History of the Sandwich Islands, embracing their Antiquities Mythologies, 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 Present Time. James Jackson JARVES.
History of the Sandwich Islands, embracing their Antiquities Mythologies, 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 Present Time.

History of the Hawaiian or Sandwich Islands…
History of the Sandwich Islands, embracing their Antiquities Mythologies, 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 Present Time.

Boston: Tappan and Dennet, 1843.

Octavo, engraved frontispiece, pictorial title, folding map, and 22 woodcut illustrations; a very good copy in the original patterned cloth.

The first substantial history of Hawaii

First edition: scarce. The first substantial and still one of the most important and influential histories of Hawaii. This is also an important Cook item: Jarves describes at length Cook's visits to and death in Hawaii, while most of the charming illustrations are derived from images made by the third voyage artist Webber.

First edition: scarce. The first substantial and still one of the most important and influential histories of Hawaii. This is also an important Cook item: Jarves describes at length Cook's visits to and death in Hawaii, while most of the charming illustrations are derived from images made by the third voyage artist Webber.

Jarves, founder and editor of The Polynesian, the first newspaper to be issued in the Islands and later to become the official government journal, was considered the "ablest of the nineteenth century historians of the islands" (H.W. Bradley, quoted by Day, Hawaii, p. 10). Cook's visits and death in Hawaii are described at pp. 106-36. Although Jarves was a vocal proponent of the idea that the islands were reached by Spanish navigators two or more centuries before the arrival of Cook in 1778, he wrote that this did "not greatly detract from the credit due to the energy and ability displayed by their English successor… He was probably unaware of their true position; and if to Columbus the discovery of America is attributed, equally to Cook is that of the Hawaiian group. Both were simply re-discoveries…".

Provenance: Newbegin's, San Francisco (bookstore ticket at end); Carlsmith family library in Hawai'i (sold by ourselves in 1985).

Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 1410; Holmes, 119; Hunnewell, p. 45, Sabin, 35796.

Condition Report: Front endpapers spotted, otherwise fine.

Price (AUD): $1,100.00

US$761.39   Other currencies

Ref: #5000289

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