BYRON, George Anson. Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the years 1824-1825. Captain the Right Hon. Lord Byron, Commander. London, Murray, 1826.
4to. Contemporary black calf-backed marbled boards, spine lettered and ornamented in gilt with raised bands; pp. x, 260, folding engraved frontispiece, 2 engraved maps (1 folding), wood-engraved plate and 22 engraved plates of views and native people; corners and edges a little worn, internal spotting as usual; gift inscription, dated 1855, on verso of fly-leaf; a good copy.
First edition of this excellent and early book on Hawaii. The Queen consort of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamamalu and her King Kamehameha II died of measles in London during a Royal visit. The British government ordered to return their bodies to the Hawaiian Islands, with the cousin of the poet Byron in command. The book opens with a history of the discovery of the Hawaiian islands, followed by the account of the Royal visit until their death caused by a disease the Hawaiian couple was not immune against. This is followed by the narrative of the journey and the sojourn in Hawaii, which contains an interesting account of travels to Hilo, and the Volcano, Kealakekua, Lahaina and Honolulu. George Anson Byron was the uncle of the poet, and grandson of John Byron, who circumnavigated the world with George Anson in 1740–44.
Abbey 597; Hill 231; Sabin 100816; Borba de Moraez, p.139.