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The Art Album of New Zealand Flora, Featon, E. H. (Mr and Mrs) [Sarah]
1 Featon, E. H. (Mr and Mrs) [Sarah] The Art Album of New Zealand Flora
Wellington Messrs. Bock & Cousins 1889 First Thus Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Binding a little loose. Spine leather worn and deteriorating. 3" split to leather at top of front joint. 5" split to leather at top of rear joint. 1/2" chips to leather at head of spine. Hinges broken. Two plates and two text leaves detached and loose. Plates clean, minor foxing. Light 1/2" dampstain to lower corner of some leaves. Tissue guards present to all plates.; Volume I (all published). "Authors' Edition". First one volume edition (the work had previously been published in 1887-8 in three separate parts). Subtitled: "being a systematic and popular description of the native flowering plants of New Zealand and the adjacent islands". xviii,180 pages. Full maroon morocco binding with gilt and black decoration to spine. Gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Page dimensions: 292 x 238mm. With 40 attractive chromolithographs (including frontispiece), printed in New Zealand. List of subscribers to the "Authors' Edition" on pp. 179-180. Bagnall records that the prospectus for this work advertised the availability of copies bound in cloth, full calf, or morocco. This is one of the morocco bindings. A further two volumes were planned but never published. A "definitive work calculated to debunk the widely held belief that '... there are no flowers in New Zealand'." - Dawson, page 67. "[T]his enormously expensive project pretty well bankrupted the original printers, William Bock and Alfred Cousins - their partnership was dissolved soon after the publication of the 'Album'." - Dawson, page 74. [Bibliographical references: Bagnall 1884; Dawson, Bee "Lady Painters: The Flower Painters of Early New Zealand" (1999) pp. 60-75; Sampson, F. Bruce "Early New Zealand Botanical Art" (1985) pp. 93-94.]; 4to 
Price: 1000.00 NZD
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Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas, Grey, Zane
2 Grey, Zane Tales of Fishing Virgin Seas
New York Harper & Brothers 1925 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket Illustrated by Smith, Lillian Wilhelm Signed by Author
Stated "First Edition", with "KZ" on copyright page. Nicely inscribed by the author in purple ink on the front fly leaf: "Altadena Cal Dec 1925 To Harry P Burton An Ohio boy who ought to know how to fish. from Zane Grey". vii, [3], 216 pages + frontispiece + plates. Green cloth boards with gilt titles on spine and front board. Illustrated endpapers. Page dimensions: 263 x 186mm. "With 100 illustrations from photographs taken by the author and others". Spine lettering faded. Some bruising to lower corner and lower edge of front board. 30mm chip to cloth along top edge of front board. Joints strong. Hinges intact. Later owner's signature in pencil on half-title page: "John Dower Esq." ; 4to; Signed by Author 
Price: 1750.00 NZD
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The Principal Navigations Voyages Traffiques & Discoveries of the English Nation Made by Sea or Over-land to the Remote and Farthest Distant Quarters of the Earth at any time within the compasse of these 1600 Yeeres, Hakluyt, Richard
3 Hakluyt, Richard The Principal Navigations Voyages Traffiques & Discoveries of the English Nation Made by Sea or Over-land to the Remote and Farthest Distant Quarters of the Earth at any time within the compasse of these 1600 Yeeres
Glasgow James MacLehose and Sons 1903-1905 Hardcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Some flecking to cloth boards. Internally near fine, minimal foxing. Vellum in very good condition with slight discoloration, a few small spots to spine of Volume III. ; 12 volumes, complete. This set is number 68 of the limited edition of 100 copies on handmade paper, with the illustrations printed on Japanese paper. Illustrated with plates and maps, including folding. Quarter vellum and blue cloth boards. Gilt decoration to spines and front boards. Top page edges gilt. Page dimensions: 225 x 140mm (8 3/4" x 5 2/3"). An excellent edition of Hakluyt's famous early collection of travellers' accounts. Principally in the English language, some content in Latin. "The text of this edition is an exact reprint of that of 1598-1600 with the following exceptions : - the letters i, j, u, and c are used according to modern custom [. . .]" - from the publisher' s note, page xiv (1903). Provenance: Contemporary bookseller's ticket of Frederick R. Jones, Torquay on front endpaper of first volume. Sir Charles Grove, with his unnamed ex-libris on front endpaper of each volume. ["Richard Hakluyt’s 'The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation' (second edition, 1598–1600) is the most important collection of English travel writing ever published. The territories it describes cover every area of European activity and aspiration in the period, from the New World to Muscovy, the Levant, Persia, the East Indies and Africa [. . . the work was instrumental in promoting English expansion through colonial and trade ventures around the globe." - The Hakluyt Edition Project, website, accessed August 2016] ; 8vo 
Price: 4500.00 NZD
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Asiatick Researches: Or, Transactions of the Society, Insituted in Bengal, for Inquiring  into the History and Antiquities, the Arts, Sciences, and Literature, of Asia. Volume the Second., Jones, William (Sir ) (ed.); other contributors include Charles Wilkins, Henry Vansittart, Samuel Davis, William Roxburgh
4 Jones, William (Sir ) (ed.); other contributors include Charles Wilkins, Henry Vansittart, Samuel Davis, William Roxburgh Asiatick Researches: Or, Transactions of the Society, Insituted in Bengal, for Inquiring into the History and Antiquities, the Arts, Sciences, and Literature, of Asia. Volume the Second.
Calcutta Printed and Sold By Manuel Cantopher 1790 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Professionally rebacked by Barbara Schmelzer, preserving original endpapers, and with remnant of original leather spine laid down. Moderate chips and scrapes to leather boards, with moderate losses of leather at corners of boards. Corners of boards strengthened by conservator with Japanese tissue paper. A 1" tear to the folding plate of the Hindoo Lunar Mansions. Pages 268-269 are transposed with pages 272-273. ; The second volume only of "Asiatick Researches" (the name later changed to "Asiatic Researches"). The scarce Calcutta first edition, preceding the London editions. [iv], 502, [2] pages + 14 plates (5 folding). Pages 501-502 have a list of the Society's members at the end of the year 1790. The final leaf has "Corrections" on the recto, and is blank on the verso. Quarto size. Page dimensions: 288 x 220mm. Signature on front endpaper of C. Poulett Harris. Contemporary full calf boards with gilt decoration to borders. Rebacked with new calf spine with remnant of original spine laid down. Of special interest in this volume are "An Account of the Kingdom of Nepal, by Father Giuseppe, Prefect of the Roman Mission. - Communicated by John Shore, Esq." on pp. 307-322, and the president Sir William Jones' fourth, fifth and sixth anniversary discourses, "On the Arabs", "On the Tartars", and "On the Persians". The plates are as follows: (1). Facing page 199: "A Chinese Ode". (2). 205: Large folding table of Persian verbs, printed on both sides. (3). 206: Large folding table of Persian verbs, printed on both sides. (4). 249: Astronomical Diagram. (5). 250: Astronomical Diagram. (6). 263: Astronomical Diagram. (7). 273: Astronomical Diagram. (8). 293: "The Hindoo Lunar Mansions", a large folding plate with 28 engravings. This plate has some wear at the folds where it protrudes a little from the text block. (9). 303: "Oriental Zodiac", a folding plate.(10). 338: Two illustrations, of Roman coins, and of the Indian Sphinx. (11). 361: The Lac Insect. (12). 391: Sanskrit. (13). 405: "Jatamansi, or Indian Spikenard". A botanical illustration. (14). 470: "Abstract of a Meteorological Register", a folding plate with two tables. [References: Shaw 172, who notes that the despite the date of 1790 on the title page, the volume was ready until January 1791. Shaw also notes Jones' observation in his Sixth Anniversary Discourse that the price of the first volume was not more than the annual contribution towards the charges of the Royal Society paid by its fellows - "In vain shall we collect the most interesting papers, if we cannot publish them occasionally without exposing the Superintendents of the Company's Press, who undertake to print them at their own hazard, to the danger of a considerable loss."].; 4to 11" - 13" tall 
Price: 4250.00 NZD
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No New Thing, Mason, R. A. K.
5 Mason, R. A. K. No New Thing
Auckland The Spearhead Publishers 1934 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Moderate rubbing and flecking to cloth boards and spine. A 1/4" chip to cloth in front joint. Some foxing.; A shining star in the milky way of New Zealand literature. This copy is signed by Mason on the front free endpaper "R. A. K. Mason". 30 leaves. Brown cloth boards with printed paper labels on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 227 x 145mm. An edition of 120 copies was intended by the publishers. Mason had first sought for overseas publishers for this work, including Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth Press in the United Kingdom. Spearhead Publishers, also to become known as the Unicorn Press, was set up by Mason and Bob Lowry in 1934. After Mason left in 1936, Lowry carried on the imprint with other partners. "He's a crack-brained socialist, with some literary ability [. . .]" - Bob Lowry, discussing Mason in a letter to Denis Glover. This title is number 46 on The Listener's list of the best 50 New Zealand books. Scarce. [Reference: Jones, Lawrence (2003),"Picking up the Traces: The Making of a New Zealand Literary Culture 1932-1945", p. 30; Barrowman, Rachel (2003), "Mason: The Life of R. A. K. Mason"; Braunias, Steve (2004) "The 50 Best New Zealand Books"; Bagnall M1280.] ; 8vo; Signed by Author 
Price: 1000.00 NZD
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Ruins of Many Lands. A Descriptive Poem., Michell, Nicholas [Extra-illustrated by Richard Bate (1775-1856)]
6 Michell, Nicholas [Extra-illustrated by Richard Bate (1775-1856)] Ruins of Many Lands. A Descriptive Poem.
London William Tegg and Co. 1850 Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Moderate rubbing to leather at joints and edges and corners of boards. Gutter split at front hinge. Portrait frontispiece has some foxing and a vertical crease to the inner margin. ; [4] viii (ix-xvi hand-numbered additional manuscript contents leaves) (9)-394 pages. Portrait frontispiece. Extra-illustrated with 95 additional pen, ink and wash drawings by Richard Bate.The illustrations are skillfully executed and evocative. Each illustration initialed "R. B.", and dated between 1854 and 1856. Dates usually indicate the month, sometimes just the year. The illustrations have presumably all been copied from other sources. Illustration number 12 "A General View of the Great Temple at Edfou" gives the source from which the ink sketch has been rendered as the "Pictorial Bible". Each illustration of an ancient ruin matches a reference to that ruin in the lines of the poem, the line being annotated with the number of the corresponding illustration. Handwritten list of the titles of the illustrations bound in with the preliminary leaves. Full green morocco binding with gilt panels to both boards, gilt decoration to spine. Gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. All page edges gilt. Page dimensions: 182 x 117mm (7 1/8" x 4 5/8"). Inscribed "for Sophy / your affte. Father / Richard Bate / Love to Nelly and a kiss for me." Richard Bate (1775-1856) was born in London. In 1807 he travelled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In Brazil he established a trading company in nautical, optical and surgical instruments. Watercolour paintings by Bate of the city of Rio de Janeiro are held by Cornell University. His daughter Sophia, to whom this volume was gifted by her father, was born in Brazil in 1817, and died in London in 1889. Richard Bate returned to England in 1854. Sophia married Dr Septimus Wray (1792-1869) and they had one child, Sophia Eleanor Wray (1848-1940). Sophia Eleanor Wray married Dr John Thomas Mercer in 1870. The front fly leaf has the signature of "Sophia Eleanor Mercer". They had a daughter Eleanor Maria V. Mercer (1875-), who married Laurence Anderson (born Tokyo, 1875). Eleanor Maria V. Mercer and Laurence Anderson had a son John Laurence Anderson, born in Bangkok in 1900. John Laurence Anderson, grand-son, is also mentioned in a family inscription on the front endpaper by Nellie Mercer nee Wray (Sophia Eleanor Mercer). The illustrations include stone ruins and monuments of the ancient ("Dark Era") and classical worlds, and geographically principally from Rome, Greece, the Near and Middle East. Also Palenque from Mexico. Illustrations include: Babylon (Birs Nimroud); Nineveh; Mount Hor; Petra; Nubian Pyramid; Ipsamboul; Edfou; Latopolis; Thebes; Carnac; The Memnon; Dendera; Pyramids at Gizeh; The Sphinx; The Nile; Heliopolis; Alexandria; Gibraltar; Uxmal; Palenque; Elephanta; Temple of Minerva at Sunium; Mars Hill, Athens; Paul preaching; Corinth; Egina; Samos; Patmos; Rhodes; Rome; Tivoli; Vauclause; Avignon; Ephesus; Tyre; Lebanon; Baalbec; Palmyra; Persepolis; Dead Sea; Tiberias; Capernaum; Samaria; Tomb of Rachel; Bethlehem; Jerusalem. [References: Stickel, Erico J. Siriuba, "Uma Pequena Biblioteca Particular: Subsídios para o Estudo da Iconografia no Brasil" (São Paulo: Universidade de São Paulo, 2004. p. 83); Ferrez, Gilberto. "Aquarelas de Richard Bate: o Rio de Janeiro de 1808 - 1848" (Rio de Janeiro: Galeria Brasiliana, 1965).]; 16mo 
Price: 3250.00 NZD
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The Works of William Shakespear. Volume the Ninth., Shakespear, William [Shakespeare]
7 Shakespear, William [Shakespeare] The Works of William Shakespear. Volume the Ninth.
London Printed by J. Darby . . . for F. Curll, K. Sanger, and J. Pemberton: Sold by J. Tonson in the Strand, J. Knapton and D. Midwinter . . . 1714 First Thus Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
1/4" missing to leather at head of spine. 1/2" chip to leather at tail of spine. Leather split along 2/3 of rear joint. Spine lettering piece rubbed and worn. Headbands lacking. Small 1/4" loss of leather at tips of corners of boards. Some small abrasions to leather on rear board. Owner's signature scribbled out on title page. Some foxing to preliminary leaves. ; The first duodecimo format printing of Shakespeare's Sonnets. [4], lvi, iv, 41, [5], 45-406 pages + 2 copperplate engravings. Contemporary full calf binding. Gilt borders to boards and gilt tooled decoration to spine. Red leather lettering piece on spine. Page dimensions: 163 x 95mm. Red speckling to page edges. Several woodcut inhabited initials, woodcut headpieces and tailpieces. In 1714 Rowe added Curll's 1710 edition of the poems to his 8 volume edition of Shakespeare to form a 9 volume set. This is Volume Nine only of that set. The Sonnets are presented as "Mr. Shakespear's Miscellany Poems", and are given individual titles e.g. "A Sweet Provocation", "Loss and Gain", "His Heart wounded by her Eye", rather than being numbered as in modern editions. Also includes the long poems "Venus and Adonis", "Tarquin", "Lucrece"; "Critical Remarks on his Poems and Plays"; "An Essay on the Art, Rise, and Progess of the Stage, in Greece, Rome, and England"; "Glossary of the Old Words us'd in these Works". "Curll again provided a matching poems' volume for the 1714 edtition, but this time Tonson drew him directly into the project, issuing some copies of the edition with a cancel title page indicating that is was in nine volumes (rather than eight) and including Curll's name in the imprint" - Murphy, page 63. [Bibliographical reference: Murphy, "Shakespeare in Print" 182.] ; 12mo 
Price: 3250.00 NZD
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The Pavilion on the Links, Stevenson, Robert Louis
8 Stevenson, Robert Louis The Pavilion on the Links
London Chatto & Windus 1913 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
This book has been used as a Robert Louis Stevenson "scrapbook" by New Zealand librarian and bibliographer W. H. Trimble (1860-1927). Newspaper clippings, reviews, and clippings from bookseller's catalogues relating to Robert Louis Stevenson have been pasted to blank areas throughout the book, most profusely to the endpapers. A handwritten index to the names referred to in the clippings by Trimble is pasted to the front endpaper. Of particular interest in this copy is a clipping of Stevenson's signature pasted to the title page, "R. L. Stevenson", with the comment in Trimble's handwriting: "The autograph at the top corner of this page is a genuine Stevenson signature cut out of a volume from Stevenson's library at Vailima." After Trimble, this book comes from the collection of New Zealand journalist, author and book collector Pat Lawlor. Pencil note by Lawlor on front endpaper: "Note: The fact that W. H. Trimble has certified to the authenticity of Stevenson's signature on the title page is significant guarantee of its genuineness / Pat Lawlor". Lawlor also wrote an interesting desciption of the clipped signature found in this book in "Books and Bookmen" (Wellington: Whitcombe & Tombs, 1954, page 33): "There is a sinister unsigned inscription in my copy of The Pavilion on the Links which I bought at a Wellington book auction: 'The autograph at the top corner of this page is a genuine Stevenson signature cut out of a volume from Stevenson's library at Vailima.' True enough there is the neat R.L.S. autograph pasted on the title page, making me think of a grave snatcher who has cut the hand from a corpse so that he might have the ring on the finger." viii, 96 pages + colour frontispiece + b&w plates. Illustrated cloth boards. Page dimensions: 206 x 136mm. Illustrated by Gordon Browne. ; 8vo; Signed by Author 
Price: 1000.00 NZD
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Galley Proofs for "Something Nothing"; Hone Tuwhare's fourth collection of poetry., Tuwhare, Hone
9 Tuwhare, Hone Galley Proofs for "Something Nothing"; Hone Tuwhare's fourth collection of poetry.
Dunedin Caveman Press (1974) First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Corrected galley proofs for Hone Tuwhare's fourth book of poetry, "Something Nothing". This title was published in Dunedin by the Caveman Press in 1974. Loose long galley leaves, dimensions: 152 x 456 mm. The leaves are printed on one side only. The leaves are held loosely within cloth boards with ties and a printed paper label on the front board. The manuscript corrections consist of the removal of the comma from "Something, Nothing" at each occurence, and changes to the page numbering. There are also a few handwritten notes (presumably made by the Caveman Press publisher Trevor Reeves) on the first leaf. The proofs do not have the contents page or the copyright page, but there is a note that the contents page is to be made in the same style as that used in "Sapwood and Milk". The illustrations by Robin White, which appear in the final published book, are not included. There are a few stains to the first few leaves, and some rubbing and wear to the corners of some leaves. "Something Nothing" has some of Tuwhare's best poems, including "Ron Mason", written after the death of RAK Mason. Several poems from "Something Nothing" were used in later anthologies of Tuwhare's poems: "Selected Poems" (1980) had seven poems from Something Nothing (along with 20 from No Ordinary Sun, 5 from Come Rain Hail, 5 from Sapwood and Milk, and 2 from Making a Fist of It.) In "Year of the Dog, Poems New and Selected"(1982), 12 of the 32 poems were from Something Nothing. In "Was Wirklicher ist als Sterben" (1985), 5 of the 33 poems were from Something Nothing. ; Folio 
Price: 5400.00 NZD
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