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Mount Kea or Roa, 16th June 1849


16 June 1849



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"The sky being perfectly cloudless, I had a fine view of Mouna Kea and Mouna Roa, or Loa, both capped with snow. These two mountains may be said almost to form the island of Hawaii. Kiruea is a crater on the flanks of Mouna Roa. It is always in action and generally full of boiling lava. Mouna Roa is often in eruption, and since my visit has again belched forth fire and cinders, but Mouna Kea is called extinct".
This is a page from a unique leather-bound volume of Robert Elwes’ travelogue 'A Sketcher's Tour Round the World', first published 1854, (see page 203 for corresponding passage).
The book contains the printed text of the manuscript but remarkably, the monochrome wash illustrations are hand painted by Elwes. The book bears a handwritten inscription ‘Mary F Elwes from her affect. husband Robert Elwes Jan 25 1878’, dated after Robert Elwes became ill at Congham, his Norfolk home. On 28th January 1878 , their youngest daughter Violet noted in her diary: “Papa much worse”. Less than three months later, Robert Elwes died on 17th April aged 58.

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Mount Kea, Hawaii, USA