The Second Interregnum. A Complete Resume of Events from the Death to the Burial of His Late Majesty Lunalilo. Honolulu: Thos. G. Thrum, Publisher; Black & Auld, Printers, 3 March 1874
Newspaper-pamphlet, folio (12 1/8 x 9 1/8 in.; 308 x 232 mm), 5 bifolia, caption title, text in three columns, mounted albumen photograph portrait of King Kalakaua on first page; stiching lost, central horizonatal crease where folded, causing split to photograph, a few marginal creases and chips, ex-library.
"A very rare and indispensable work for understanding the intense political activity and electioneering that occurred following the death of King Lunalilo" (Forbes).
This vital work comprises translations of many Hawaiian-language broadsides and other ephemeral publications issued in response to Lunalilo's death and the election of a new monarch (see Forbes 3036), as well as articles, reports, and editorials from the Pacific Commercial Advertiser, the Hawaiian Gazette, Ka Nuhou Hawaii, and the Hawaiian Ponoi.
The publisher explained his purpose in a prefatory note: "The death of Lunalilo occurred on the evening of February 3d, 1874. This was an event that, while it had for weeks been almost daily expected to occur, had not been provided for by the appointment of a Successor to the Throne. Two candidates for the Crown at once placed themselves in the field—Prince David Kalakaua and the Queen Dowager Emma, Relict of Kamehameha IV. The Legislature, elected Feb. 2d, was summoned in Extra Session to elect a King on the 12th. The object of this paper is to give a consecutive account (derived from the publications of the day) of the events that occurred during the interregnum of nine days that followed the death of the King and up to his burial, including an account of the riot and all the 'campaign documents' issued from the press,—many of the latter which appeared in the native language only, having been translated expressly for this issue—the whole being issued in a compact form for preservation as matter of history, and for convenience in mailing abroad."
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