Coronation of Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Hawaiian Islands …. Honolulu: printed at the Advertiser Steam Printing House, 1883
In 8s (9 3/8 x 6 in.; 238 x 153 mm). Minor wear. Printed peach-colored wrappers; some wear and soiling to extremities, illegible signature in pencil in upper margin of front cover, small ink stains on lower cover.
A souvenir of the coronation of Kalakaua and Kapiolani at Honolulu, 12 February 1883, most likely an offprint of articles appearing in the Honolulu Advertiser. In addition to a detailed account of the coronation itself, the first piece gives the seating arrangements for dignitaries, descriptions of the structures specially built for the occasion, the regalia worn by the royal family and the gowns worn by important ladies. The booklet also contains a separate—and likewise detailed—article recounting the unveiling of the statue of Kamehameha I. Laid in is a diagram of the special structures (pavillion, grandstands, etc.) erected in front of the verandah of the Iolani Palace for the occasion.
An important memento of the first public coronation in Hawai'i. Although the king was sworn in 13 February 1874, he did not conceive the idea of being crowned publicly until almost a decade later. The ceremony took place in front of the newly built Iolani Palace with Kalakaua placing a jeweled crown on his own head and then one on the head of his queen. The unveliing of the celebrated statue of Kamehameha I, which still stands, took place two days later.
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