Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the years 1824-1825. Captain the Right Hon. Lord Byron, Commander. George Anson. GRAHAM BYRON, compiler, Maria.

Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands…
Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the years 1824-1825. Captain the Right Hon. Lord Byron, Commander.

London: John Murray, 1826.

Quarto, with a folding chart and 14 plates (comprising folding aquatint frontispiece, eight other aquatint plates, three engraved portraits and the plan of Kilauea volcano); a large copy, edges rough-trimmed only, in the original plain grey boards, spine repaired and the original printed paper label laid down; cloth case.

Hawaii in the mid-1820s: melancholy return of the bodies of the King and Queen

First edition of a famous voyage account, and an important and extensive illustrated description of Hawaii in the mid-1820s.

First edition of a famous voyage account, and an important and extensive illustrated description of Hawaii in the mid-1820s.

Kamehameha II of Hawaii and his Queen Kamamalu were on a visit to London in 1824, when they both died of measles, against which they had no immunity. This voyage - "one of the most gracious acts that one country has ever extended to another" (Buck) - was commissioned by the British government specifically to return their bodies to the Hawaiian Islands, with the cousin of the poet Byron in command. The book contains a history of their visit to London, a résumé of the discovery of the Hawaiian islands and visits by British explorers, as well as the main narrative, compiled by Maria Graham from journals kept by the naturalist Bloxam as well as from official papers.

The stay in Hawaii -- discussed at length by Forbes -- contains an interesting account of travels to Hilo, and the Volcano, Kealakekua, Lahaina and Honolulu. The fine aquatint views by Robert Dampier include a large view of Kilauea crater, two of Honolulu, four of Hilo, and one each of the City of Refuge near Kealakekua, and Lahaina on Maui.

'Hawaii One Hundred', 37; Borba de Moraes, p. 139; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 630; Hill, 231; Judd, 76.

Condition Report: Some foxing and toning, a few lower outer margins more affected in the earlier section of the book.

Price (AUD): $4,400.00

US$2,982.06   Other currencies

Ref: #5000294

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