Philadelphia: Presbyterian Board of Publication, [1855?]. 8vo. 285 pp. With frontispiece (detached but present) and 12 plates. Red stamped cloth with gilt title and pictorial on cover and spine, exterior slightly soiled, corners bumped, head of spine frayed. Text is toned, but clean. Item #15213
First American edition. This is one of two parts published, the other being a description of Western Polynesia. A fine history of Christian missions in the eastern South Pacific, about halfway between California and Australia. The work details the historical efforts of missionaries to convert the “savages” and is complete with full-page illustrations of stirring Christian triumph.