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, original brown cloth with paper label on spine, bookplate of Charles R. J. Glover.

First edition of Wakefield's major work on "systematic colonization", which uses 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. "Today, it is chiefly of interest as much for the autobiographical passages as for the oft-repeated theoretical concepts" (Bagnall, 5818).

First edition of Wakefield's major work on "systematic colonization", which uses 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. "Today, it is chiefly of interest as much for the autobiographical passages as for the oft-repeated theoretical concepts" (Bagnall, 5818).

Ferguson, 5235.

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