HOPKINS, A. I.
In the Isles of King Solomon.
An Account of Twenty-five Years spent amongst the Primitive Solomon Islanders.
First edition. Uncommon account, particularly desirable in the jacket. Hopkins “joined the [Melanesian] Mission in 1900. At that time, N. Mala in the Solomon Islands was the most difficult problem in its whole area. A large island with a population of over 60,000, it was known to contain the wildest lot of cannibals in the Pacific. No white man had ever stayed on the island. With a few native teachers he established himself in the face of great dangers. The bush people continually raided and killed his teachers and converts. He was on Mala when the Queensland Government returned the Kanakas, the majority of whom belonged to Mala. It was a very difficult and dangerous time. Gradually he obtained an influence over the natives, and established schools. As a result, Mala is now becoming Christian, cannibalism no longer exists, and the island is one of the Government centres, with a Resident Deputy Commissioner. In 1919, Mr. Hopkins became Principal of the Theological College at Siota, and until 1926 was responsible for the training of all Ordination Candidates.” (From the Bishop of Rochester’s introduction to the official account of the mission, compiled by Hopkins, and published by the SPCK the previous year.)
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Octavo. Original green cloth, title gilt to spine, gilt block of an islander with a spear to the upper board. With the pictorial dust jacket. Frontispiece and 15 other plates, full-page map to the text, folding map at the rear. Slight lean, light toning, a few informed pencilled notes to the margins, else very good in the slightly rubbed and chipped, but pictorially and typographically complete jacket.