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    William Ellis. Narrative of a Tour Through Hawaii, or, Owhyhee; with Remarks... London, 1826.

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    William Ellis. Narrative of a Tour Through Hawaii, or, Owhyhee; with Remarks on the History, Traditions, Manners, Customs, and Language of the Inhabitants of the Sandwich Islands. London: Published for the Author by H. Fisher, Son, and P. Jackson, 1826.

    First edition. Octavo. Seven engraved plates and folding frontispiece map. Bookplate of Stuart W. Jackson on front pastedown. Binding worn. Over-opened pages with spine crease.

    [10], [3]-442 pages. Brown paper covered boards with tan spine, paper title label on spine. Binding rubbed, scuffed, scratched, chipped, lightly soiled, and darkened, corners bumped; spine with a vertical crease corresponding to over-opened pages in signature N, title label chipped and faded; small holograph pencil bookseller's notes on pastedowns and on verso of one tissue guard, holograph ink annotation on last page, light image offset on title page from map, three tissue guards (one of which is torn); foxing, occasional soiling or stains, pages lightly cockled and creased, edge wear with small corner bends, few small edge tears; else in very good condition.

    "The Narrative of English missionary William Ellis is particularly important, as it was the first book written about the Hawaiian Islands and the first serious notice of the Islands since Captain Cook's discovery of them forty-eight years earlier. It may be called the first scientific book on Hawaii: although its main purpose was to report on mission progress, and Ellis was primarily interested in local manners and traditions, he was sufficiently expansive to include observations on such natural and cultural history topics as volcanoes, antiquities, and the anthropology of the Islands." - [Hill, 545].



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