Lot 98 of 541:
First Hawaiian guidebook from Hawaii  

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The Hawaiian Guide Book, for Travelers; Containing a Brief Description of the Hawaiian Islands, Their Harbors, Agricultural Resources, Plantations, Scenery, Volcanoes, Climate, Population, and Commerce

Whitney, Henry M.

Honolulu, H.I.

Published by Henry M. Whitney



144 pp. With folding map of the Hawaiian Islands; inserted advertisement leaf on yellow paper; floor plan of the Hawaiian Hotel on p.8. (12mo) 16.8x10.7 cm (6¾x4¼"), later half cloth & marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. First Edition.

The first Hawaiian publication specifically designed as a guidebook for tourists, as noted by Forbes, who continues, "Whitney commences with the descriptions of a typical ship's arrival at Honolulu. He then extols the virtues of the new Hawaiian Hotel... The guide describes the town and its principal buildings, provides a court calendar, lists churches and hours of worship, and advises 'what to see and where to go.' Following this are instructions for visiting the neighbor islands and island-by-island descriptions..." This copy without the original wrappers, which were not retained when rebound; also, all but one of the inserted advertisement leaves are similarly lacking - there were 16 in number, in addition to a 12-page advertisement folder for the Pacific Mail Company inserted at front, also not present. These ad leaves offered bases for determining the issue of the book - there were several - so that has not been verified. Forbes 3106. Ownership notations and rubberstamps on front endpaper, in German, with 1911 date.

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Some offset to title-page, else very good.

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