Reminiscences of a Sister: S. Florence Edwards, of Taiyuanfu. E. G. KEMP, EMILY GEORGIANA.
Reminiscences of a Sister: S. Florence Edwards, of Taiyuanfu.

Reminiscences of a Sister: S. Florence Edwards, of Taiyuanfu.

London. The Carey Press, [ 1919]. 1st Edition. Stock ID #166073

Sepia toned portrait frontispiece and 5 photographic illustrations in the text. 128pp. Original red cloth covered boards with gilt dragon device stamped on the front cover. Spine faintly sunned with the subject name written neatly in ink, small bump to lower edge and some light foxing to the preliminaries and edges and occasionally in the text. Light mark on lower cover. 21 x 16cm. On the rear free endpaper there are small neat pencil commentaries which have been correspondingly numbered throughout the text. A handsome copy.

A biography of Florence Edwards (nee Kemp) who was the author's sister and lived a remarkable life as a missionary in China. Florence was part of a prosperous, talented and religiously devout Baptist family, and this book not only gives important insights into life in a British missionary community in the late 19th to early 20th centuries, but also provides the best account of the fascinating and sometimes tragic story of her family.

Florence herself became profoundly deaf at the age of sixteen - apparently a genetic problem, since her mother was also deaf. This did not deter her from joining the Baptist foreign mission and going to live in Taiyuan, Shanxi, where she met and married fellow missionary E. H. Edwards, and where she lived for almost three decades and had five chidlren (two of whom died in infancy).

Emily Kemp, Florence's sister and the author of this book, became a noted artist, traveller and geographer, and wrote a number of books about her travels through China and Central Asia. In her first book, 'The Face of China', Emily describes the extended visit that she made to the Taiyuan mission in the 1890s. Another sister, Jessie, also became a missionary in Taiyuan, where she married a medical missionary and had one son. She and Florence worked closely together, but in 1900, during a period when Florence and her family had returned to Europe, Jessie and her husband and son, along with a number of the schoolchildren whom Florence had taught in China, were killed in the 'Taituan Massacre' during the Boxer uprising. Perhaps because this tragedy remained so traumatic in the family's memories, in this biography, Emily Kemp refers to Jessie's death so briefly and inconspicuously that the owner of this volume has found it necessary to note in margin of Kemp's description of the killings 'including her sister Jessie P.' Despite the deaths of her sister, brother-in-law and nephew, Florence returned to Taiyuan and continued to work there until 1906, and both she and Emily continued to express their enduring love of China. Inscribed by the author to Isabella & Emily Watson and dated 'Xmas 1919'.

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