Edward Jerningham WAKEFIELD (1820-1879). Illustrations to "Adventures in New Zealand", by Edward Jerningham Wakefield. Lithographed from original drawings taken on the spot. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1845. 2° (56 x 37.5cm.) 1p. letterpress 'Description of the Plates', otherwise lithographed throughout. Title with hand-coloured vignette, 20 hand-coloured lithographic views and portraits, all on thin card, comprising 3 folding panoramas printed on three joined sheets, 2 folding panoramas on two joined sheets, 10 plates printed two to a sheet, 5 printed on single sheets, by Day & Haghe after Heaphy, William Mein Smith, Samuel Charles Brees, Martha King, Mrs. Wicksteed, John Saxton and 6 unsigned. ('View of Port Nicholson' browned, panorama of 'The Level Country at the South End' with inner blank margin creased and torn with slight loss.) Contemporary moiré-cloth covers, later morocco spine lettered in gilt (scuffed, bumped). Provenance: Mary Molesworth (inscription dated 14 May 1845). FIRST EDITION, DE LUXE HAND-COLOURED ISSUE. Ellis Early Prints of New Zealand 342-361; Hocken p.121.
Edward Jerningham WAKEFIELD (1820-1879). Adventure in New Zealand, from 1839 to 1844; with some account of the beginning of the British colonization of the islands. London: William Clowes & Sons for John Murray, 1845. 2 volumes, 8° (22.3 x 14.2cm.) Small format slip advertising the Ilustrations.. bound at front of vol.I, 16pp. publisher's advertisments, dated April 1845, folding lithographic map by J. Arrowsmith after Wakefield inserted in pocket at back of vol.I. (Small tears to folds of map.) Original green cloth, blocked in blind, spines lettered in gilt, by Remnant & Edmonds (spines slightly faded, small tears or bumps to extremities, splits to inner hinges). FIRST EDITION. Hocken p.124.
THE FIRST WORK IS ONE OF THE FINEST GRAPHIC RECORDS OF EARLY NEW ZEALAND, here found in its most desirable form: one of a 'few Copies beautifully coloured after the original Drawings, Price 4l. 14s. 6d.' (the more ordinary copies, containing tinted plates, cost 3 guineas). It includes work after some of the finest landscape artists working in New Zealand at the time: Samuel Charles Brees (1810-1865), William Mein Smith (1798-1869) and best known of all: Charles Heaphy, who "represented well the required versatility of the colonial artist. He was a surveyor, explorer, author, farmer, was involved in the administration of a gold field, in Native reserves and Lands, was a member of Parliament, and as a colonial soldier he was the first non-British regular to win the Victoria Cross' (Brown Visions of New Zealand see frontispiece caption). The work ends with five fine botanical plates (printed on three leaves) after Martha King (c.1803-1897) who settled in New Plymouth, farmed, raised a family and still found time to build a reputation as one of the finest botanical artists working in New Zealand. Abbey Travel II, 588. (3)