Journal of a Residence in the Sandwich Islands, during the years 1823, 1824, and 1825: including Remarks on the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; an Account of Lord Byron's Visit in H.M.S. Blonde; and a Description of the Ceremonies Observed at the Internment of the Late King and Queen in the Island of Oahu. C. S. STEWART.
Journal of a Residence in the Sandwich Islands, during the years 1823, 1824, and 1825: including Remarks on the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; an Account of Lord Byron's Visit in H.M.S. Blonde; and a Description of the Ceremonies Observed at the Internment of the Late King and Queen in the Island of Oahu.

Journal of a Residence in the Sandwich Islands…
Journal of a Residence in the Sandwich Islands, during the years 1823, 1824, and 1825: including Remarks on the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants; an Account of Lord Byron's Visit in H.M.S. Blonde; and a Description of the Ceremonies Observed at the Internment of the Late King and Queen in the Island of Oahu.

New York: H. Fisher, Son and Jackson, 1828.

Small octavo, folding map and three engraved plates; a very good copy in contemporary cloth, with label to spine.

One of the primary narratives of Hawaii in the 1820s

First London edition appearing simultaneously with a New York version: the missionary Stewart's journal is 'one of the primary narratives of Hawaii in the 1920s… Stewart describes the daily life of the common people, their agricultural pursuits, preparation of food, surfing, native games (including boxing), and kapa and mat manufacture. Court life is described with interesting comments on the chiefs… The Stewarts were stationed at Lahaina on Maui, and the text contains an extensive description of the area, with an account of the conversion, illness, death, and funeral of Keopuolani, widow of Kamehameha I. Stewart was in Honolulu when HMS Blonde arrived returning the bodies of Kamehameha II and Kamamalu to Hawaii, and he describes their funeral. Then taking passage on that ship, he visited and described Hilo and the volcano of Kilauea…' (Forbes).

First London edition appearing simultaneously with a New York version: the missionary Stewart's journal is 'one of the primary narratives of Hawaii in the 1920s… Stewart describes the daily life of the common people, their agricultural pursuits, preparation of food, surfing, native games (including boxing), and kapa and mat manufacture. Court life is described with interesting comments on the chiefs… The Stewarts were stationed at Lahaina on Maui, and the text contains an extensive description of the area, with an account of the conversion, illness, death, and funeral of Keopuolani, widow of Kamehameha I. Stewart was in Honolulu when HMS Blonde arrived returning the bodies of Kamehameha II and Kamamalu to Hawaii, and he describes their funeral. Then taking passage on that ship, he visited and described Hilo and the volcano of Kilauea…' (Forbes).
Stewart transferred from studying law to theology and in 1822 was sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to Hawaii, where he was one of the first permanent preachers on the island. However, due to the ill health of his wife they were forced to leave after only three years.

Hill, 1642-3 (other editions).

Price (AUD): $1,200.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504879