Letters and Sketches From The New Hebrides - M. Whitecross Paton 1896 - Hodder and Stoughton, London - Fourth Edition, completing eighth thousand Young Scotswoman Maggie Paton’s high spirited and occasionally despairing reminiscences of Pacific Island-life on the archipelago of Vanuatu (consisting of 82 islands spread over 12,274 square kilometres, only 14 of which are larger than 100 square kilometres, they were formerly known as The New Hebrides until independence in 1980).

Published by public demand following their first appearance in her husband’s 1889 autobiography. Edited and with a preface by the author’s brother-in-law, Reverend James Paton. Illustrated with photogravure frontispiece, 23 half tones, and a full page colour map of the New Hebrides.

‘Maggie would be the first to admit she was not a dyed-in-the-wool missionary. She was prone to what she called ‘risibles’, or disastrously dissolving into giggles at moments of high ceremony, and dreaded the thought of her children ever being ‘called’ to suffer the same hardships as she and John had suffered... less saccharine than many a missionary’s tale and one of the most often reprinted of them all’
– Wayward Women.
  Maggie Whitecross Paton (d. 1905) was the second wife of pioneer missionary, John G. Paton, who devoted his life (and his first wife’s) to the Presbyterian Church in the New Hebrides and later in Australia. John and Maggie arrived in Aniwa, neighbouring Tanna in the archipelago between the Solomons and New Caledonia in 1865, and stayed – weathering inhospitable natives, repeated illness, the birth of six children, and death of two more – until 1881. For their own safety, she would eventually send her children to live with relatives in Australia.’ – Wayward Women.

References: Robinson,
Wayward Women 168.
8vo. pp. [2] xi [3] 382 [2-advertisements]. Publisher’s green cloth, gilt block of palm trees and foliage to upper cover, gilt titles to spine, green endpapers.
  Condition: Very good, minor rubbing to extremities, small stain to lower edge of front board, bookseller ink stamp to lower corner of rear endpaper, rear inner hinge starting.   Ref: 107896   Price: HK$ 1,400