PERKINS, Justin. A Residence of Eight Years in Persia among the Nestorian Christians with Notices of the Muhammedans. Andover, Allen, Morrill & Wardwell, 1843.
8vo. Original brown ribbed cloth, spine ornamented and lettered in gilt, boards ornamented in blind; pp. xviii, , 512, lithographic frontispiece, 26 mostly hand-coloured lithographic plates after the author; extremities worn; occasional spotting internally.
First edition. Justin Perkins was an American Presbyterian missionary and linguist, who with his wife established a mission station in Urmia with printing press in 1835. He founded several schools, including some for Muslims. 'He was widely recognized at the time as a scholar of the Syriac language. The high esteem in which he was held by both the Muslim and Christian populations made it possible for him to acquire various older documents which have been very valuable to scholars over the years … Perkins was not only a trained missionary, but he was also an ethnically aware watercolourist whose drawings of men, women and children belonging to the various ethnic groups of northwest Iran survive in his books as well as in unpublished drawings. These provide a colorful presentation of ethnic costumes, colors and fabrics available to local populations during the mid-19th century. ' (learnassyrian.com). In this book Perkins describes thw sea journey via Malta to Istanbul to Armenia, and then into Persia ans Kudistan. This is followed by his detailed diary entries for the years 1836 to 1841 and the description of the return journey. Six of the Perkins' seven children died in Iran.