HAWAIIAN IMPRINT - EMERSON, John S.
He Hoakakaolelo No Na Huaolelo Beritania, I Mea Kokua I Na Kanaka Hawaii E Ao Ana Ia Olelo
Lahainaluna: Mea Pai Palapala o ke Kulanui, 1845. 8vo. (9 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches). x,184pp. Text in two columns.
Expertly bound to style in half black morocco and period marbled paper covered boards
Provenance: Peter Gulick and William Gulick (contemporary inscriptions in Hawaii)
The first English-Hawaiian dictionary.
"The first English-Hawaiian dictionary, and one of the most important publications of the Lahainaluna Press" (Forbes). In the preface, Rev. Emerson states: "The design of this work is primarily to aid Hawaiian youth of intelligence in acquiring a knowledge of the English language; and it is intended, in connection with the grammar, to furnish them adequate help, under the direction of the living teacher, until they can use the English Dictionary with English Definitions." With provenance to members of the Gulick family of missionaries who came to Hawaii in 1828 as part of the third company of missionaries from the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Spending time on Kaua'i and Moloka'i, in 1847 they moved to O'ahu.
Forbes 1551; Judd 277; DAB IX, p.381.