The Hawaiian Archipelago. Six Months among the Palm Groves, Coral Reefs, & Volcanoes of the Sandwich Islands. London: John Murray, 1875
8vo (7 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.; 197 x 133 mm, uncut). Wood-engraved frontispiece of Kilauea, 7 wood-engraved plates, 3 wood-engraved vignettes in text, folding wood-engraved map of the Hawaiian Archipelago, folding tinted lithographed map of the crater of Haleakala after W. D. Alexander, half-title, errata leaf, terminal leaf of publisher's ads; some occasional light spotting, mostly marginal. Publisher's green cloth gilt, covers elaborately blind-ruled, front cover with central gilt vignette after the engraved plate of the pau' (Hawaiian ladies' riding dress); skillfully rebacked preserving original spine, two small stains to spine, corners bumped, inner hinges reinforced, withal, a very good copy.
A presentation copy of the first edition of "One of the classic (and most often quoted) books on the Hawaiian Islands," inscribed on the half-title: "Dr. Howard With the Author's affecte. regards, Feb. 24. 1875" (Forbes).
Presentation copies of any of Bird's celebrated epistolary travel books are extremely uncommon. The recipient of this volume was likely one of the many physicians who treated the chronically ill—but nonetheless peripatetic—author.
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