The Carnatic coast in south east India and the Dänisch-Hallesche mission

[India]. Niekamp, Johann Lucas. Kurtzgefasste Missions-Geschichte oder Historischer Auszug der Evangelischen Missions-Berichte aus Ost-Indien von den Jahr 1705 bis zu Ende des Jahres 1736 [...] mit einer Vorrede Herrn Gotthilf August Franckens [...].

Halle, (in Verlegung des Wäysen-Hauses), 1740.

4to. (22), 506, (54) pp. With title-page in red and black with engraved vignette, 2 engraved folding maps (the second crudely highlighted in colour by a later hand), 4 woodcut headpieces and 3 woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, sewn on 6 cords, gold-tooled spine with a label in the 2nd of 7 compartments.


First and only edition in the original German of an account of the Dänisch-Hallesche mission on the Carnatic coast in southeast India, from the beginning in 1705 to 1736. The Dänisch-Hallesche mission was the first Protestant mission and many resulting reports were published in the magazine Hallesche Berichte. Niekamp digested its first 44 chapters and organized them in two main parts: the first dealing with geography, inhabitants, languages etc. and the second treating the mission itself in chronological order; this if followed by a comprehensive index. The work contains a preface by Gotthilf August Francke, the son of the August Hermann Francke, who was one of the driving forces in the creation of the mission.

A Latin translation of the second part on the mission was published in 1747 and a complete French translation in 1755. A continuation was published by Michael Meier in 1771, covering the period 1736-1767.

The turn-ins caused some offsetting through the endpapers to the margins of the first and last few leaves, otherwise a very good copy, with only some occasional spots. The binding is rubbed with chips and superificial wear to the spine, but otherwise in good condition.

German Africana 1928. Robert, Converting Colonialism (2008), pp. 26-28.

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