The Nestorians; Or, The Lost Tribes: Containing evidence of their identity, an account of their manners, customs, and ceremonies, together with sketches of travel in ancient Assyria, Armenia, Media, and Mesopotamia, and illustrations of scripture prophecy.

Grant, Asahel.

Book ID: 17047


Small 8vo. x, 385 pp., [10 pp catalogue of Harper Brothers], frontispiece folding map, contemporary cloth, title gilt on spine, slight dampness on margin, not affecting text, scattered foxing, Harper & Brothers, New York, first edition, 1841.


Asahel Grant (1807-1844) undertook a mission to Tabriz on the border between Turkey and Persia in 1835. He believed the Nestorians to be one of the lost tribes of Israel and set out on a journey to meet them at Urmiah in 1839. Realizing that their independence was under threat he attempted to persuade the Nestorians to negotiate with the Turks, but this they refused to do and in 1843 ten thousand of them were massacred. Grant managed to escape to Mosul and devoted his energies to the refugees. He died of a fever in Mosul in 1844. [Blackmer 721; Bevis 84].

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