Journal of a Tour Around Hawaii, the Largest of the Sandwich Islands. By a Deputation from the Mission on those Islands. Boston: Published by Crocker & Brewster; New York: John P. Haven, 1825
12 mo (6 7/8 x 4 1/8 in.; 173 x 105 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Kuakini, folding engraved map of the Island of Hawaii, four engraved plates after sketches by Ellis by S. S. Jocelyn; some light browning and foxing. Contemporary tree sheep; worn and scuffed, rebacked preserving much of original spine with red morocco label. Marbled board slipcase.
First edition. The Sandwich Island Mission was initially established at Honolulu, Oahu, in 1820 and soon began penetration of the other Hawaiian Islands, starting with Maui. In the spring of 1823, the Mission began arrangements "for surveying Hawaii, with a view to the judicious occupation of that large and populous island" (preface). A deputation comprising Ellis, Asa Thurston, Artemas Bishop, and Joseph Goodrich travelled the island for two months that summer, producing the present record of their journey.
"Although well larded with religious exhortations, the book is an invaluable and detailed examination of all aspects of Hawaiian culture as well as descriptive of geographical features of the island" (Forbes). There are several significant appendices to the text, including Hawaiian and Fijian vocabularies, a list of Hawaiian deities, a brief Pacific gazetteer, and a concise dictionary of Hawaiian biography.
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