Jump to
Home About the Collection Contact Donations Search
Front Cover
The Great Island: Madagascar: Past and Present
See all 6 images below
Search Madagascar Library

Advanced Search
Author: Harold Arthur Ridgwell.
Language: English
No. of Pages: 111 + 7 b&w plates
Dimensions: 123mm x 183mm x 15mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 106
Shelving Location: Religion & Missionary
Estimated Value: £10.00
Log In to Edit this page

The Great Island

Madagascar: Past and Present

First Edition
The Livingstone Press (LMS) (1937).
Softcover Book

The opening chapters of this book gives a general overview and brief history of Madagascar. For the most part it focuses on the Church in Madagascar, and in particular the activities of LMS missionaries.

Text from the Front Flap

The Great Island by H. A. Ridgwell: A vividly written story of the L.M.S. in Madagascar by a prominent missionary. Madagascar, land of persecution, provides perhaps the greatest triumphs for the Christian Church in the history of modern missions.

List of Illustrations from Page 6

  • A Typical Old Malagasy Wearing the Lamba (Frontispiece)
  • Tananarive: A City Set on a Hill
  • A Forest Village: One-Roomed Huts of Split Bamboo
  • Ranavalona I: The Persecuting Queen
  • Centenary Picture Produced for the 1920 Celebrations of the Beginning of Missions in Madagascar
  • A Forest Chief – in Coat of Native Woven Bark Cloth
  • A Mission Teacher and his Family
  • Map of Madagascar (Endpaper)


  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Chapter I: The People and their Story
  • Chapter II: Surprises and Contrasts
  • Chapter III: The City of a Thousand
  • Chapter IV: The Epic Story of the Church Retold
    • (a) Sunrise
    • (b) Storm Clouds
    • (c) A New Day Breaks
    • (d) Noontide
  • Chapter V: A Glimpse at the Protestant Church To-day
  • Chapter VI: The Five Fields of the L.M.S.
    • I. Imerina
    • II. Betsileo
    • III. Antsihanaka
    • IV. Marofotsy
    • V. Mandritsara
  • A Few Statistics
    • General
    • Missionary
  • Map of Madagascar


  • Original price: 1/- (1 Shilling)
  • Printed by Ebenezer Baylis and Son, Ltd, The Trinity Press, Great Britain.

Condition of Item

Very Good. Spine slightly faded.

Refer to the glossary for definitions of terms used to describe the condition of items.


Browse 100s More Titles in our Madagascar Book Store

Photographs of the Item (Total: 6)

 Click image to see larger:
Front Cover: The Great Island: Madagascar: Past ... Front Flap: The Great Island: Madagascar: Past ... Titlepage: The Great Island: Madagascar: Past ... Frontispiece: The Great Island: Madagascar: Past ... Back Cover: The Great Island: Madagascar: Past ...
Front Cover Front Flap Titlepage Frontispiece Back Cover
Map: The Great Island: Madagascar: Past ...        
© 2006–2023 Daniel Austin
Home | About the Collection | Contact | Donations | Search