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New Testament in Malagasy

[Bible. New Testament. Malagasy] Ny Teny N'Andriamanitra, atao hoe, Tesitamenta ny Jesosy Kraisty tompo 'ntsikia, sady mpamonjy no mpanavotra. London British Sy Ny Foreign Bible Society [1835]
8vo (18 x 11.5 cm), pp.[iv], 377, [1]. Contemporary speckled calf, neatly re-backed, re-cornered and re-cased. A very good copy.
Darlow & Moule 6460

In March 1835 Christianity was proscribed in Madagascar by royal edict and the possession of Christian books made punishable by death. This New Testament, translated by David Jones and David Griffiths of the London Missionary Society was printed in an edition of five thousand copies. Most were shipped to Mauritius to be sent on to Madagascar as soon as the situation changed. A few copies were smuggled in to Madagascar by William Ellis, but the majority were not delivered until 1862.