A View of the Art of Colonization, With Present Reference to the British Empire. Edward Gibbon WAKEFIELD.
A View of the Art of Colonization, With Present Reference to the British Empire.
A View of the Art of Colonization, With Present Reference to the British Empire.

A View of the Art of Colonization, With Present Reference to the British Empire.

London: John W. Parker, 1849.

Octavo, uncut and partially unopened, recent boards with buckram backstrip.

Uncut and partially unopened proof copy

Proof copy of Wakefield's major work elaborating the theory of systematic colonization. Both the title page, and drop-title of the text are inscribed 'Proofsheets Confidential' in a cursive hand.

Proof copy of Wakefield's major work elaborating the theory of systematic colonization. Both the title page, and drop-title of the text are inscribed 'Proofsheets Confidential' in a cursive hand.

The book utilises the device of letters between a "statesman" and a "colonist". Wakefield proposes among other things the creation of a colony in New Zealand to be administered by the Church of England, thus disarming missionary opposition. In fact, the first emigrant ships left for the Canterbury settlement in 1850, and Wakefield himself left for New Zealand in 1853, eventually settling in Wellington. Bagnall notes that 'today, it is chiefly of interest as much for the autobiographical passages as for the oft-repeated theoretical concepts' (5818).

From the collection of Dr. Robert Edwards, AO.

Ferguson, 5235.

Price (AUD): $1,600.00

US$1,199.74   Other currencies

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