[Indianapolis? Christian Woman’s Board of Missions, [n.d., ca. 1900-1910]. Third edition. At least six editions were published in total. All editions were undated, with a date range of 1900-1920 on OCLC listings. Note that all copies would have had to predate 1919, as that was the year the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions and several other organizations were consolidated into the United Christian Missionary Society. All editions are scarce, with only one copy of the present edition on OCLC (in Tennessee) and only two copies of the second edition (one also in Tennessee and one in Kentucky). OCLC lists no copies indicated to be the first edition. With black-and-white reproductions of photographs, drawings, and maps on every page, including dozens of portraits of missionaries. Also with images of people at work and in their homes in India, Jamaica, China, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, including Indian and Chinese converts to Christianity. A bit of light toning around staples at spine. Faint toning to edges of wrappers, but overall a very clean, bright, near-fine copy of a scarce item. Cream-colored textured paper wrappers, stapled, with red printed fleur-de-lys border and gilt lettering (cover title: “Work and Workers in the Mission Fields of the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions”). 10 in by 7 inches.  pp. Item #16792
The Christian Woman’s Board of Missions was founded in 1874 by the American Christian Missionary Society. It was the first missionary organization of its type to be managed entirely by women. Mattie E. Pounds (d. 1917) was a member of its executive committee, serving as the secretary and then superintendent of the Young People’s Department of the Christian Woman’s Board of Missions. She died in Shanghai after three years of mission work in China.