Lahainaluna: Press of the High School, 1836. iv,132pp. printed in double columns. Modern three-quarter red morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt. Closed tear in upper inner corner of titlepage (not affecting text, and no paper loss), shallow chip in foredge of titlepage and following nine leaves. Moderate foxing, faint stain in upper inner margin. Very good. Item #WRCAM55653
A pioneering Hawaiian dictionary, this is the first Hawaiian to English dictionary. Andrews's work contains some 5700 Hawaiian words with brief definitions and occasional usage examples. The final page lists an additional forty non-Hawaiian words that have been incorporated into common usage on the islands, including the words for dollar, soap, book, gold, and tobacco. The first forty pages were printed in Honolulu in the first half of 1835, and then the printing was moved to Lahainaluna, where the work was completed at the high school in an edition of one thousand copies. "The first book-length work issued in Hawaii that contains Hawaiian words and definitions...one of the most important works issued by the Lahainaluna Press" - Forbes. FORBES 983. STREETER SALE 3758. SABIN 100646. JUDD 142.