This fascinatingly aged book looks to the activities of missionaries in deepest South America, where the Christian faith was taken to the least accessible areas - and people - of the continent. Traversing the harshest terrain, the missionaries undertook not only to teach their faith, but also to "bring civilisation" to the peoples they met, who they also documented and researched. It is far from impersonal however, as the book also features the interactions, conversations and stories from this most special and interesting of real-life adventures.
Though it would be tempting to think of this book as a work of religious or spiritual significance, it more takes the form (due to its age, and attitudes typical of that age) of an insightful piece of history, awash with the prejudices and presumptions of the age of imperialism. When regarded as such, there are few better insights into the ages of the past than sources such as these. In consequence, this book would make a tremendous gift for a student - whether amateur or professional - of early modern, cultural or south american history, though truthfully any reader with an interest in the historical past with struggle to put this down!
Considering its age, this book is unsurprisingly worn, with clear marks and some especially noticeable wear to the top half of the cover. It does also unfortunately feature a slightly damaged and highly marked page in the interior, though without obscuring any writing. But this book remains without a doubt a fantastic purchase - make the decision to be the fortunate owner of this book, while you still can!