This book is in very good condition for its age. The dust jacket is intact apart from a 4mm tear at the base of the spine on the front and a little wear at the corners, but is somewhat marked (as can be seen in the pictures) including a little foxing. On the inside of the front cover there is a presentation label stating that the book was presented by the Platt Mission Sunday School to Barbara Cowland for the year 1969. Internally the book is clean, tight and unmarked.
This book is the authorised story of the Mission which pioneered education, medical work and evangelism among India's women. It begins in the 1820s and continues to the present. It is a story of courage and self-sacrifice, and is full of colour and incident - the Maharani's locket, for instance, handed to Queen Victoria personally by a missionary on furlough, leading to an increase of women's hospitals all over India. Intrepid personalities cross the pages, such as Miss Harvey of Nasik, or "Granny" Pollen, widow of an I.C.S. Officer, who returned well on in life to open evangelistic work in the place where he had been magistrate. The Mission has always been interdenominational. In the 1880s some members parted company to form the Church of England Zenana Mission, and the affair provides an interesting study of Church relations on the Mission field. The Mission is also international, drawing members from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, as well as Great Britain.