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1 "Buckshee" a Pictorial Record of the Work of the New Zealand Y. M. C. A. on Active Service
London 1919 First Edition Original Wraps Very Good with no dust jacket 
No date (preface dated London 1919) . 116 pages. Dimensions: 4 5/8 by 7 3/8 inches. No signatures. Bagnall B1657. 
Price: 47.25 NZD
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A Pickle & Chutney Cookbook: 'Supporting People with a Disability'
2 A Pickle & Chutney Cookbook: 'Supporting People with a Disability'
[New Zealand] [c1980?] First Edition Softcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
No signatures.; No date [c. 1980?] 14 pages. Orange illustrated wrappers. New Zealand cookbook with recipes for pickles and chutneys. ; 8vo 
Price: 24.30 NZD
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Achilles
3 Achilles
Christchurch Whitcombe and Tombs [1946] First Edition Softcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Pencil owner's signatrue of "[H E?] Fowler A. B. N.Z. 2751 H.M.N.Z.S. Achilles. Nelson June 1946". Ex libris Frank G. Glen, rubber stamps of "Glen Historic Collection". Tears and chips to margins of paper jacket. ; 64 pages. Card boards with paper jacket attached at spine. Page dimensions: 240 x 173mm. Military history, World War Two. New Zealand naval vessel Achilles. A record of the involvement of the ship and her crew in World War Two. "What follows, then, is in the main the story of our commission told in an unsophisticated manner by the ship's officers and men." 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Addition To The Constitution And Laws Of Antient, Free And Accepted Masons Of New Zealand To Be Read And Construed With The 1913 Edition
4 Addition To The Constitution And Laws Of Antient, Free And Accepted Masons Of New Zealand To Be Read And Construed With The 1913 Edition
Dunedin J. Wilkie & Co 1915 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Moderate rubbing and bumping to ends of spine. Moderate spotting to page edges and preliminary leaves. ; [iv], 159 apges. Blue cloth boards with gilt emblem. Page Dimensions: 152mm x 100mm. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall 
Price: 81.00 NZD
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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula 1840-1940 Story of French Colonising Venture and Early Whaling Activities; The First Settlement of Canterbury
5 Akaroa and Banks Peninsula 1840-1940 Story of French Colonising Venture and Early Whaling Activities; The First Settlement of Canterbury
Akaroa Akaroa Mail Co. (1940) First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Spine faded. Tiny 1/8" surface chip to leather at head of spine. Light rubbing to boards.; [iv], 396 pages + frontis + plates. Presentation binding of full blue calf. Marbled page edges and endpapers. Page dimensions: 215 x 136mm. Presentation inscription to W. S. Wanchop, signed by the Chairman and the Secretary of the Akaroa Centennial Committee, dated 1940. Contents: Maori History; Captain George Hempleman; French Colonisation at Akaroa; Hoisting Union Jack at Akaroa; Land Claims and Crown Grants; Whaling - The First Important Industry; Arrival of the "Monarch"; Cultivating the Land; Pigeon Bay Settlement; Akaroa from 1843-1852; Prominent Personalities of Last Century; The Sawmilling Industry; Development of Little River District; Sawmilling at Pigeon Bay; The Settlement of the Bays; History of Church Work; The Peninsula's Local Administration; Akaroa Resident Magistrates; Bank and Post Office; Passenger and Mail Services; Education and First Schools; Freemasonry at Akaroa; Oddfellowship from 1860; Banks Peninsula War Memorial; Some Notable Happenings; Maori People of Banks Peninsula; Some Akaroa Families; Author of "Tales of Banks Peninsula"; Agricultural Survey; Parliamentary Representation; Geological Story of Banks Peninsula. "To the late H. C. Jacobson, and those many pioneers of the early days for whom he was the scribe, the compilation of this very complete history is mainly due. He began his work of compiling the history of the District as early as 1881 when some of the original pioneers were able to tell their own stories." - from the introduction.; 8vo 
Price: 405.00 NZD
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Among the Maoris: Scenes and Sights in Days Gone By in New Zealand
6 Among the Maoris: Scenes and Sights in Days Gone By in New Zealand
Kilmarnock, Scotland John Ritchie [c1890s] First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Moderate rubbing and dust stains to cloth boards and spine. Small area of cloth rubbed away on front joint. ; No date [c1890s]. Scarce. We have not been able to find this in Bagnall. [34] pages + [4] pages advertisements. Illustrated cloth boards. Page dimensions: 179 x 120mm. Illustrated with small in-text wood engravings, including Maori War Canoe, A Maori War-Dance, A Tattooed Chief, A Maori Young Woman, A Maori Whare. Illustrated title page vignette and headpieces. A brief introduction to Maori culture, and the benefits of the Gospel spreading to them. "Such were the beliefs of the ignorant Maoris and such, alas! are the beliefs of thousands and tens of thousands in heathendom still." ; 12mo 
Price: 108.00 NZD
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Australian Handbook 1883
7 Australian Handbook 1883
London Gordon and Gotch 1883 First Edition Hardcover Poor with no dust jacket 
Lack preliminary leaves. Pages 1-7 missing. Leather rubbed and worn. Boards faded. Rear gutter split. Some spotting throughout. ; 648 pages. (Lack preliminary leaves, pages 1-7 missing, and also lacking the maps). Half-leather binding. Page dimensions: 205mm x 135mm. Includes descriptions of towns in Australia and New Zealand plus a description of the Fiji Islands and New Guinea. ; 8vo 
Price: 195.75 NZD
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Caltex Road Map South Island (Te Wai Pounamu) New Zealand
8 Caltex Road Map South Island (Te Wai Pounamu) New Zealand
[New Zealand] Caltex [c1954] Map Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
No date. Inscription "Director 14-12-54". Folding paper map. Unfolded dimensions: 847 x 543mm. Folded dimensions: 220 x 94mm. With street plans of 8 towns and cities on reverse side (Christchurch, Dunedin, Nelson, Blenheim, Greymouth, Timaru, Invercargill, Oamaru. 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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Canterbury Old and New 1850-1900: A Souvenir of the Jubilee
9 Canterbury Old and New 1850-1900: A Souvenir of the Jubilee
Christchurch Whitcombe & Tombs [1900] First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Stains to front board. Previous owners' signatures. Pencil marginalia on title page.; 215 pages. Frontispiece (within the pagination.) Green cloth boards with black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 179 x 121mm. Illustrated. "Anyone who considers what Canterbury is to-day and what she was fifty years ago must be filled with admiration for those early settlers we well name the 'pioneers. '" - from the preface. Contents: Preface; Introduction; The Story of the 'Pilgrim Fathers' of New Zealand; 'Peninsula and Plain'; The Sumner Road; Canterbury Settlement; Reminiscences of Early Days; 'Escapades of Mackenzie' & 'Meeting of Bishops Selwyn and Harper'; 'Sheep-Driving in the Early Days'; South Canterbury; The Maori - Origin, Life and Legends; Historic Outline of the Canterbury Maoris; Notes on Maori Art; Plants and Animals of Canterbury; A Glimpse into the Alps of Canterbury. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall C178.] 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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Catalogue of the Manuscript Maps, Charts, and Plans, and of the Topographical Drawings in the British Museum. [Two Volumes]
10 Catalogue of the Manuscript Maps, Charts, and Plans, and of the Topographical Drawings in the British Museum. [Two Volumes]
London Printed by Order of the Trustees 1844 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Ex-library (General Assembly Library New Zealand). Gilt library stamps on front board and at tail of spine. Library bookplates on front endpapers. Some foxing. Rubbing to lettering pieces on spines. Minor stain on rear board of Volume One.; Two volumes only. These volumes cover Ptolemy, General Maps of the World, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, & France. Volume One: viii, 481, [3] pages + slip advertising third volume. Volume Two: [iv], 483 pages. Rebound in early 20th century in library cloth boards with leather lettering pieces on spine. Page dimensions: 251 x 158mm. ; 4to 
Price: 216.00 NZD
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11 Century: Dunedin after the First Hundred Years
Dunedin Junior Chamber of Commerce 1948 First Edition Original Wraps Very Good with no dust jacket 
80 pages. Numerous illustrations in b&w and colour. Dimensions: 10 1/4" by 8 1/8". Cover title: "Century Dunedin 1848-1948". No signatrues. Minor rubbing to edges of wrappers.; 8vo 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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City Of Dunedin New Zealand Jubilee Of The Civic Government 1865 - 1915
12 City Of Dunedin New Zealand Jubilee Of The Civic Government 1865 - 1915
Dunedin Municipality Of Dunedin 1915 First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Adhesive tape repairs along paper spine. 1/2" chip missing at tail of paper spine. Series of up to 3/8" tears along edges of wrappers. ; 143 pages + plates + folding panoramas + large folding panorama of Dunedin at front + 6 page outline of commemoration service. Paper wrappers. Page dimensions: 234mm x 142mm. ; 8vo 
Price: 87.75 NZD
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Clergymen and Doctors: Curious Facts and Characteristic Sketches
13 Clergymen and Doctors: Curious Facts and Characteristic Sketches
Edinburgh William P. Nimmo [1868] First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Ex-library, Riwaka Library (a small 19th century provincial New Zealand library, Riwaka is situated 5km from Motueka, in the upper part of New Zealand's South Island.) Rebound in 19th Century half-leather library binding. Chipped paper library label on spine. Staining to lower corner of front board (sparrow droppings).; 160 pages + frontispiece + extra engraved title page. Lacking the half-title page. Half-morocco binding. Page dimensions: 156 x 99mm. Theology. Selected contents: What is an Archdeacon?; A Sanitary View of Baptism; Blunders of Bloodletters; Christian Names among the Puritans; The Dangers of Too Good Company; Drubbing in Religious Feeling; Hour-Glasses in Church; Peter the Great as Dentist; Puritan Re-Christening of Playing Cards; Swift's (Dean) Contributory Dinner; Transfusion of Blood; The Two Gates of Heaven; Unconcern in Presence of Death. ; Ex-Library; 16mo 
Price: 48.60 NZD
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Collection of 30 souvenir programmes from musicians' tours to New Zealand.
14 Collection of 30 souvenir programmes from musicians' tours to New Zealand.
1960-1982 First Edition Original Wraps Very Good with no dust jacket 
From the collection of local historian George Griffiths. Most programmes labelled with a white adhesive sticker, with the year of the tour noted. Artists include: Acker Bilk; Robert Wilson 1961; Gary Glitter 1975; Kamahl 1980; Cleo Laine 1982; Harry Secombe; Eartha Kitt; Foster & Allan; Vera Lynn; Anna Russell; Glen Campbell; The Andy Stewart; Paul McCartney. 
Price: 121.50 NZD
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15 Diary [Manuscript]
Near Waikouaiti, Otago 1874 Softcover Poor with no dust jacket 
Water damaged. Fragile. Some leaves sticking together in latter third of book. Some extracts: Thursday, 22 January: . "Killed a sheep"; Tuesday, 22 February: "Took Tommy and Darky to get shod but the blacksmith was short of coals and I only got Darky shod. Turned Law's bull out of the swamp and took three of our own beasts out of Law's. " Thursday, 26 February: "Robert, Ben & Harry commenced to clean out the dam. " Tuesday, 10 February: "Father brought out from Dunedin, 1 Chestnut horse, 1 Grey pony, 1 Chestnut filly, & 1 Cream coloured mare with foal. " Friday, 27. February: "Had a ride on the Grey mare. Killed two sheep. " Saturday, 28 February: Took Maggy along to Waikouaiti". Friday, 17 April: "Robert in the garden. Harry ploughing. Ben carting stones for the culvert at and above the dam. Killed two sheep. " Saturday, 18 April: "Robert in the garden. Harry ploughing in the orchard in the forenoon and the flat in the afternoon. Ben carting stones for the culvert and cleaning out the dam. " Monday, 20 April: "Robert in the garden. Harry ploughing. Ben cleaning out the dam in the forenoon and went to the Smithy in the afternoon and brought home a load of gravel. Killed two sheep. A ewe lambed to day in Patarua. Downes tthatching Barley stack. " Tuesday, 21 April: "Robert at the bush for young trees in the forenoon and in the garden in the afternoon. Ben at the bush with Robert in the forenoon and clearing tussock in the afternoon. Harry ploughing the orchard in the forenoon and the flat in the afternoon."; 4to 
Price: 135.00 NZD
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Discovering the Wakatipu (On Foot in the Wakatipu Basin)
16 Discovering the Wakatipu (On Foot in the Wakatipu Basin)
Dunedin New Zealand Walkway Commission / Department of Lands and Survey [c1985] First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Remnant of adhesive sticker on front cover.; No date [1980s]. 24 pages. Illustrated card covers. Page dimensions: 210 x 147mm. Illustrated. Numerous small maps. A guide to walking tracks and daywalks near Queenstown. [NB: some tracks can be dangerous due to changing weather, winter conditions etc. Check updated information and maps before venturing into the hills.] 
Price: 27.00 NZD
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Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939-45 [Two volumes]
17 Documents Relating to New Zealand's Participation in the Second World War 1939-45 [Two volumes]
Wellington War History Branch / Department of Internal Affairs 1949-1951 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Fading to green colour of leather at spines and margins of boards. Volume Two with 30mm split to gutter at upper part of rear hinge. ; Two volumes (complete). These copies are from a small number specially bound. Green full leather bindings. Red leather lettering pieces on spines. Gilt borders to boards. Gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Page dimensions: 236 x 145mm. Volume One: vii, [1], 373 pages. Volume Two: [viii], 407 pages. ; [Series title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45] 
Price: 405.00 NZD
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F. V. San Benito Registered at the Port of Auckland, New Zealand (O.N. 349473) Registered Fishing Vessel at the Port of Tauranga No. 3800 Shipping Casualty, 26 September 1981 [. . .] Report of Court and Annex Thereto
18 F. V. San Benito Registered at the Port of Auckland, New Zealand (O.N. 349473) Registered Fishing Vessel at the Port of Tauranga No. 3800 Shipping Casualty, 26 September 1981 [. . .] Report of Court and Annex Thereto
Wellington 1982 First Edition Softcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature "D Boyes".; [vi],86 pages. 1 illustration. 1 nautical chart. Card wrappers. Page dimensions: 238 x 149mm. The San Benito was stranded and lost on Tuhua Rocks near Mayor Island, Bar of Plenty, New Zealand in September 1981. This is the published report of the Court inquiry. The ship was built in Spain in 1972. "She was a large and specialised fishing vessel some 33.53 metres in length overall and being 230.72 gross tonnage [. . .] In a total of eight tanks she had the capacity to carry 157 tonnes of fish." - page 9. ; 8vo 
Price: 47.25 NZD
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19 Favourite Maori Tales
Whitcombe & Tombs [1930s] First Edition Original Wraps Fair with no dust jacket 
No date [1930's]. 31 pages. Illustrated. Dimensions: 9 1/2" by 6 1/2". Owner's inscription on title page. Spine worn. A 2 1/2" tear at tail of spine. "A W & T Art Production". Contents: Hinemoa: The Lovely Maiden of Rotorua; The Legend of Kahukura and the Fairy Nets; The Elopement of Puhihuia: A Story of Maungawhau; How New Zealand came from the Sea: A Legend of Maui. ; 8vo 
Price: 16.20 NZD
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20 Fiji. Correspondence Relative to Land Claims in Fiji [C.-3584]
London For HMSO 1883 Softcover Fair with no dust jacket 
Some short tears to margins of folding maps. One leaf of contemporary manuscript notes loosely included. Large pieces missing to front wrappers and paper spines. Front wrappers detached. Some page corners dog-eared. ; v, [1], 108 pages + 2 colour folding maps. + 1 other: "Fiji: Further Correspondence Respecting Claims of German Subjects to Land in Fiji. (In continuation of [C.-3584] of April 1883 and [C.-3815] of August 1883). London: Printed by Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1885. vii, [1], 122 pages + 1 folding colour map. The maps are titled: 1. "Plan shewing claims on Dreketi River and on part of Macuata Coast". 2. "Macuata District". 3. "In Enclosure 6" [Natewa Bay]. ; 8vo 
Price: 162.00 NZD
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