James Jackson Jarves, an American author, born in Boston, Mass., Aug. 20, 1818. On account of ill health he went to the Hawaiian islands in 1838, was for some years United States consul at Honolulu, where he published the first newspaper ever printed there, called "The Polynesian," and travelled extensively in California, Mexico, and Central America. During a visit to the United States he published a "History of the Hawaiian or Sandwich Islands" (8vo, Boston, 1843), "Scenes and Scenery of the Sandwich Islands" (12mo, 1844), and "Scenes and Scenery in California" (1844). He finally left the Hawaiian islands in 1848, and has for many years resided in Europe, chiefly in Florence, where he was engaged in making the large collection of pictures which was exhibited in this country under his name, and which now forms part of the art gallery of Yale college. Besides the works above mentioned, he has published "Parisian Sights and French Principles" (12mo, New York, 1855; second series, 1856); "Art Hints" (London and New York, 1855); "Italian Sights and Papal Principles" (1856); "Kiana, a Tradition of Hawaii" (1857); "The Art Idea: Sculpture, Painting, and Architecture in America " (1865); " Confessions of an Inquirer" (three parts, 1857-'69); and " Art Thoughts " (1869).