Flower Garden with a Hawaiian Connection
Munson, Laura Gordon. Flowers from My Garden. Sketched and Painted from Nature with an Introductory Poem by Mrs. L. H. Sigourney. New York: Anson D.F. Randolph, 1864.
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Blooming with 17 hand-colored illustrations of individual specimens of flowers, interleaved between the plates is poetry about flowers by various poets such as Mrs. Hale, Felicia Hemans, Longfellow, etc. This copy has the bookplate of Jay M. Kuhns on front paste-down and is inscribed "Aug. 24th, 1865, Kaalaa, Nuuanu Valley." Ka'ala is the highest peak on the island of Oahu and Kuhns (1884-1964) was a physician, plantation owner, and teacher of bacteriology at the College of Hawaii in the early 20th century.