Apr 27, 2017 - Sale 2444

Sale 2444 - Lot 168

Price Realized: $ 3,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,500
(HAWAII.) My First Book of Reading and Spelling. Numerous illustrations. 60 pages. 12mo, unbound, in original plain wrappers; intermittent foxing; uncut and unopened. In a modern cloth slipcase. Honolulu: Press of the American Mission, 1845

Additional Details

An English-language primer, probably intended for Hawaiians but described in one review as being "also admirably suited to circulate among seamen, scores and hundreds of whom annually call for spelling books" (The Friend, 1 June 1846). This primer includes some content for the nautical set, including the story of Jonah on page 37, and a section illustrated with 6 woodcuts of seaman's churches from around the world (pages 47-54). Another highlight is the Parson Weems story of Washington and the cherry tree, pages 38-40. This copy is as unsophisticated as they come. Forbes 1560; Treasures of Hawaiian History, page 52. None traced at auction, and only 3 in OCLC.