First edition, first printing. Signed, inscribed and with an original ink drawing by the author. Publisher's original red cloth with titles in gilt to the upper board and spine. Illustrated with 45 black and white photographs. Red morocco bookplate for Ralph C. Runyon to the front pastedown. Original ink drawing by the author captioned "An Xmas Dinner in Labrador", depicting a polar bear extending a paw towards a man who has fallen through the ice. A better than very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little fading to the spine and a touch of wear to the spine tips. The contents with a near-contemporary previous owner's inscription to the front pastedown and a little toning to page edges are otherwise in very good order and clean throughout.
A wide-ranging travel journal surveying the landscapes, peoples, cultures and customs of Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, India (including a chapter titled "Practical Politics and Mr. Gandhi's Swaraj"), Malaysia, China, Korea, and Japan. Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell (1865-1940) was a medical missionary who spent his life improving conditions in Labrador, Canada, establishing the first hospitals there, along with nursing stations, orphanages, schools and welfare centres. A notable figure in the region's history, "what his lifework meant to the people of Labrador…would be difficult to exaggerate" (DNB). As the present work shows, Grenfell was also something of an adventurer, travelling extensively, and charting areas of Northern Canada for which he won the Royal Geographical Society's Murchison Prize. An appealing copy.
Stock code: 21332