1893 PAPERS RELATED to the ANNEXATION of the HAWAIIAN ISLANDS to the UNITED STATES First Edition IMPORTANT ASSOCIATION COPY SIGNED
PAPERS RELATED TO THE ANNEXATION OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS TO THE UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON: Government Printing Office, 1893. First edition.
Important Association Copy:
Copy of HENRY N. CASTLE, with his SIGNATURE on the title-page. Henry N. Castle was an important figure in the overthrow of Queen Lilinokalani and the formation of the New Republic of Hawaii. He was owner of The Honolulu Advertiser, the oldest and most influential paper in Hawaii. HIS BROTHER WILLIAM R. CASTLE was a WRITER and SIGNER of the 1893 DRAFT ANNEXATION TREATY. He is referenced in a number of places in this book
In 1895 while returning to Hawaii to support the Islands' revolutionaries he and his four year-old daughter were on the ship Elbe which crashed and sank. They both drowned. His wife and infant daughter, Elinor, were not on the ship.
Subsequent to the death of Henry N. Castle, his wife, MABEL WING CASTLE, SIGNED and INSCRIBED this book to his daughter, ELINOR CASTLE NEF. The book is inscribed on the front free-endpaper: "To Elinor Castle Nef / Henry Castle's daughter / M.W.C. [Mabel Wing Castle]".
Subsequent to that the book was donated to the University of Chicago by Elinor Castle Nef and her husband John U. Nef. There is a University of Chicago bookplate on the front pastedown with the following printed information: "FROM the LIBRARY of / ELINOR CASTLE NEF / and / JOHN U. NEF".
Also, on the verso of the title page, is the printed statement: "Gift of / John U. Nef".
Hardcover book, leather spine and corners with marbled paper covered boards, 6x9 inches, 69 and 192 pages. There is a bookbinder's label at the bottom the front pastedown: " Haw'n Gazette Co. / Publishers, Printers and Binders / Honolulu, H.I."
Contains two important Senate reports from the 52nd Congress, 2nd Session, relating to the Annexation of Hawaii.
The first report is subtitled: "A treaty of annexation concluded on the 14th day of February 1893, between the United States and the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands". Dated February 15, 1893. 69 pages.
The report begins: "To the Senate / I transmit, herewith, with a view to its ratification, a treaty of annexation concluded on the 14th day of February, 1893, between Hon. John W. Foster, Secretary of State...and Lorrin A. Thurston, W. R. CASTLE, W. C. Wilder, C. L. Carter, and Joseph Marsden, the commissioners on part of the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Islands." The introductory remarks are followed by the FULL DRAFT ANNEXATION TREATY.
The second report is subtitled: "Correspondence respecting relations between the United States and the Hawaiian Islands from September, 1820 to January, 1893". Dated February 17, 1893. 192 pages.
Condition: The covers are well-worn, the front and rear boards are disbound (i.e. laid on loosely), worn through at the corners and edges, scraped, and the leather is chipping and peeling at places; the spine covering is chipped at the ends, scraped, and has a horizontal split; nonetheless the covers and spine covering are present and bright, and certainly worthy of rebacking / repair. EX-LIBRARY, deaccessioned from the University of Chicago Library (which holds the archives of Henry N. Castle), with a library bookplate on the front pastedown (as noted above) and a library stamp on the verso of the title page, both over-stamped WITHDRAWN; the front free endpaper (with the presentation inscription from Mrs. Castle to Elinor Castle Nef) is split for 3 inches at its gutter edge and is very tender but holding; the second report has margin marks and a bit of underlining here and there throughout noting passages, perhaps made by Henry N. Castle; the pages are lightly age toned, there is some edge wear here and there, overall the inner pages remain bright, clean, clear and fully legible. A complete copy deserving of rebinding.
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