Ellis, William. The Advertiser Historical Series No. 2. NARRATIVE OF A TOUR THROUGH HAWAII, or Owhyhee; with remarks on the History, Traditions, Customs and Language of the Inhabitants of the Sandwich Islands. By William Ellis, Missionary from the Society and Sandwich Islands. (Reprint of the London 1827 Edition). With an Introduction By Lorrin A. Thurston. Pp. [ii](blank), 480; portrait frontispiece, 2 folding maps, 14 illustrations (mostly full-page), facsimile signature, appendix on the Hawaiian language; original cloth, gilt; (covers a little flecked; a very good copy; scarce. Honolulu, Hawaii; Hawaiian Gazette Co., Ltd.; 1917.
***See Hill, Volume II, pages 143 and 414: "The Narrative of English missionary William Ellis is particularly important, as it was the first book written about the Hawaiian islands and the first serious notice of the islands since Captain Cook's discovery of them forty-eight years earlier. It may be called the first scientific book on Hawaii: although its main purpose was to report on mission progress, and Ellis was primarily interested in local manners and traditions, he was sufficiently expansive to include observations on such natural and cultural history topics as volcanoes, antiquities, and the anthropology of the islands." He includes an account of the death of Captain Cook from an eyewitness report of native Hawaiians. This edition is from the considerably enlarged second edition of 1827 (first published 1826) and includes material also from Ellis's Journal of 1825: "This combination constitutes the clearest, most accurate, and detailed account extant of the physical and social conditions existing in Hawaii in 1823." - Hill. See also Forbes 656/657 and Hill (second edition) 547. #67087

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