SEVERSON, Donald R. - Specimens of Hawaiian Kapa Assembled
Original quarter bound folio with brown goat skin spine, brown ribbon ties; case shows a little wear and slight fading to spine. Introduction and historical notes published in 31 pages separate booklet, includes list of subscribers and bibliography.
Specimens of Hawaiian Kapa Assembled from Various Institutions and Private Collections
Desirable Fifteen Historic Hawaiian Kapa Specimens Bound by Arion Press
In 1977 Donald Severson purchased these Kapa samples at an auction in London, England. They are from the James Hooper collection and were brought to England in 1825 aboard the H.M. S. Blonde and given as gifts by Queen Emma to English friends. Severson also purchased Kapa specimens from an East Coast Book Dealer who purchased a collection from Amherst College. The nineteen Amherst samples date around 1820. They were collected by some of the first Christian missionaries and sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions.
Kapa is made by a complicated process from the bark of mulberry striplings, soaked in sea water and beaten into wide strips. These wide strips are then melded together to form cloth of various lengths, widths and coarseness. The cloth is then decorated using dyes made from materials found in nature and designs from Hawaiian ancestors.
Published by the author, Donald Severson, Printed by Andrew Hoyem at Arion Press, San Francisco January 1979. Limited Edition to 95 copies, this being number 63 with 15 Kapa samples. Folio: 13 inches in height by 9.75 inches. Remarkable example of Fine Press.
Original quarter bound folio with brown goat skin spine, brown ribbon ties; case shows a little wear and slight fading to spine. Introduction and historical notes published in 31 pages separate booklet, includes list of subscribers and bibliography. Printed on hand made Fabriano paper. List of Subscribers Prospectus (folded) is present. Contents Fine.
The 15 mounted specimens of historic kappa cloth preserved in separate fascicles. Each sample is accompanied by a photograph of the original larger specimen, a description and the sample itself. All Fine
Scarce, Stunning Examples of Early Hawaiian Kapa