Publication: The Hawaiian Gazette Company, 1890, Honolulu
First edition. 8vo. 21.3 x 14 cm [8 3/8" x 5 1/2"], brown, unprinted wrappers, 16 (ads), xii, 1-40, 21-24 (ads), 41-176, 25-40 (ads), with four folding maps (Oahu; Hawaii; Maui, Molokai and Lanai; Kauai) and 18 illustrations from photographs and engravings. Complete but for the original wrappers, which were replaced (circa1920) with plain brown wrappers. . Whitney (1824-1904) was the first postmaster of Hawaii as well as an early journalist, publisher, and promoter or the islands. His "Hawaiian Guide Book for Travelers" (1875) was the first formal guide book for Hawaii. This Tourists' Guide is a longer and more elaborate work, with more maps and illustrations. It offers demographic and other statistical information and details about climate (and related health benefits), commerce, flora and fauna, volcanoes, major buildings and institutions, steamer travel, the railroad under construction by the Oahu Railway and Land Company, accommodations, sights and attractions, and suggested tour routes. Approximately 65 different advertisers offer lodging, groceries, dry goods, wine and spirits, horses, clothing, hardware, books, rifles, and most anything else a traveler might need. Small chip to head of spine, previous owner's name to top of front cover and to verso of front cover, repair to verso of one map; small closed tear to bottom edge of front and rear covers, else interior is sound for an overall very good copy.
Inventory Number: 43328