Lapsley, James W.; Lapsley, Samuel Norvell. Life and Letters of Samuel Norvell Lapsley, Missionary to the Congo Valley, West Africa. 1866-1892. Richmond, Va.: James W. Lapsley, 1893. First Edition.
Gray cloth hardcover, front decorated in blind, black, and gilt. 6 x 9 inches, light scratches to back cover, ffep with recent signature and ink name stamp (Sprinkle). Dedication page with a portrait of the subject's mother. End paper hinges a bit weak, without separation. Several illustrations, mostly from photographs. Good. Hardcover. 
The work is made up mostly of the letters of the missionary, compiled and augmented by his father, James W. Lapsley.
Samuel Norvell Lapsley (1866-1892): b. in Selma, Alabama; d. Matadi, Lower Congo, from blackwater fever. Lapsley graduated McCormick Seminary in 1889, and was an ordained minister and missionary of the Presbyterian Church U.S. (Southern).
"He served in the Congo Free State from May 1890 to March 1892. Together with his African American co-worker William H. Sheppard, he founded the American Presbyterian Congo Mission. Together they explored the Kwango and Kasi river systems, selected the site of Luebo Station, pioneer station of the APCM on the Lulua River, set basic principles for the work, and established relationships with the state administration. Lapsley began the analysis and study of the Tshikete, Bushongo, and Tshiluba languages of the Kasai area of the Congo, recorded native songs and customs, initiated the translation of hymns and portions of the Bible, and launched the organization of a strong indigenous church." - Dictionary of African Christian Biography.