BEHESNILIAN, Krikor. In Bonds: An Armenian's Experiences … Third Editon.

London, Morgan and Scott, [c. 1900].

£598

Small 8vo. Original illustrated cloth, patterned endpapers; pp. 63, sketch map and four plates after photographs; a near-fine copy.

Although third edition, very rare. Presentation copy inscribed by the author on front fly-leaf, of this first-hand account of the Hamidian massacres of 1894 to 1896, as experienced by the Armenian Protestant missionary and his wife Semagule in the region of Tarsus/Mersin in Southern Anatolia. 'Krikor Behesnilian was born in Tarsus (Turkey) and started preaching as a layman in his native city and the surrounding areas in 1885, in addition to assisting pastors with Sunday and mid-week services. He was able to work and raised enough money to travel to England and study for the ministry. He arrived in London in 1888. He studied for three years at New College, South Hampstead, and gave public lectures on life in his native city. In 1892, and based on his personal efforts, the Tarsus Bible-teaching Mission was established in England and Krikor was asked to be its field missionary in the Ottoman Empire. He was ordained in October 1892 and returned to Tarsus in December, starting to preach in the surrounding areas as far as Marash. He married Semagule Salibian in 1893 and continued his work in Cilicia, administering Baptism and Communion in small churches that could not afford a full-time pastor' (The Quarterly Journal of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, June 2010 p. 7).

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