[Item #6216] Art Objects of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Mary Ellen Gilliland, Laurance S. Rockefeller.
Art Objects of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Art Objects of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Art Objects of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Art Objects of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Art Objects of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Honolulu, HI: Communications-Pacific, Inc., 1972. First Edition. Hardcover. "From the beginning, we planned and developed Mauna Kea Beach Hotel as a resort affording the visitor an experience in beauty as well as recreation. To compliment the spectacular natural beauty of Mauna Kea's Island of Hawaii beachside site, we sought out simplicity, spare elegance of form in architectural design. We wanted the hotel structure to enhance a flawless setting. We planned an open design to draw in and embrace the lush plantings, the soft air, the warm sunlight of Hawaii. We have attempted to make Mauna Kea appropriate to its surroundings. Hawaii's orientation to the Pacific and its many peoples provided another inherent quality to imprint upon the evolving personality of Mauna Kea. An exhaustive and informed search yielded a collection of art objects to form a nucleus for the hotel's interior design. These pieces reflect the hotel's Pacific character, drawing upon primitive art, the Oceanic and Oriental folk arts and the enduring art of the ancient peoples of the Pacific Rim." (from Introduction by Laurance S. Rockefeller, pg. 4) A survey-catalog of a selection from the 1000+ art objects collected at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel resort at Kauna'oa Bay on the "Big Island" of Hawaii, originally developed as a "Rockresort" by the storied Rockefeller family. With an Introduction (quoted above) by Laurance S(pelman) Rockefeller (1910-2004), a grandson of the legendary John D. Rockefeller Sr. who was among the leading American conservationists; & text by Mary Ellen Gilliland, an acclaimed & prolific American author & journalist. With many lush color photographs of the myriad art objects carefully amassed at the famous resort, still thriving although long-sold by its original Rockefeller developers. Hardcover in wonderfully decorated cloth covers in illustrated dust jacket, a beautiful smaller production printed in Japan. Presumed first edition/ first printing though neither explicated as such at sparse copyright page. From the collection of Barbara (1935-2023) & Irving (1933-2018) Nusbaum, world travellers, connoisseurs, eminent collectors of art & books- the dearly beloved parents of this grieving writer. I fondly recall the family trip to Hawaii, Japan, thailand et al. of 1978, during which we stayed at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Resort & this volume was acquired. A rare & exquisite art-historical/travel collectible, with distinguished provenance. Book in very fine condition, substantially all-but-mint inside & out. Dust jacket relatively very fine with only a touch of rubbing, faint scratching to front, back covers, spine & flaps; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps,creases at edges & corners of same esp. at/from upper spine-nearest front cover edges & corners incl. several tiny closed tears with miniscule loss of paper, surface paper. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #6216]

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