Armine von Tempski (1892-1943)

Armine von Tempski was born on the island paradise of Maui in Hawaii. She wrote two autobiographies, three children's novels and a number of adult novels, all based on her early life amongst the ranches and cowboys of her island home. Her books are amongst the best loved stories about Hawaii. Inevitably, some of the books feature horses and these are highlighted below.

More about the author's life can be found in the various links or can be read in her two autobiographies.

Horse & Pony Books:

PAM'S PARADISE RANCH
FIRST EDITION DODD, MEAD & CO  [USA] 1940
ILLUSTRATED BY PAUL BROWN
Reprinted a number of times in hardback throughout the 1940s.
Reprinted in paperback by Ox Bow Press in 1992.
EDITIONS PICTURED: Ox Bow Press paperback.
SUMMARY: The story of Pam's life on a ranch in Hawaii.


BRIGHT SPURS
FIRST EDITION DODD, MEAD & CO  [USA] 1946
ILLUSTRATED BY PAUL BROWN
Reprinted in hardback.
Reprinted in paperback by Ox Bow Press.
EDITION PICTURED: First edition, Ox Bow Press paperback.
SUMMARY: This is a fictionalised account based on the younger life of the author. (The real story can be read in her autobiography
Aloha.) After the death of their father, two girls turn their Hawaiian estate into a dude ranch for tourists.

Collector's Info:
These are quite rare in the UK in any edition. The Ox Bow Press paperback reprints can be found reasonable easily on the internet in the USA, however the original hardbacks are harder to find and may be quite expensive (possibly made more so by the highly collectable status of the illustrator Paul Brown).

Books About the Author:

BORN IN PARADISE
FIRST EDITION DUELL, SLOAN & PEARCE [USA] 1940
FIRST UK EDITION ROBERT HALE 1945
Reprinted in hardback by the Literary Guild of America & Blue Ribbon Books.
Reprinted in paperback by Ox Bow Press.
First published in the UK in hardback by Robert Hale in 1945.
Reprinted in the UK in hardback by the Travel Book Club in 1947.
EDITION PICTURED: Unknown edition, Ox Bow Press paperback.
SUMMARY: First part of the author's autobiography.

ALOHA
FIRST EDITION DUELL, SLOAN & PEARCE [USA] 1946
FIRST UK EDITION LONDON MUSEUM PRESS 1950
Reprinted a couple of times in hardback
Reprinted in paperback by Ox Bow Press in 1988
Published in the UK in 1950 by London Museum Press
EDITION PICTURED: First edition, UK edition, Ox Bow Press paperback.
SUMMARY: Second part of the author's autobiography.

Collector's Info:
Of the two autobiographies, the first is easy to find in the both the UK and the USA, the second easy in America, but a little harder here.