Honolulu: James Steiner, The Island Curio Company for the Honolulu Aquarium. [ca. 1907]. Original boards. Oblong 12 mo. 12 accordian-folded chromolithographic plates of tropical fish found on the Hawaiian reefs; 1 text leaft pasted downs as rear endpaper. Printed in Germany. Publisher's red cloth spone over red paper coverd boards; gilt title and a gilt illustration of the Hawaiian beach with a fishing boat on frontcover. Light wear & rubbing; short closed tear to lower corner of first fold; spotting on rear cover; a very good copy of a scarce Hawiiana title. Item #18580
The following fish species are illustrated: the Humuhumu, Ula ula, Kapuhili, the flying fish Malolo, the Laipala, Ohua, Lae-Nihi, Kikakapu, Kawa, Akilolo, Kala, and the Nohu. The editorial note on The Honolulu Aquarium encourages the reader to visit: "Language cannot do this subject justice. No words can accurately portray what one has seen here. The fish are odd in shape and have all the hues of the rainbow. The tints are laid on as if with a brush, and yet no painter could imitate them. No visitor to Honolulu should fail to see the Aquarium."