Ke Kauoha Hou a ko Kakou Haku e Ola’l - The New Testament

Ke Kauoha Hou a ko Kakou Haku e Ola’l - The New Testament

$6,500.00Price

[ The New Testament  of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ : this is the sacred word of life, written by the apostles]

 

Rare First Complete Book Printed on an Island Press 

 

 

  • Ke Kauoha Hou a ko Kakou Haku e Ola’l, a lesu Kristo: oia ka olelo hemolele no ke ola, a na lunaoleloi I kaku ai

     

    [ The New Testament  of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ : this is the sacred word of life, written by the apostles]

     

    Scarce First Printing of the Complete New Testament in Hawaiian

     

    The first printing of the New Testament in Hawaiian was the result of over a decade of labor by the first American missionaries in the islands. Translated from the Greek, it was a collaborative effort on the part of Asa Thurston, Hiram Bingham, William Richards, Lorin Andrews, and Artemus Bishop.   The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John had been printed in Hawaiian in Rochester, New York in 1828-1829, and a portion of Bingham’s translation of St. Luke had been printed in Honolulu in 1827. However this 1835 First Edition represents not only the first appearance of the entire New Testament in the Hawaiian language but also the first printing of any complete book on the island press.

     

    Na Na Misonari I Pai, Oahu, 1835, First Edition, 340 numbered pages, pages {341-520} are not numbered. 12 mo: 7.25 inches I height by 4.50 inches in width, Original full calf binding with spine conserved at some time, red title block with Kauoha Hou in gilt along with 6 simple rule in gilt.

    Previous owner gift inscription on front pastedown along with a Bellevue College stamp. New Testament is written in ink on top of title page as well.

    Moderate damp stain towards the bottom of title page, starts at 2 inches and gets gradually less until totally absent on page 48, not really affecting the text.

     

    Housed in a full calf custom clam shell case, 5 raised bands on spine with ornamentation on bands and in panels. Red title block on spine, boards framed in gilt double rule. ‘Oil can’ marbled paper edges both interior and exterior. Beautiful.  

     

    Rare First Complete Book Printed on an Island Press