The Story of the Miao

POLLARD, Sam. The Story of the Miao.

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POLLARD, Sam. The Story of the Miao. London, Henry Hooks, [1919].

Small 8vo. Original cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover lettered and decorated in blind; pp. 191; plates after photographs; text evenly browned due to paper stock; otherwise a very good copy of a great rarity; Chinese stamp in red to front fly-leaf.
'In 1907 a people’s movement to Christ among the Flowery Miao, a minority nationality reached the Chaotung area from its starting point in Anshun, Kweichow (Guizhou) Province, and Pollard became its most famed missionary leader. Until his death from typhoid, he established a center for the thousands of new believers in Shimenkan across the Kweichow provincial border, itinerated widely, planted churches, trained leaders, obtained justice for Miao Christians from officials and landlords, developed a unique script, known as the Pollard script, and used it when he translated the New Testament into the Miao language. He is remembered by Miao Christians as their spiritual ancestor' (Biographical Dictionary of Christian Missions). The Pollard script, loosely based on the Western letter alphabet is still in use.