A Residence of Eight Years in Persia Among the Nestorian Christians with Notices of the Muhammedans

By: Perkins, Justin (1805-1869)

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Justin Perkins was an American Presbyterian missionary and linguist. He was the first citizen of the United States to reside in Iran, and he became known for his work among the people there as an apostle to Persia.


An eminent Syriac scholar the author spent the years from 1899 to 1841 in northwestern Persia. The author describes his voyage to Malta Constantinople to Trebizond Erzroom to Erivan Tabreez Oroomiah etc. with much of the book based on his journals on the spot over many years.


Having learned the local vernacular from the Nestorian clergy, Perkins developed an alphabet for the writing of Neo-Aramaic. which he called modern Syriac. He established a press at his mission. The availability of religious literature in the local vernacular promoted literacy and the writing of non-religious literature among those who did not belong to the Nestorian clergy. Nowadays Nestorians refer to themselves as Assyrian Christians.


In 1839 Perkins sent fourteen letters with sketches of the people of Urmia (spelled Oroomiah by Perkins) to the Inquiring Society at Union Theological Seminary. In the early 1840s, Perkins drew on these sketches for the illustrations of this memoir.


Rebound in quarter cloth with patterned paper-covered boards, original cloth spine strip retained, patterned endpapers. First Edition.


Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear; minor wave to leaves, hints of foxing; long tear on map repaired; very good overall.


8vo; 9.5 inches tall; xviii, [2], 512 pp. With frontispiece lithograph portrait of Muhammed Shah, King of Persia and 26 lithograph plates, 23 hand-colored, folding map (36.5 by 49.8 cm; 14.5 by 19.5 inches). Glossary. First Edition, First Printing.


The map shows much of Turkey with Kurdistan Azerbaijan Armenia Persia.


Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning. Moderate shelf handling wear; minor wave to leaves, hints of foxing; long tear on map repaired; very good overall.


Most of the colored plates show persons in different costumes others are of views. These provide a colorful presentation of ethnic costumes, colors and fabrics available to local populations during the mid-19th century.


Subjects: Iranians; Nestorians; Missionaries; Iran, Description and travel' Turkey, Description and travel; Assyrian Church of the East members; Assyrians.


Reference: Smith (American Travellers) P57; SPL Rare Book Collection; Columbia University Libraries; learnassyriancom

Title: A Residence of Eight Years in Persia Among the Nestorian Christians with Notices of the Muhammedans

Author Name: Perkins, Justin (1805-1869)

Categories: 19th CENTURY: Literature and Works, HISTORY, Ancient History / Archeology,

Edition: 1st Edition

Publisher: Andover, Allen, Morrill & Wardwell: 1843

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Book

Size: 8vo; 9.5 inches tall;

lb: 3.00 lb

Seller ID: 011309

Keywords: Iranians; Nestorians; Missionaries; Iran, Description and travel' Turkey, Description and travel; Assyrian Church of the East members; Assyrians.,