Item #4504807 Ka Mooolelo Hawaii. Histoire de l'Archipel Havaiien (iles Sandwich). Texte et traduction précédés d'une introduction sur l'état physique, moral et politique du pays. Par Jules Remy (Lipalani). HAWAII, Jules REMY.
Ka Mooolelo Hawaii. Histoire de l'Archipel Havaiien (iles Sandwich). Texte et traduction précédés d'une introduction sur l'état physique, moral et politique du pays. Par Jules Remy (Lipalani).
Ka Mooolelo Hawaii. Histoire de l'Archipel Havaiien (iles Sandwich). Texte et traduction précédés d'une introduction sur l'état physique, moral et politique du pays. Par Jules Remy (Lipalani).

Ka Mooolelo Hawaii. Histoire de l'Archipel Havaiien (iles Sandwich)…
Ka Mooolelo Hawaii. Histoire de l'Archipel Havaiien (iles Sandwich). Texte et traduction précédés d'une introduction sur l'état physique, moral et politique du pays. Par Jules Remy (Lipalani).

Paris: Librairie A. Franck; Leipzig, Frank'sche Verlags-Buchhandlung, 1862.

Octavo, with presentation inscription; original quarter red roan and marbled boards, spine lettered and banded in gilt.

Presentation copy of an important Hawaiian history

A rare and important Hawaiian history, its French text based on an early oral history in the Hawaiian language. This is a presentation copy, inscribed by Rémy – a French scientist who had spent the years 1852–1855 in the Hawaiian Islands – to "Monsieur l'abbé Fabre, Hommage de l'auteur, Jules Rémy". It is rare; just one copy has appeared at auction since 1979 (PBA Galleries, 2011, estimated at US$8,000-$12,000). As Forbes points out, 'The press run of Rémy's book must have been small, for copies only very rarely appear on the antiquarian book market… The French translation of Ka Mooolelo Hawaii (The history of Hawaii) first printed at Lahainaluna in 1838… Rémy prefaces the history with a very long introduction on the "physical, moral and political state of the country".'

A rare and important Hawaiian history, its French text based on an early oral history in the Hawaiian language. This is a presentation copy, inscribed by Rémy – a French scientist who had spent the years 1852–1855 in the Hawaiian Islands – to "Monsieur l'abbé Fabre, Hommage de l'auteur, Jules Rémy". It is rare; just one copy has appeared at auction since 1979 (PBA Galleries, 2011, estimated at US$8,000-$12,000). As Forbes points out, 'The press run of Rémy's book must have been small, for copies only very rarely appear on the antiquarian book market… The French translation of Ka Mooolelo Hawaii (The history of Hawaii) first printed at Lahainaluna in 1838… Rémy prefaces the history with a very long introduction on the "physical, moral and political state of the country".'

Rémy (1826-1893) was a brilliant French natural scientist and scholar who travelled to South America and the Polynesian Pacific between 1851-1855, studying the natural history and native cultures he encountered. He spent considerable time in Hawaii, botanizing, exploring, and collecting natural history specimens for museums and scientific societies in France, and was entranced by the complexity of traditional life. His warm and engaging style won the trust of King Kamehameha III who unsuccessfully tried to keep him in Hawaii permanently.

'The text consists of Ka Mooolelo, printed its entirety both in Hawaiian and in French on facing pages. The genealogy of Kamehameha I… is followed by Rémy's notes on the same. In the introduction (p. ii), Rémy states: "The Mooolelo Hawaii (the name of the little book of which I offer the translation with the transcription) was written by the natives who, in 1820, had no idea of a written language, and it was printed by the authors themselves at Lahainaluna on the island of Maui in 1838… In reproducing the text with reference to my translation, I had two objects in view: first I wanted to get the philologists to study a language "qui tend a disaparaiture" and which offers us in this text a monument of the most considerable authenticity… and it appeared to me afterwards it would be of interest to reproduce a work which had become unobtainable in the country where it had originated, and of which to my knowledge there are but two copies in Europe, that owned by M. Brenchley in England and mine in France. The principal author [of the original text] is David Malo, who died in 1853. Encouraged by the chiefs and by the missionaries, Kavika or David Malo consecrated his life to a study of the history of his country, and his researches, of which only a part have been published, have given him a well merited reputation among his countrymen…'.

Butler, 238; Chadenat 6767; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 2509 (reproducing title-page); Hawaii One Hundred, 81 (n); Hill, 552; Hunnewell, p. 63; Judd and Bell, 391; Martin 46; Taylor 147.

Condition Report: Ink library shelf-mark on title; endpapers slightly browned; sides scuffed but in good original condition.

Price (AUD): $6,000.00

US$3,876.04   Other currencies

Ref: #4504807

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