Ka Palapala Hemolele a Iehova ko kakou Akua. O Ke Kauoha Kahiko A Me Ke Kauoha Hou i unuhiia mailoko mai o na olelo kahiko Paiia no ko Amerika Poe Hoolala Baibala.
na na Missionari i Pai, ( 1843), Oahu and Honolulu
8vo, 24 cm. (2)-1128; (2),1131-1451 pp.
According to Forbes’s “Hawaiian National Bibliography,” this is the first 8vo, and second entire, edition of the Bible translated into, and printed in, the Hawaiian language. The earlier printing consisted of three 12mo volumes, with the New Testament published first, followed by the Old Testament 2 years later. This 8vo edition “presents the Bible in a more compact form than the first (1837-1839) edition.” Forbes continues, “The text is generally printed in double columns divided by a vertical rule. The Books of Job…Psalms, Proverbs, the Song of Solomon, much of Isaiah, and Jeremiah are in single-column numbered verse form. The New Testament, beginning on p. (1130) has its own title page, “Ke Kauoha hou a ko kakou haku e ola’i a Iesu Kristo…” and was printed in Honolulu rather than Oahu. This copy is ex-libris the Athenian Society of Bowdoin college, with the society’s bookplate, a college “Withdrawn” stamp on the front pastedown, and the Society’s oval stamp in the upper corner of the title page. According to the bookplate, the book was presented to the college by Bowdoin alum Rev. Daniel Dole. Dole and his wife arrived in Honolulu as missionaries in 1841. Dole was principal of the Punahou school for the children of missionaries there. After the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Dole’s son Sanford became president of the Republic of Hawaii, and the first governor of the Territory of Hawaii. Sanford’s cousin James developed the pineapple industry in Hawaii, and his family wielded enormous influence in Hawaiian politics. Worldcat shows only 10 institutions holding copies of this Bible. A copy appeared at auction in 2018, and prior to that, 1983, 1982, and 1918. Its relative scarcity may be explained by the fact that 10,000 copies of this edition were printed, but 3 years after publication 9000 copies were still on hand. In Forbes’s words it did “not appear to have been a best seller.” Bound in full sheep with a black morocco spine label. The covers are rubbed, but the binding and sewing are tight. Page number 1145 is omitted in the pagination, page number 1153 is duplicated on two pages, pagination jumps from 1200 to 1213, and page 1220 is printed as 1120, with the following pages numbered 1209-1451, as in all copies. The text is complete and in excellent condition. See Forbes, 1416 and 1108; Hunnewell pp. 24-25, (giving translator, date and first published appearance for each book of the Bible). Judd & Bell 265. An important Bible with a powerful association.