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IDYLS OF HAWAII, photographs and contents copyrighted by Alfred Richard Gurrey, Jr., Honolulu, T. H., circa 1910-15. Softcover, 12 leaves of taupe card stock paper with 11 mounted gelatin-silver photographs of scenic images of Hawaii with English text poems, stab-sewn into taupe card stock paper wrappers with printed light grey title lettering to front cover. 10" H x 7 3/4" W x 1/4" D. Note: this exceptionally rare book was self-published by Gurrey around the same time as his better-known, but only slightly less scarce book, "Surf Riders of Hawaii" (a copy of which is also being sold in this auction, lot #700). This book, by one of Hawaii's most important photographers, contains 2 photos of an outrigger – possibly the Gurrey family canoe "Kamaaina" that was donated to the Outrigger Canoe Club as noted in The Hawaiian Star Newspaper, Dec. 8,1908. The original negatives for the photographs in Gurrey's books were likely destroyed in a flood or fire, both of which affected his home in the 1920s. This is the first time, to our knowledge, that any copy of IDYLS OF HAWAII has ever been offered at auction.
PROVENANCE: Acquired from the estate of Carol Illner of Ohio, who acquired it in a collection of books from a direct descendant of Arthur Douglas Baldwin, son of Maui entrepreneur Henry Perrine Baldwin (see lots 700-704 from this collection, also in this auction).
CONDITION: Covers with light toning, creases to spine and corners, general handling wear. Left and right edges of covers and pages with slight upward bend. Pages with light toning, few minute scattered foxing spots to some pages, lower right, does not affect photographs. All photographs are present. Cord to spine is intact.