1903 GILBERT ISLAND - GILBERTESE LANGUAGE GUIDE for MINISTERS - GILBERTESE TEXT- Printed in Kosrae, Micronesia
Te Nakoa Ni Minita Ke Reirei Aika Tenua Ni Buoka Te Minita N Ana Makuri. Gilbertese language guide for Gilbert Islands ministers. Compiled by I M. Channon (Irving Monroe Channon), a Minister in Micronesia and a founder of Silliman University Divinity School in the Philippines.
Published by Mission Press, Kusaiei (now Kosrae), Micronesia, 1903.
A rare, early study of Gilbertese, a language spoken almost exclusively on the Gilbert Islands. Written as a guide for missionaries preaching there.
Hardcovers, marbled paper covered boards with cloth covered spine and corners, 5x7.5 inches. Pagination: , 100 pages.
Condition: Ex the Pacific School of Religion library, with the school's bookplate on the front pastedown, a shelving label on the front cover, a few ink stamps, scrapes and remnants of card pockets on the rear endpapers, and a few other ex-library marks. Ex-lib aside the book is in GOOD condition, gently used, still complete, tight, bright, clean and clear. A solid, nice copy.
DEACCESSION / PROVENANCE NOTE: There is a stamp at the bottom of the library bookplate that reads: "PSR / Released 2013". It is interesting to note that in the year 2000 the Pacific School of Religion founded an institute devoted exclusively to the study of Pacific Asian religion (the PANA Institute). The university acquired a number of important and scarce books for the institute. However, PANA was placed on indefinite hiatus (i.e. shut down) in 2009 due to budgetary concerns, and many of its rare books were deaccessioned.
WorldCat identifies only 3 copies, including the ones at Yale and Oberlin.