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[Hawaii] The Hawaiian archipelago : Six Months Among The Palm Groves, Coral Reefs, and Volcanoes of the Sandwich Islands
London / New York: John Murray / Scribner & Welford, 1881. Early Reprint. Original Cloth. Fine-. 8vo. xv,[1, List of Illustrations],318,[2],32[publisher's catalogue]pp, with 11 woodcut illustrations and folding map of Hawaiian Archipelago. Publisher's emerald-green cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, upper cover with central gilt vignette of palm tree and thatched hut, green coated end papers. About Fine, square and tight, map properly folded, plates in rich impressions, pages clean and bright. Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography 3070. Fourth Edition of this epistolary travelogue, "[o]ne of the classic (and most often quoted) books on the Hawaiian Islands." (Forbes) Bird left Britain in 1872, going first to Australia, which she disliked, then on to Hawaii (then known in Europe as the Sandwich Islands). In these 31 letters to her sister at home, Bird describes the volcanic wonders of Kilauea, sugar plantations, sheep ranches, exotic ferns,and surfing (one of the earliest accounts extant) on boards shaped like coffin lids, sculpted from the breadfruit tree. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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