London: The Church Army Back Room, 1905. 8vo, blue cloth, 510 pp. Very Good. Item #CAT0160
Clifford was an artist and missionary who traveled to Hawaii in the 1860s to visit the leprosy settlement at Kalaupapa. He met Father Damien while he was there. There was much fear in England that leprosy would spread there. Father Damien, born Jozef De Veuster, was a Catholic priest from Belgium. He spent his career spreading Catholicism to the Leprosy patients who were quarantined on the island of Moloka‘i. He eventually contracted the disease himself, and died. An uncommon firsthand account of Father Damien and his work. A somewhat fragile copy, with spine shaken, but still very good. Signed “From the Author / Sept. 1904” on head of title page.