New Haven: Printed for J. Hunnewell, 1868. 48,pp. Frontis. Original salmon-colored printed wrappers. Bright and clean internally. Fine. Item #WRCAM40303
The first American edition, the pamphlet originally having been published in Honolulu in 1866. Appendix A reprints a letter from Hawaiian missionary James Kekela to President Lincoln. "According to the Hunnewell bibliography the edition was 2,500 copies. This pamphlet was probably issued near the end of the year, and for that reason a good portion of the edition appears to have had the cover date advanced to 1869" - Forbes. This copy is from the library of James F. Hunnewell (1832-1910). Hunnewell was a Boston book collector and bibliographer. He published BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS in 1869. Some of the content belonged to his father, James Hunnewell, who became familiar with the islands when the ship he was on was sold to Hawaiian chiefs. The senior Hunnewell was responsible for collecting the payment in sandalwood and then selling it in China. As a result, he spent several months in the islands and became friendly with the local populace. In 1820 he arrived in Honolulu as second mate on the brig Thaddeus, the ship bearing the first American missionaries as well as the first printing press there. He later developed a significant business in Hawaii which grew into the commercial house later known as C. Brewer & Company. Though he returned to Charlestown, Massachusetts, he spent the rest of his life actively engaged in exporting goods to Hawaii and California. Part of his considerable fortune was given to found Oahu College. FORBES 2777. DAB IX, p.381.