23 September 2004
GEORGE ANSON BYRON, 7TH BARON BYRON (1789-1868)
[Maria GRAHAM]. Voyage of H.M.S. Blonde to the Sandwich Islands, in the years 1824-1825. Captain the Right Hon. Lord Byron, Commander. London: Thomas Davison for John Murray, 1826. 4° (273 x 212mm). Folding aquatint frontispiece, 11 plates (8 aquatints), 2 maps (one folding), one full-page wood-engraving. (Title spotted, some marginal spotting, frontispiece creased.) Later cloth (lightly soiled and rubbed at extremities). Provenance: Andrew Carrick Bloxam (presentation inscirption from his father, dated 1915.
FIRST EDITION, WITH AN INTERESTING PROVENANCE: the Rev Andrew Bloxam (1801-1878) served as naturalist aboard the Blonde during the voyage. 'This voyage was termed by Peter Bucks... "One of the most gracious acts that one country has ever extended to another." Kamehameha II of Hawaii and his queen, Kamamalu, were on a visit to London in 1824 when they both died of measles, for which they had no immunity. This voyage, with the cousin of the poet Lord... Byron in command, was undertaken by the British government specifically to return their bodies to the Hawaiian Islands' (Forbes I, p.437). The first part of the work deals with the King's visit to Britain and the early history of Hawaii, the second part describes the voyage and the return of the King and his Queen to Hawaii. Abbey Travel II, 597; Forbes I, 630.
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