JARVES History of the Hawaiian Islands FIRST HONOLULU EDITION 1848 RARE 1st book

JARVES, James Jackson. Third Edition, greatly expanded fromthe previous editions. FIRST HONOLULU EDITION. 'History of the Hawaiian Islands(&c) Honolulu: Charles Edwin Hitchcock, 1847. approx. 80 illustrations amongst the text, Polished calf (rebacked), with title, author and date of publications tooled on spine. Slight foxing to some pages, with the addition of a few small pencil marks throughout. Only significant flaw is that pp. 26-27 are missing. Overall a handsome copy, extremely scarce in any condition.

An early and influential book on Hawaiian history. It would appear Mark Twain consulted this work in the preparing 'Roughing It' (1872), see, Rasmussen, 'Critical Companion to Mark Twain: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work' (2007).

James Jackson Jarves (1818-1880) carried on various business ventures in Hawaii, 1837-1848; in 1840 founded and edited 'The Polynesian' newspaper (one of the earliest on the Islands in English), which in 1844 became the official government paper, and Jarves became Director of the Government Press; in 1851 relocated to Florence, Italy, where he collected medieval Italian art, which he sold to Yale University in 1869; continued collecting and writing about art.