New York: George P. Putnam, 1849. First edition. With a lithographic frontispiece and title-page. Spine extremities lightly rubbed, old rubberstamp on back pastedown, bookplate neatly removed from front pastedown, with resulting offsetting. Still, a very good, bright copy. Original green cloth, decoratively stamped in gilt and blind. Twelvemo. xii, 514 pp. Item #11929
Mayo (1811-1895) was the son of a Nantucket boat builder. After making a tour of Spain and the Barbary States, he set up a practice in medicine in Ogdensburg, New York. This, his first novel, was based upon his own travels. It was immensely popular, going through nine editions between 1849 and 1900. It was often compared to Melville’s Typee, though Mayo asserted in a preface to the fourth edition that Kaloolah was written before Typee was published.
Wright I, 1852. Bleiler, p. 137.