GOODELL, William, and E.D.G. PRIME [editor]. Forty Years in the Turkish Empire; Or, Memoirs of Rev. William Goodell, D.D., Late Missionary of the A.B.C.F.M. at Constantinople. By his Son-In-Law E. D. G. Prime. New York, Robert Carter and Brothers, 1876.
8vo. Original brown cloth, lettered in gilt, ornamented in black, pp. xii, 489, viii, 3 [advertisements dated June, 1875]; minimal marking to cloth, very light even toning, a very good and clean copy with printed distributor's slip tipped in at the beginning.
First edition, second printing, a very uncommon title. The American missionary was ordained in 1822 and 'and sailed under appointment by the ABCFM to Syria and the Holy Land. Prevented from proceeding to Jerusalem after language study at Malta, he and Isaac Bird, with their families, inaugurated the mission at Beirut. Goodell began a special study of Armenian and when driven back to Malta in 1828 by wars and plunder, superintended the mission press and in 1831 published his first version of the Armeno-Turkish New Testament. He then moved to Constantinople to inaugurate a mission to the Armenians. Until his retirement in 1865 he played a major role in the Turkey Mission, exercising his unusual gifts of scholarship and strong religious sense. His translation of the Old Testament first appeared in 1842, and his final revision of the Bible was published in 1863. During his only furlough in America he published The Old and the New; Or, The Changes of Thirty Years in the East, with some Allusions to Oriental Customs as Elucidating Scripture (1853); in 1870 a volume of his sermons in Armenian appeared. He returned home in 1865 and died in Philadelphia' (Missiology, online).