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    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.

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    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.

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