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Reverend Meekly Obstinate Pious vs. the Fegee Islanders.

Auction:
3245T
Lot:
1253
Sold for:
$2,460$2,000

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Auction:
Books & Manuscripts - 3245T
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
May 08, 2019 12:00PM

Description:

Reverend Meekly Obstinate Pious vs. the Fegee Islanders. [England, mid-19th century]. Oblong folio, consisting of fourteen satirical watercolors relating the story of Meekly Obstinate Pious of Oxford, who travels to Fiji as a missionary and meets an unfortunate end at the hands of his cannibalistic would-be converts, told in graphic detail with disturbingly racist depictions of the native Fijians; each leaf with a large watercolor and several lines of narrative text; each re-mounted on heavy paper, edges of some mounts chipped, later half-leather boards, both detached, disbound, sewing failed, each page loose, 11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. [together with] Patrick Brantlinger's Taming Cannibals: Race and the Victorians, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2019, in paperback.

Jack London's The Whale Tooth was based on the true story of Thomas Baker (1832-1867), a Wesleyan missionary to Fiji who was killed and eaten on the island by some of its indigenous inhabitants, Herman Melville's Typee also includes mid-19th century accounts of European culture with Pacific Islanders.
Estimate $4,000-6,000


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Keywords

Thomas Baker, Patrick Brantlinger, Oxford, United Kingdom, Meekly Obstinate Pious, American writers, Countries, Fiji, Herman Melville, Languages of Fiji, Typee, Writers

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