Missionary Society
Condition Good
Pages 96

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