HAWAII - PHOTOGRAPHY "Vistas of Hawaii Illustrating Life and Scenery in the Hawaiian Islands", and other related ephemera (small quantity)

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HAWAII - PHOTOGRAPHY
"Vistas of Hawaii Illustrating Life and Scenery in the Hawaiian Islands", and other related ephemera (small quantity)

Sold for £ 27,500 (US$ 37,576) inc. premium
HAWAII - PHOTOGRAPHY
"Vistas of Hawaii Illustrating Life and Scenery in the Hawaiian Islands", 62 platinum prints of local types, landscapes and buildings (average size approximately 180 x 155mm.), mounted one per page recto and verso (excepting 2 smaller on one page), one with a few surface abrasions, contemporary diced morocco, upper cover near detached, 4to 1890s; "Vistas of Hawaii. Scenes In & Around Hilo", 38 albumen prints of local types and views (average 130 x 205mm.), mounted one per pages (all but 2 recto only), contemporary half morocco, oblong 4to, 1890s, each with manuscript title, and descriptive text to each plate written in the border; together with an account of a voyage from Liverpool to Honolulu (and subsequent stay in Hawaii) undertaken in 1893/4, in 2 volumes, approximately 200 pages, transcriptions of letters sent by Herbert Smith to his parents, loosely inserted printed calendar of events at Central Union Church in Honolulu (with manuscript notes on the sermons delivered), quarter cloth, small 4to, [c.1894]; approximately 50 pages of letters relating to a voyage to America in 1897; several menus and passenger lists for voyages, including the S.S. Mariposa (sailing from San Francisco to Honolulu, 1897), and the T.S.S. Bavarian (sailing from Montreal to Liverpool, 1899), and other related ephemera (small quantity)

Footnotes

  • Good photograph albums of Hawaiian subjects, including "Surf riders and their boards, Hilo bay", "Old Hawaiian fisherman with thrownet", Hawaiian "showing old native sandals and rain cloak, both made from the leaves of the pandanas", "cutting up a turtle... [subjects wearing] the present dress of the natives", "Japanese and Portuguese female plantation labourers", "Cutting the sugar cane", "Railway truck loaded with sugar cane" (showing a Japanese worker "clothed almost entirely with rice sacks"), "Hawaiian canoe and house", "Harpooning fish", "Preparing poi", children eating sugar cane, "a family gathering" (outside a traditional house), "Four generations of Hawaiians", "Hilo-Chinese Kindergaten School", "Mr. Lyman's House, Hilo. Mrs Lyman on the lower verandah", "Hawaiian Girls fishing for small-fry"; "Hilo frontage as seen from the S/S Kinau... Mauna Loa in background", "Looking up Waianuinui St., Hilo from the wharf", "Mr. Luther Severance's house, Waianuinui St.", "Old Hilo-Hotel", "Hilo Bay from the Halai Hills", "kainche, the out of town residence of the Lyman's... opposite cocoanut island", "Cocoanut island... with native canoe", "The Haili or native church... Hilo", "T.H.D. & Co's Offices..., Hilo", "Banyan Tree, Thomas Square, Honolulu", "The Volcano House, Kilanea", "The boiling lake of fire [Kilanea]", and others. The manuscript material includes letters, and transcriptions of letters written to his family by an English visitor to Hawaii, giving his detailed impressions of the islands and the inhabitants, and describing his day-to-day activities whilst working in a goods store, as well as his social life.

    Provenance: Herbert Smith, of "W. Smith & Co., Hosiers and Family Drapers... Bury New Road, Manchester", the diaries demonstrating that he was working in a store (possibly "T.H.D. & Co.") in Hawaii, and with his name printed in the list of first class passengers on board the ships Mariposa and Bavarian; by descent to the present owner.
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HAWAII - PHOTOGRAPHY "Vistas of Hawaii Illustrating Life and Scenery in the Hawaiian Islands", and other related ephemera (small quantity)
HAWAII - PHOTOGRAPHY "Vistas of Hawaii Illustrating Life and Scenery in the Hawaiian Islands", and other related ephemera (small quantity)
HAWAII - PHOTOGRAPHY "Vistas of Hawaii Illustrating Life and Scenery in the Hawaiian Islands", and other related ephemera (small quantity)
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