The Legends and Myths of Hawaii. New York: Charles L. Webster, 1888
8vo, frontispiece portrait, plates; half-title and first free endpaper detached but present. Publisher’s mustard decorated cloth, gold-stamped title on upper cover and spine; corners and backstrip rubbed.
First edition of an important anthology of Hawaiian traditional literature, compiled by Rollin M. Daggett, formerly U.S. minister to the islands, with the aid of King Kalakaua. Twenty-one legends have been selected and rewritten for Western audiences.
The publishing company was owned in part by Mark Twain who encouraged the compilers of the work and took an active hand in its publication.
Beckwith, Martha. Hawaiian Mythology. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1940. 8vo. Publisher’s blue cloth, gold-stamped title and imprint on spine; a few spots, head and foot of spine rubbed. Bookplate and discard stamp of Caledonia Library Association. — Luomala, Katherine. Voices on the Wind, Polynesian Myths and Chants. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1955. 8vo, decorated wrappers; some light foxing. — Rice, William Hyde. Hawaiian Legends. Bernice P. Bishop Museum Bulletin 3. Honolulu: Bishop Museum, 1923. 8vo, frontispiece portrait. Printed wrappers — Thrum, Thomas G. More Hawaiian Folk Tales. Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., 1923. 8vo, frontispiece, plates. Publishers decorated brown cloth. Ms. exlibris of Edward H. Schoen on front pastedown. — plus 4 works on the same subject by W.D. Westervelt, of which 3 are inscribed by the author.
Together 9 pieces.
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