HISTORY OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS: EMBRACING THEIR ANTIQUITIES, MYTHOLOGY, LEGENDS, DISCOVERY BY EUROPEANS IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY, RE-DISCOVERY BY COOK, WITH THEIR CIVIL, RELIGIOUS AND POLITICAL HISTORY, FROM THE EARLIEST TRADITIONARY PERIOD TO THE YEAR 1846.

Honolulu: Henry M. Whitney, 1872. 242pp. printed in two columns and including in-text illustrations, plus 18pp. of printed advertisements. Photographic frontispiece plus extra photographic portrait. Original half calf and pebbled cloth, spine gilt. Light shelf wear, spine fraying at extremities. Scattered light foxing, text block somewhat creased near gutter, not harming legibility. Contemporary presentation inscription on front free endpaper, later ownership inscription on front pastedown. Very good overall. Item #WRCAM57601

"The fourth, revised, edition of Jarves' HISTORY, first published in 1843 in Boston...and London....This is the second edition to be printed and published in Honolulu and is interesting for its early use of an albumen photograph of Kamehameha V added as a frontispiece. All copies have the frontispiece leaf with a rule border and title printed below...but not all copies have the actual photograph added" – Forbes.

This copy is particularly interesting for the addition of another albumen photograph, this one of William Lunalilo, who became Hawaii's first elected monarch when he took the throne after Kamehameha V's death in January of 1873. The contemporary owner has added birth and death dates in manuscript in the margins of Kamehameha's portrait and captioned that of Lunalilo similarly. The front free endpaper contains a presentation inscription in the same hand which reads, "Capt. Peleg P. Shepherd, Compl[iments] of R. Newcomb. Honolulu Jan 1st 1875." Robert Newcomb and his partner Thomas Cross were bookbinders and printers on Oahu, who are also credited with printing the first lithographed sheet music of the 1867 version of the Hawaiian national anthem, composed by Lili'uokalani.

In addition to the new frontispiece, this revised edition of Jarves' seminal work adds an appendix, written by the publisher Henry M. Whitney, which presents details and statistics of the Hawaiian Islands at the time of publication, along with a "Historical Sketch of Hawaiian Volcanoes" and several pages of tables presenting the results of the 1866 census. Though completely reorganized to be printed in two columns, many of the illustrations from the first edition have been maintained in the new layout. In the rear of the volume are eighteen pages of printed advertisements for Hawaiian businesses, including one for the book and stationery shop of Thomas Thrum, who eventually bought the remainder of this edition and reissued it in the 1880s without the frontispiece photograph or printed ads.

An interesting presentation copy of this important Hawaiian history, enhanced by the addition of a rare original albumen portrait of Hawaii's first elected ruler.
FORBES 2957.

Price: $1,850.00