China’s Millions [The Organ of the Island China Mission] (Four Issues April, 1929 – July, 1929)


[The Inland China Mission]; Frederic F. Helmer (Ed.);

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[The Inland China Mission]; Frederic F. Helmer (Ed.); . China’s Millions [The Organ of the Island China Mission] (Four Issues April, 1929 – July, 1929). Philadelphia, PA & Toronto, ON, Canada: The Inland China Mission, 1929. North American Edition. Irregular pagination. April [52-63]; May [68-79]; June [84-95]; July [100-111]. 4to., measuring 28 cm tall. Illustrated stapled card covers. Replete with black and white maps, photographs, portraits, illustrations, and advertisements for religious literature. Serving as the propaganda arm of the Inland China Mission which was founded by British evangelist and Christian Protestant missionary James Hudson Taylor (1832-1905). Established with the express aim of proselytizing to the Chinese, its object and purposes are clearly stated on all issues: “The China Inland Mission was formed under a deep sense of China’s pressing need, and with an earnest desire, contained by the love of Christ and the hope of His coming, to obey His command to preach the gospel to every creature.” It also produced a sister publication, ‘Young China’, an illustrated monthly directed towards young Christians. Standing out from other missionary societies Taylor was known for an uncommonly humanitarian approach with a sensitivity for Chinese culture; insisting on adopting the local dress, and customs of those to whom they were proselytizing to including, controversially, the women missionaries. The issues report on all matters ecclesiastical, reports from the “front”, income and expenditure reports, results in the field (ie. the number of converts), inventory of equipment etc. Altogether, these issues provide a fascinating portrait of the state of affairs in China from a religious, political, and humanitarian perspective during the tumultuous early years of the Republic of China (1912-1949). All issues list the names of relevant clerical council members with nearly a dozen of Canadian extraction including clergy from Toronto, Vancouver, and London (ON). Lightest age-toning to the margins, otherwise very good+ to near fine. Our offering includes the following issues: Vol. XXXVII, No. 4 (April, 1929); Vol. XXXVII, No. 5 (May, 1929); Vol. XXXVIII, No. 6 (June, 1929); Vol. XXXVIII, No. 7 (July, 1929). Stapled Wraps. (#1196) $295.00