BERNAU, J. H. Missionary Labours in British Guiana: with Remarks on the Manners, Customs, and superstitious Rites of the Aborigines. London, John Farquhar Shaw, 1847.
8vo. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, spine ornamented in blind and gilt, red morocco lettering-piece, bound by Brown in Penrith; pp. [iii]-xi, 242, errata slip at the end, bound without half-title, with wood-engraved frontispiece, folding map, illustrations in the text and 14 wood-engraved plates; light rubbing to extremities only, a little brown-spotted, nevertheless an attractive copy of a scarce title; provenance: from the William F. Bonwitt Caribbean collection with his bookplate.
First edition. John Henry Bernau was a missionary of German descent at Bartica Grove from 1837 onwards. He is rather sympathetic with the aborigines, 'their ingenuity in preserveing game and fish,' outlook on life and metaphysics, and describes the Moravian missionary labours, concluding the rare tome with the Lord's Prayer in Arrawak.