London, South Kensington
22 September 2004
POLACK, Joel Samuel (1807-1882). New Zealand: being a narrative of travels and adventures during a residence in that country between the years 1831 and 1837, London: James Moyes for Richard Bentley, 1838. 2 volumes, 8° (222 x 140mm). Folding engraved map, 6 engraved plates. (Without half titles, overall brown toning to text.) Later 19th-century olive half morocco gilt, top edges gilt (some scuffing). FIRST EDITION. Hocken pp.68-69: "Full of research and observation".
COLENSO, William. A Maori-English Lexicon, Wellington: John Mackay, 1898. Parts I-II in one [?all published], 8° (235 x 153mm). Half titles, 4pp. autograph letter from the author to "Mr Enys" tipped in concerning the present work and mentioning that he had drunk tea with Darwin and Fitzroy in 1835. Original cloth, lettered in gilt on the upper cover. Provenance: John Davies Enys (armorial bookplate); author's compliment slip inserted. A FINE COPY OF THE RARE FIRST EDITION. Hocken p.441: "This specimen was the sole one issued...".
With 3 other books on New Zealand, A. Earle's A Narrative of a Nine Month's Residence in New Zealand in 1827 (London, 1832), Fretwell Hoyle's Fragments of a Journal saved from a Shipwreck. By an old Kensingtonian (London, 1868, PRESENTATION COPY) and Robert Stout's Notes on the Progress of New Zealand for Twenty Years, 1864-1884 (Wellington, 1886). (6)
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