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Hawaiian Imprint Collection

Hawaiian publications, nineteenth century.

Among the volumes originally assigned to the Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room when it was established in 1927 was a group of Hawaiian publications selected from the Library's general collections. The 353 books and pamphlets forming the Hawaiian Imprint Collection consist largely of nineteenth-century government documents, school books, and religious texts and include some of the earliest works printed in Oahu. From the missionary press of Elisha Loomis, the Islands' first printer, are copies of a 16 page anthology of word lists and readings in the Hawaiian language produced in September 1822 and a four-page primer captioned KA BE-A-BA (1824). Roger J. Trienens describes the two texts in Pioneer Imprints from Fifty States.

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