ANGAS, George French. The New Zealanders Illustrated. London: Thomas McLean, 1847.
2o (542 x 366 mm). Hand-colored additional title page dated 1846, lithographed dedication to Prince Albert, 2pp. list of subscribers, 60 hand-colored tinted lithographed plates by Angas, W. Hawkins, Louisa Hawkins and J.W. Giles after Angas, accompanying text leaf (spotting and foxing to about one dozen plates, last five plates with minor marginal dampstaining). Contemporary red morocco, decorated in gilt and black, spine in six compartments, gilt-lettered in the second and third, edges gilt (extremities and joints rubbed).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS "EXTREMELY FINE AND IMPORTANT SURVEY OF THE MAORI PEOPLE," originally issued in 10 parts in 1846-47. Angas, son of George Fife Angas, one of the principal founders of South Australia, outlines the purpose of his work in the preface: "Up to the present time, the New Zealander... has never been carefully and faithfully portrayed; and his habits, costumes, and works of art, though so rapidly disappearing before the progress of Christianity and Civilization, are yet unrecorded by the pencil of the artist... To accomplish this task, I visited both Islands of New Zealand, and spent a considerable period in travelling round their coasts, and penetrating through the interior--by seeking out nearly every tribe of natives, and living amongst them for some time, in the remote and almost unknown parts of the country, I have succeeded in obtaining portraits of the most important Chiefs, with their families, and have made drawings, on the spot, of all objects of interest connected with their history." During the three months he spent in New Zealand in 1844, Angas travelled several hundred miles on foot and amassed a large collection of sketches and paintings which he exhibited on his return in 1846 in the Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly as the "New Zealand and Australian Gallery." Abbey Traveli 589; Colas 132; Ellis, Early Prints of New Zealand, pp.113-120; Hocken p.129-31 ("RARE"); Tooley 61.