Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1898
In 12s (8 x 5 3/8 in.; 204 x 138 mm, uncut). Photographic frontispieces of Queen Liliuokalani and the Prince Consort, 19 photographic plates; a very few text leaves chipped or torn from careless opening. Publisher's red cloth gilt with royal cipher and vignettes of kahili, top edge gilt, others uncut; spine a bit faded, some light abrasion to extremities, front inner hinge cracking. Marbled board slipcase.
First edition of "a key work on Hawaiian history and the only autobiographical text by any of the Hawaiian monarchs" (Forbes). Hawaii's Story was written with the assistance of Julius A. Palmer, the Queen's secretary (and a former journalist), while Liliuokalani was living in Massachusetts after her forced abdication.
Presentation copy, inscribed on the front endpapers: "Compliments of Liliuokalani of Hawaii to Djelal Munif Bey, May 7th 1904, Washington D.C." Munif was the Turkish Consul General to the United States.
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