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Auckland: The Melanesian Press, 1861.
The Taranaki QuestionSlim octavo, title-page, two tipped leaves, 48pp. text, fine in polished green half calf, spine gilt. Sir William Martin was a former Chief Justice of New Zealand. This is the earlier issue, with the two tipped prefatory leaves and letter in Maori...
London: W.H. Dalton, 1861.
The Taranaki QuestionOctavo, 32 pp., fine in green half calf, spine gilt. This is the London reprint of Remarks on "Notes published for the New Zealand Government"…published in Auckland at the Melanesian Press in 1861. Both this volume and the Auckland edition have been beautifully...
London: J. Johnson, 1778.
Early discoveries in the South SeasOctavo, with two folding plates and two folding maps; old quarter pebblegrain cloth and marbled boards. First edition of this early compendium of information about Australia, New Zealand and the South Seas. The accounts of Cook's first two voyages are...
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1842.
Pioneers at New PlymouthOctavo, 58 pp., engraved frontispiece, single leaf of publisher's advertisements relating to New Zealand at rear; a superb copy in original publisher's titling wrappers, in a brown quarter calf box by Sangorski, gilt. This collection of letters from settlers and...
London: House of Commons, 3 August, 1840. Folio, 207 pp.; in the original blue printed wrappers. An important report in good original condition: "valuable and historical" (Hocken).Regarding this now rather scarce report, Hocken wrote: "Prompted and promoted by the New Zealand Company, an influential meeting of merchants, bankers, shipowners, and...
London: Stewart and Murray, 1848.
Land law in colonial New ZealandOctavo, 76pp. (last blank), an excellent copy in handsome half crimson morocco by Sangorski. 'Largely publication of letters between the Company and its officers and Earl Grey, with extracts from newspaper reports dealing with problems in Nelson' (NZNB).
London: Dickinson Brothers, circa 1852.
The rare coloured issue, with original wrappersLarge folio, 4 pp. (title and text) and nine images on eight coloured lithograph plates; original printed wrapper with red cloth backstrip, preserved in a solander case. One of the finest Pacific illustrated books of the nineteenth century...
Paris: Panckoucke, Agasse, 1789-1825.
Australian insects collected by Banks and LabillardièreNine quarto volumes, comprising seven text volumes and two of plates, 397 numbered plates and one bis; bindings a bit scuffed and a few joints starting, lower spine end of two volumes snagged, a good set overall in contemporary.....
London: HMSO, 1842-1846. Foolscap folio, half red morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Ten Parliamentary Bills relating to the sale of Crown Land in the Colonies:Full list of contents, in binding order:A Bill for regulating the survey and sales of land belonging to the Crown in the Australian.....
London: HMSO, 1842.
New Zealand under the law of New South WalesFoolscap folio, 60pp.; in handsome half speckled calf with gilt lettering by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Significant parliamentary papers bringing New Zealand under the the law of New South Wales:'An Ordinance to declare that the Laws of New South...
London: HMSO, 14 March 1845, 1846.
Maori skirmishes in the Bay of IslandsFoolscap folio, pp. 1-12; in handsome half brown crushed morocco with gilt lettering by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Prints correspondence of Governor Sir George Gipps to Lord Stanley regarding a vessel sent by Captain FitzRoy with an armed...
London: HMSO, 1843.
The cost of ColonizationFoolscap folio, [ii], 60 pp., bound in attractive half polished blue calf with marbled boards and gilt lettering, by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Detailed reports disclosing the total expenditure of the Crown during the colonisation of New Zealand, of some historical interest to the...
Auckland: Government printer 1861, 1865.
Sir George Grey and the New Zealand WarsFoolscap folio, some tables and a coloured folding map, occasional foxing and browning, occasional contemporary notes and marginalia in ink; bound in later quarter polished calf with labels. An engaging collection of 17 official reports and papers...
London: W. Peacock and Sons, 1802-, 1804.
Delightful small reference libraryThree volumes altogether, duodecimo, engraved folding maps highlighted in watercolour; uniformly bound in contemporary dark blue straight-grained morocco, all edges gilt; in original matching bookform box, gilt tooled spine. Fine example of a gentleman's reference library in miniature, contained...
London: Hutchinson & Co., 1892.
Inland explorer, and governor of New ZealandTwo volumes, octavo, each with engraved portrait frontispiece; an appealing set in original cloth. Standard biography of Grey, explorer and pre-eminent colonial administrator of South Australia, Cape Colony, and New Zealand. This set is a presentation copy from...
New Zealand: H. Brett of Lake Takapuna, 1892.
Inscribed by Sir George GreyOctavo, black & white illustrations including portrait frontispiece; original blue cloth; inscribed by George Grey to Sir Davenport on separate slip of paper tipped-in. Inscribed by Sir George Grey 'To Sir R. Davenport, K.C.M.G. with the best.....
Paris: J. Langlume et Peltier, 1835. Octavo, with 20 handcoloured plates (including frontispiece), original patterned green papered boards. A charming French account of the peoples of the world written for younger readers and featuring twenty vibrant hand-coloured plates including a Tahitian scene and a depiction of a war canoe from...
London: J. Murray, 1807.
The first separately published book on New ZealandOctavo, with a frontispiece and two plates; ex-parliamentary library with a blind stamp to the dedication leaf, a very good uncut copy in half calf with black label. The first book on New Zealand: very scarce in any...
London: Henry Butterworth, 1846. Slim octavo, title lightly spotted, else fine in recent marbled boards. Henry Sewell (1807-1879), an English solicitor, became secretary and eventually deputy chairman of the Canterbury Association. Travelling to New Zealand in 1853, he entered local politics and became the nation's first premier in May 1856.
Liepzig & Vienna: Bibliograpifches Institut, 1895.
Australian colour platesQuarto, eight chromolithographic plates, several maps; original publisher's half roan with gilt spine ornament. Detailed scientific description of Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand and the Pacific, reprinting many of the famous illustrations from published voyage accounts. The chromolithographs include Hawaiian lava...