Missions the Chief End of The Christian Church; Also, The Qualifications, Duties, and Trials, of an Indian Missionary: Being the Substance of Services held on the 7th March, in St Andrew’s Church, Edinburgh, at the Ordination of The Rev. Thomas Smith, as one of The Church of Scotland’s Missionaries to India. Third Edition.

  • Duff, Alexander
  • Edinburgh: John Johnstone 1839


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PRESENTATION COPY, 8vo, pp. vi, 3-171, [1]. Contemporary purple textured cloth, spine lettered direct in gilt. A touch of soiling and spotting. A little faded, spine ends bumped, endpapers marked. Presentation inscription to flyleaf, ‘With Christian regards from the author, Edinburgh, July 1839,’ and ownership inscription dated 1962, extensive marginal notes and underlinings to text in pencil and notes in ink to rear in same hand, Ownership inscription of Alexander Philip to flyleaf dated 1839.


3rd edition, in the same year as the first, of Alexander Duff's manual for the Christian missionary in India; there was to be a 4th edition in 1840. Duff (1806-1878) was the first Church of Scotland missionary in India and revolutionised the education system there, teaching in English and aiming 'specifically at the sons of the Bengali élite and to give them a liberal education in Western arts and sciences as well as Christian religious instruction.' (ODNB)

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