Lot 389: Voyage of the HMS Blonde in the Sandwich Islands

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Lot 389: Author: Byron, Captain [George Anson]; Title: Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, In the Years 1824-1825; Place Published: London; Publisher: John Murray; Date Published: 1826; Description: x, 260 pp. Two maps (one folding); twelve engraved plates (one folding), one full-page woodcut illustrations. (4to) 27.5x21.5 cm (10¾x8½"), modern half-calf and boards, red morocco spine label. First Edition."This voyage was termed by Peter Buck (Ti Rangi Hiroa) "One of the most gracious acts that one country has ever extended to another." Kamehameha ll of Hawaii and his queen, Kamamalu, were on a visit to London in 1824 when they both died of the measles, for which they had no immunity. This voyage, with the cousin of the poet Lord George Gordon Byron in command, was undertaken by the British government specifically to return their bodies to the Hawaiian Islands....The work contains a history of the late King's visit to London, a resume of the discovery of and visits to Hawaii by British explorers, as well as the main narrative, compiled by Maria Graham from the journals kept by the naturalist (Bloxam) and from other official papers. The Hawaii portion of the text contains an interesting account of events in Honolulu and travels to Hilo, Kealakekua, and Kailua, Kona." Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 630; Hill, 231. Condition: Bindings lightly rubbed; foxing, archival repairs to edges of several leaves at toward front and rear of volume; a few leaves silked on one side repairing longer tears; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories Thursday, 28th January 2016 Estimate: $1000-1500
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