New York: Taylor & Dodd, 1839. 1st. Original cloth. First Edition. Small 8vo. xii,  + 14-268 pp. Publisher's dark green/black blind-stamped cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Previous owner engraved bookplate for Isaac N. Seligman of Willow Brook affixed inside front board. Seligman was (1855-1917) was an American banker and communal worker. He was connected with almost all the important social reform committees in New York of the times. Foxing, mostly to first and last few pages and page edges; light wear to extremities, more so to spine ends; a very good copy. Item #18484
"The text contains two parts. The first two chapters are on the early history of the Islands up to the visit of Captain Cook. Chapter III, Introduction of Christianity, discusses Hawaii between Captain Cook's death and the arrival of the first missionaries and includes an account of the death of Kamehameha; the succession of Kamehameha II and the powerful position of Kaahumanu; and the demolishing the kapu system, an event that, he says, has no parallel in the history of the world. Following this is a general history of the progress of the mission..." (American Imprints 55361; Forbes 1141; Sabin 19991).