First edition of His Hawaiian Majesty Kalākaua's record of the myths, religion, and culture of his people, including the famous fifteenth-century story of the surf-riding princess Kelea.
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THE LEGENDS AND MYTHS OF HAWAII
"No sport was to her so enticing as a battle with the waves, and when her brother spoke to her of marriage she gaily answered that the surf-board was her husband, and she would never embrace any other."
The last reigning king of the Kingdom of Hawai'i, Kalākaua sought to preserve and perpetuate as many of his people's traditions as possible. Called the "Merry Monarch," he is responsible for reviving the hula and popularizing the ukulele. This copy was owned by Dr. Harriet Richardson Searle, a zoologist at the Smithsonian who published a number of articles on Hawaiian marine life. An important work in Hawaiian history, the original cloth binding especially fresh.
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New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888. Octavo. 9'' x 5.75''. Original pictorial tan cloth, front board and spine lettered in gilt and black. Green coral-patterned endpapers. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Kalakaua, engraved portrait of Queen Kapiolani, 18 full-page illustrations, and a number of in-text illustrations throughout (including a depiction of a surfboard on page 58). Appendix at rear. 530 pages. Ink inscription dated "Honolulu December 1889" on recto of frontispiece, ownership signature of Dr. H.R. Searle on title page. Very light abrasion to front fly leaf, inner two inches of gutter at page 114 toned, last page of appendix uniformly toned.
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