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The Hawaiian Portion of the Polynesian Collections in the Peabody Museum of Salem
Reference #: 1755
Status: For Sale
List Price: $100.00
56 pp., 381 items, illustrated; royal octavo (25 cm.) in light card covers. Published by the Peabody Museum in 1920, and printed by Thos. P. Nichols & Son Co., Lynn, Mass.
Prepared for an exhibit in 1920 and featuring both holdings of the Museum and items lent to them from private collections, this exhibit showcased a number of treasures of art and artifact from the Hawaiian Islands, this despite the fact of its situs on the east coast!
Illustrations number 14 plates plus a Frontispiece, but Plate IX, for example, has two photographs showing 11 artifacts, cross-referenced by number to their description in the text of the catalogue. The items are listed according to theme including, in part, Idols, Feather Work, Ornaments for Personal Adornment, baskets, Kapa (paper), Weapons, Tools and Historical Relics. Art work includes ‘Natives Making Offerings to Captain Cook” (shown). A desirable work for the collector, historian or ethnologist, especially as most of the recent reprints we’ve seen – let alone the POD copies – have images that are either blurred or missing. Uncommon thus.
Condition: age toning at the edges; some surface spattering on the back cover; Else Near Fine: an unmarked copy in tight binding.
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