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Among the Malagasy: An Unconventional Record of Missionary Experience
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Author: J. A. Houlder.
Foreword by: George Cousins.
Photographer: John Parrett.
Illustrator: George Soper.
Language: English
No. of Pages: 320 + 32
Dimensions: 135mm x 198mm x 42mm

Item Identification Code (UID#): 910
Shelving Location: Religion & Missionary
Estimated Value: £80.00
Purchase Date: 23 October 2006
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Among the Malagasy

An Unconventional Record of Missionary Experience

James Clarke & Co. (1912).
Hardcover Book

Preface from Page v

Much has been written descriptive of Madagascar and the Malagasy, to say nothing of the numerous published accounts of the altered condition of affairs brought about by the French conquest. The accompanying pages are only partially concerned with the former, and not at all with the latter. They are mainly a record of missionary life and experience in the "Great African Island" when the land was ruled by Rainilaiarivony, its all-powerful Prime Minister, with occasional references to a few of the more public events which took place during that period. As such, the Author is not without hope that they will afford pleasure to the reader and quicken interest in the wonderful work of God still going on amongst the people. For most of the photographs he is indebted to Mr. John Parrett formerly of Madagascar, and for the original drawings to Mr. George Soper, a well-known black-and-white artist.

J. A. Houlder

Foreword from Page vi

Those who knew Madagascar five-and-twenty or thirty years ago will, I feel confident, greatly enjoy the book, while a larger circle of readers will find graphic, racy and interesting descriptions of what the island was under Hova domination. The details respecting Malagasy customs, superstitions, national characteristics and advance in civilization, the records of extensive travel, privations, family troubles and Christian work carried on under great difficulties, the Author's experiences with "all sorts and conditions of men" will excite interest, provoke a smile, and at the same time awaken much sympathy; for the missionary career here depicted had a truly pathetic side. It was marked by disappointments, frequent changes, serious breakdowns in health, disruption of work and domestic affliction. My heartiest good wishes and commendation go with the volume.

George Cousins,
Late Joint Foreign Secretary of the L.M.S., and formerly a missionary of the Society in Madagascar.
Worthing, Sussex
August 14th, 1911


  • Preface
  • Foreword
  • Contents
  • List of Illustrations
  • Chapter I: To Anatananarivo
  • Chapter II: Settling Down
  • Chapter III: Troublous Times
  • Chapter IV: Journey to the North-East Coast – to Maroantsetra
  • Chapter V: Journey to the North-East Coast – to Anonibe and Back
  • Chapter VI: A Country District
  • Chapter VII: To the Capital and Home
  • Chapter VIII: Getting into Madagascar in a Time of War
  • Chapter IX: In Madagascar in a Time of War – Missionary Journeys
  • Chapter X: Tamatave – Work under New Conditions
  • Chapter XI: Towards War Again
  • Chapter XII: Tamatave – The Last Stage
  • A Catalogue of Theological and General Books Published by James Clarke & Co., 13 & 14, Fleet Street, London, E.C.
    • Catalogue of Books
    • Index of Titles
    • Index of Authors


  • Printed by Bradbury, Agnew, & Co., London and Tonbridge.

Condition of Item

Very Good. Previous owner's name inscribed in ink on front endpaper ("R. Rapkin, 1935"). Light foxing, mainly on endpapers. Top edge gilt.

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