Title: Moolelo o Molokai: A Ranch Story of Molokai
Publisher: George Paul Cooke, Honolulu, Hawaii
Publication Date: 1949
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition.
An extremely rare book of Hawaiiana written and (expensively) self-published by Cooke (1881-1960), a long-time manager of Molokai Ranch, a working ranch that still today owns about 40 percent of the island. Cooke describes the development of the ranch from its founding in 1897 through the first half of the twentieth century, as well as offering observations on Hawaiian life and lore. The book is signed, inscribed, and dated in blue ink on the dedication page by Sophie Judd Cooke, the author's wife: "To the C-- and C-- S-- with aloha from Sophie Judd Cooke / Honolulu / Sept. 20, 1961." The text on the dedication page reads, "To my wife, Sophie, who shared the ranch experience with me." George and Sophie Cooke were prominent Hawaiians, founders of the Hanahauoli School in 1917; George's mother, Anna Rice Cooke, founded the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 1927, now among the elite museums of the state. Opposite the title page is a tissue-protected color print from an original oil painting, "Central Molokai and Maui from Above Mahana," by Sophie J. Cooke. Title page states, "Printed in Hawaii, U.S.A. by Honolulu Star-Bulletin 1949." Copyright page states only, "Copyrighted 1949 by George Paul Cooke." Book is printed on glossy stock and includes numerous black-and-white photos. The inside boards and front/rear endpapers show a map of Molokai, in red ink on green paper. No dust jacket, probably as issued. Light foxing to endpapers, page edges. Mylar-protected. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000432
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