18pp. Original stapled paper wrappers with decorations of dragons and clouds in green to the upper cover and a map to the rear. Illustrated with several black and white photographs and one further map. A very good copy, the binding tight with just a little toning and creasing to the covers. The contents with some creasing to the fore-edge are otherwise in good order and clean throughout.
An uncommon issue of the magazine of the Fenchow missionary station run by Oberlin College (of Oberlin, Ohio) in Sahnxi Province, China. From 1881 the U.S. College was prominent in sending Christian missionaries to China. Following the killing of fifteen of its missionaries and their family members in 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion, the Oberlin Shansi Memorial Association was also established, seeking to promote Asian-American understanding. The magazine covers life at the station as well as providing broader discussion pieces such as "A Visit to a Buddhist Sanctuary" and "Is Interference in Chinese Affairs Necessary?". Notably, the author of the latter article, Arthur Hummel, went on to head the China section at the Library of Congress, and his son later became a US Ambassador to China. A scarce magazine, with any material relating to the Fenchow Station being seldom encountered.
Stock code: 18400