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Rare and early title from Honolulu...

Item # 668089

March 29, 1845

THE POLYNESIAN, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, March 29, 1845 

* Very rare 19th century Hawaiian publication

One of the earliest newspapers we have offered from Hawaii, and fourteen years earlier than the few of this title we offered in recent years.
The "first series" of this title existed for just 1 1/2 years from 1840 to 1841. It proved unprofitable and was shut down. The editor reestablished the paper under the same title in May, 1844. Two months later it become the "Official Journal of the Hawaiian Government" and remained so until 1861. The Polynesian was the leading paper on Oahu in the mid-1800's. Issues of this era very rarely surface.
This is issue #45 under the "new series". All columns on all 4 pages are black-bordered for the: "Burial of Haalilio", the ambassador from Hawaii to America. The coverage is on page 4 & includes the order of the funeral procession.
The back page has several notices, one in French and one in the Hawaiian language. Also an item from: "Monterey, Upper California" concerning whaling.
Four pages, 12 by 18 inches, damp staining, good condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War