Expanded Edition of the" History of the Society for Promoting Female Education in the East"
WOMEN. Female Agency Among the Heathen. As Recorded in the History and Correspondence of the Society for Promoting Female Education in the East. London: Edward Sutter , 1850.
Second expanded edition, and first edition with this title. Octavo (6 5/16 x 4 1/16 inches; 161 x 104 mm). viii, 292, [4, publisher's ads] pp. Originally published as History of the Society for Promoting Female Education in the East, established in the year 1834. London : Edward Suter, 1847. With double-page color lithograph frontispiece captioned 'Miss Aldersey's School at Ningpo.' Aside from the changed title, this edition also has an additional addendum, (page 293-294), misbound before the index. This statement outlines the developments in the society since in the intervening years. Appendix A is the text of the original pamphlet by David Abeel for the appeal to women missionaries. We could find no copies of either edition at auction.

Publisher's original brown cloth, stamped in blind on covers and spine. Spine lettered in gilt. Yellow endpapers. Previous owner's contemporary inscription on blank recto of frontispiece. Some dampstaining to corners of frontispiece. Some general toning and foxing throughout. Overall a very good copy.

"Established in 1834 as the Society for Promoting Female education in China, India and the East, it sent out single ladies and provided financial support for educational work carried on by missionary wives of other sending agencies. It had its origins in an appeal for women missionaries to work amongst Chinese women made by an American missionary, Mr. David Abeel, during a visit to England in 1834 in a pamphlet entitled "Appeal to Christian Ladies in behalf if Female Education in China [and the Adjacent Countries]." [Found in the current copy in Appendix A].Its title was abridged to the Society for Promoting Female Education in the East (FES) in 1838, and it is also sometimes referred to as the Female Education Society. The aim of the mission was 'to impress on all the saving truths of the Gospel, and a Knowledge of the sacred Scriptures, at the same time making every effort to educate and to civilise.' It was established as an interdenominational missionary society and supplied missionaries and school teachers, who were given passage and outfit money but who were expected to be supported locally; they, in turn, trained native women. The FES also gave schools grants of money, supplies of school materials, and boxes of work materials for sale." "Reference Guide to Christian Missionary Societies in China, R.G. Tiedermann).

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