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Byron, George Anson
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Byron, George Anson
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 3,900 USD
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Byron, George Anson

Voyage of H. M. S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the Years 1824-1825. London: John Murray, 1826

4to (10 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.;273 x216 mm).  13 engraved plates (one folding), one folding map of the Sandwich Islands, one engraved chart; offsetting to folding plate and title-page, occasional scattered foxing, most pronounced in quire D, repairs to short tears on bottom margins of HH3-4, light offsetting of a few plates to text.  Later half calf over marbled boards, the spine in 6 compartments, green morocco lettering piece, green endpapers, edges sprinkled red; several nicks to spine, joints slightly rubbed, corners bumped.  

 


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Provenance

Caroline Knip (ownership inscription on title-page)

Literature

Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 630; Abbey Travel 597; Hill (2004) 231

Catalogue Note

First edition. During their state visit to England, King Kamehameha II and his favorite wife Kamamalu were mortally striken with measles. The H.M.S. Blonde, commanded by George Anson Byron (cousin of the poet and successor to the barony), conveyed their remains back to Hawaii for burial. Byron took the opportunity to explore the islands and to erect a cross to the memory of Captain Cook at Karakakua on the spot where his body was burned. Much of this useful account was pieced together by another of Byron's literary cousins, Maria Graham (although not credited), from various journals. While there are useful empirical observations of the natural history and inhabitants of the islands, the narrative takes a harsh view of the American missionaries.

Fine Books and Manuscripts Including A Private Collection of Historical Hawaiiana

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New York