Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    King Kalakaua's Rare Legends and Myths of Hawaii, with an Even Rarer Signature by Him

    His Hawaiian Majesty King Kalakaua. The Legends and Myths of Hawaii. The Fables and Folk-Lore of a Strange People. New York: Charles Webster & Company, 1888. First edition. Affixed to page [ix] at the top is a clipped signature by Kalakaua on ruled paper: "Yours very truly. / Kalakaua". Approximately 1.5 x 4.25 inches. Octavo. 530, [2, blank] pages. With steel-engraved portrait frontispiece and another portrait and fifteen wood-engraved plates inserted throughout. Publisher's full yellow cloth, decoratively stamped in black and lettered in gilt on front board and spine. Floral endleaves. Spine toned and somewhat worn, some edgewear and soiling to boards, hinges repaired, front free endpaper restored at outer margin, on page [524], a blank page, a newspaper clipping has been attached, with offsetting to page 525. Still, a very good copy of this rare history of Hawaii, written by Hawaii's last reigning king. Housed in custom-built quarter brown calf slipcase.

    More Information:

    King Kalakaua (1836-1891, King 1874-1891) became king in 1874 when the previous monarch, King Lunalilo, died after only one year on the throne. Since Lunalilo had no heirs, an election was held and Kalakaua was elected to succeed him. Unfortunately, the new king was a spendthrift (he earned the nickname, "The Merrie Monarch") and was eventually deposed, and was the last king of Hawaii. However, his love of joyful things revived interest in the Hula, surfing and Lua (a Hawaiian martial art), and he popularized the use of the ukulele. He also wrote Hawai'I Pono'I, which would become the Hawaiian state song. Hawaii's "Merrie Monarch Festival" is held in his honor.



    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2013
    17th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 636

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 November 1 - 2 Space Exploration - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $616,190