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Mills, W. C.
The gospel compass : for sailors of all nations / designed by W.C.M.
London : Unwin Brothers, [1881?]
Physical Description:
1 print : chromolithograph ; 43 x 33 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2015 3x
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Probably designed by W.C. Mills.
Probably designed on behalf of The Special Mission to Deep-Sea Fishermen, founded in 1881 by E.J. (Ebenezer Joseph) Mather. The organization later became The Fishermen's Mission. See: Rule, John. "The Smacksmen of the North Sea: Labour Recruitment and Exploitation in British Deep-Sea Fishing, 1850-90." In International Review of Social History, Volume 21, Issue 3 (December 1976), pp. 383-411.
Description based on the copy at the Yale Center for British Art, in which the imprint has been trimmed from the bottom margin. The English Catalogue of Books, 1881, lists this title ("4to, 8d and 4d") published by Partridge, in June.
Text at the foot of the broadside includes "Short key to circles and devices," "Short key to the points and spaces," and "Short key to the flags."
Evangelical broadside employing maritime imagery, a compass rose, and signal flags to convey Bible messages. The central image is of a large compass, with Bible texts placed on the points. The whole is framed by various texts expressed in signal code, interspersed with nautical vignettes with Biblical captioning.
Subject Terms:
Conduct of life.
Sailors -- Religious life.
Signals and signaling -- Great Britain.
Chromolithographs -- 1881.
Compass roses.
Mather, E. J.
Unwin Brothers (Firm), publisher.
Special Mission to Deep-Sea Fishermen.

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