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1996-1997 - Yang's Postage Stamp Catalogue of The People's Republic of China (Part II) 1949-1996 (11th Edition), Yang, Nai-Chiang (ed.)
1 Yang, Nai-Chiang (ed.) 1996-1997 - Yang's Postage Stamp Catalogue of The People's Republic of China (Part II) 1949-1996 (11th Edition)
Hong Kong Yang's Stamp & Coin Co. (1996) First Edition Softcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
166, [4] pages. Illustrated green card covers. Page dimensions: 210 x 144mm. Colour illustrations. Catalogue priced in US$, with two columns, the left column for unused (mint) stamps, and the right column for used stamps in fine condition. 
Price: 47.25 NZD
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Chile. An Outline of the Postal Issues. 1766-1919., Haworth, Wildrid B.
2 Haworth, Wildrid B. Chile. An Outline of the Postal Issues. 1766-1919.
London Published at the Office of "Stamp Collecting" 1919 First Edition Hardcover Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Abrasion and some loss to front cover at lower margin. Internally very good.; This copy rebound with thick card covers, with most of the original paper wrappers pasted down to the card. The original wrappers have been trimmed off-centre and lack the border at far right. Brown cloth spine. 194 pages. Illustrated. Page dimensions: 180 x 120mm. 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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Lasseter's Last Ride: An Epic in Central Australian Gold Discovery, Idriess, Ion L.
3 Idriess, Ion L. Lasseter's Last Ride: An Epic in Central Australian Gold Discovery
Sydney Pacific Books (1969) Softcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued 
Previous owner's inscription on inside of front cover. Some foxing. ; Paperback reprint. [iv], 185 pages. Page dimensions: Front cover has illustration of a dead horse partly buried in sand. No illustrations or maps in this edition (other than the cover illustration.) 
Price: 27.00 NZD
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The Mineral Waters and Spas of New Zealand, Wohlmann, Arthur S. [Arthur Stanley Herbert]
4 Wohlmann, Arthur S. [Arthur Stanley Herbert] The Mineral Waters and Spas of New Zealand
Wellington John Mackay, Government Printer 1914 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Cloth very faded on spine and front board. Dampstain to upper corner of front board, and to upper corner of front pastedown endpaper. No signatures. ; 155 pages + plates. Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 216 x 137mm. Health benefits of mineral waters and spas. Arthur S. Wohlmann, M.D., B.S., Lond., was the Government Balneologist. The plate illustrations show spinal curvature, skiagrams of hands affected by different forms of arthritis, and rainfall maps of New Zealand. Chapters include: Spa Treatment: Mineral-water Treatment; Radio-activity as a Factor in Balneology; The Health Resorts of New Zealand: Rotorua [. . .] Hanmer [. . .] Te Aroha; The Mineral Waters of New Zealand: A General Review. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall H705 - "Treatment largely from the medical standpoint. Wohlmann later changed name to Herbert."] 
Price: 67.50 NZD
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Arthur's Pass and the Otira Gorge, Baughan, B. E.
5 Baughan, B. E. Arthur's Pass and the Otira Gorge
Auckland Whitcombe & Tombs [1925] First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Previous owners' signatures on title page. Covers worn at the overhanging edges. Spine rubbed and worn, with 35mm tears at head and tail. ; 67, [1] pages. Softcover. Front cover with red lettering and rata flower illustration. Page dimensions: 185 x 137mm. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall B400.] 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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Initiations and Initiates in Tibet, David-Neel, Alexandra
6 David-Neel, Alexandra Initiations and Initiates in Tibet
London Rider & Co. (1931) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Dust-jacket with 35mm loss at head of spine, and some other tears and smaller losses. A 100mm tear to rear panel of dust-jacket. No loss of text to blurb on front flap of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; Uncommon in dust-jacket. First edition in English. 224 pages + 27 illustrations on 8 plate leaves. Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Page dimensions: 230 x 149mm. Text in English, translated from the French by Fred Rothwell. "An authentic, authoritative work on the esoteric doctrines & magical practices of Tibet" - from front panel of dust-jacket. The front panel of the dust-jacket has an illustration of Alexandra David-Neel and Lama Yongden in travelling attire (This illustration can also be found within the book in the plate facing page 32.) "The object of the present work is to supply those interested in the manifestations of Oriental spirituality with definite information regarding the nature of the Lamaic rites of initiation and the teachings given to the initiates, both during and subseqeuent to these ceremonies. [. . .] 'Initiations and Initiates in Tibet' forms a complete whole. However, I think I ought to recommend that it be read concurrently with my previous book: 'With Mystics and Magicians in Tibet,' especially with the parts of that book which deal with the masters of mysticism, with their disciples and the methods of psychic training which they practise." - from the Introduction, page 9. Contents: Introduction; I. Definition of Tibetan Mysticism; II. The Spiritual Guide - Choice of a Master; III. Nature of the Esoteric Doctrines - Method and Knowledge - Father and Mother - Traditional Oral Instruction - Its Transmission along a Line of Initiates - Eugenics; IV. The Various Kinds of Initiation and their Aim - Initiation 'with Activity'; 1. Angkur of the Mysric Master; 2. Secret Angkur; 3. Angkur of Knowledge and Wisdom; 4. Angkur of Symbolical Words - Initiation 'without Activity' - Vulgar Degree - Non-Vulgar Degree; V. The 'Mani' Initiation and the Different Meanings of Aum Mani Padme Hum!; VI. Dubthabs Rites; VII. Gymnastics of Respiration - A Guru Story; VIII. Daily Spiritual Exercises - My Body is like a Mountain - My Eyes are like the Ocean - My Mind is like the Sky; IX. How to Sleep and to Utilise the Time given to Sleep - How to Conduct Oneself in the Dream State for Discerning one's Latent Tendencies; X. Contemplation of Sun and Sky; XI. The Dalai Lamas; XII. The Lesser and the Greater Vehicle; XIII. The True Initiation; XIV. The Different Kinds of Morality; Appendix. 
Price: 400.00 NZD
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25 Battalion [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45], Puttick, Edward (Lieutenant-General Sir)
7 Puttick, Edward (Lieutenant-General Sir) 25 Battalion [Series Title: Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45]
Wellington, New Zealand War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs 1960 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Spine faded. Some rubbing to cloth. Some staining to upper corner of front board. ; Loosely included in this copy is a presentation slip from the Government of New Zealand, this copy presented to 38287 Pte H. C. S. Petersen in recognition of his service with 25 New Zealand Battalion. xvi, 654, [1] pages + frontispiece + plates + 6 folding colour maps + 37 in-text maps. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 211 x 137mm. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Trentham - Voyage Overseas - Training in Egypt; Greece; Second Libyan Campaign: Prelude; Sidi Rezegh; Syria; The Alamein Line; Battle of Alamein; Advance to Tunisia; Tunisia to Italy; The Sangro: Orsogna; Cassino; San Pietro - Terelle; Liri Valley; Advance on Florence; Rimini to the Uso; Uso to the Savio; The Senio; The Senio to Trieste; Roll of Honour; Summary of Casualties; Honours and Awards; Commanding Officers; Index. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall P1111.] 
Price: 168.75 NZD
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The Oriental Renaissance: Europe's Rediscovery of India and the East, 1680-1880, Schwab, Raymond; translated from the French by Gene Patterson-Black and Victor Reinking; with a Foreword by Edward W. Said
8 Schwab, Raymond; translated from the French by Gene Patterson-Black and Victor Reinking; with a Foreword by Edward W. Said The Oriental Renaissance: Europe's Rediscovery of India and the East, 1680-1880
New York Columbia University Press 1984 0231041381 / 9780231041386 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings, including paper label at tail of spine, card pocket at rear endpaper, and "Withdrawn" rubber stamps. ; xxiv, [2], 542 pages. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 233 x 151mm. "For so long merely Mediterranean, humanism began to be global when the scientific reading of Avestan and Sanskrit scripts unlocked innumerable unsuspected scriptures." - quote from Schwab on dust wrapper blurb. Text in English. Schwab's study was originally published in French in 1950. Chapter titles include: There is an Oriental Renaissance; Establishing the Text; Europe learns Sanskrit; The Progress of Oriental Studies; Repercussions in Literature; Founders and Intermediaries; India and the Blossoming of Lamartine; Vigny Tempted by India; From Historical Poetry to Poetical History; An External Orient: Exoticism; The India of Schopenhauer; The Iran of Nietzsche; The Buddhism of Wagner; Russian Orientalism and Nonviolence; The Dialogue Between Creedson the Question of the Soul; An Age of Relativism; The Orient, the Supreme Romanticism. 
Price: 162.00 NZD
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Positive Disintegration, Dabrowski, Kazimierz; edited and with an Introduction by Jason Aronson
9 Dabrowski, Kazimierz; edited and with an Introduction by Jason Aronson Positive Disintegration
Boston Little, Brown and Company (1964) Softcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Library of Congress call number in ink on copyright page "BF698 D25", however does not appear to be an ex-library copy (there are no other library markings). Moderate rubbing and some fading to covers. Some cup marks stains to the rear cover.; xxviii, 132 pages. Softcover. Page dimensions: 196 x 126mm. Psychology, theories of personality. Polish psychiatrist. Contents: The Theory of Positive Disintegration; The Principal Dynamics of Multilevel Disintegration; The Feeling of Inferiority toward Oneself; The "Third Factor" in the Development of Personality; Remarks on Typology based on the Theory of Positive Disintegration; Psychopathy and Psychoneurosis; Jackson's Theory and Positive Disintegration; Positive Disintegration and Child Development; Mental Health as the Progressive Development of Personality. 
Price: 108.00 NZD
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South Island Stowaway, Summers, Essie
10 Summers, Essie South Island Stowaway
London Mills & Boon (1971) 0263517632 / 9780263517637 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Rubbing to dust-jacket. 1" and smaller tears at ends of dust-jacket spine and to margins of dust-jacket. Fading to dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket is price-clipped, with loss of a few letters from the end of the blurb on the front flap. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 191, (1) pages. Red boards with black lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 185 x 122mm. Romance novel, set in New Zealand. ; ; 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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Pookie and the Gypsies, Wallace, Ivy L.
11 Wallace, Ivy L. Pookie and the Gypsies
London Collins [c1966] Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
A previous owner has stapled clear plastic over the boards, with 8 staples going through the front board, and another 8 through the rear board. Some fingermarks and staining to first text leaf. Previous owner's name on title page. ; No date [c1966?]. Unpaginated. [26] pages, including the inner side of the free endpapers. Illustrated papered boards. Page dimensions: 272mm x 218mm. Colour illustrated endpapers. Colour and B&W illustrations. Children's book. Adventures of Pookie, a white rabbit with wings. 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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Summer In December, Summers, Essie
12 Summers, Essie Summer In December
London Mills & Boon (1970) 0263705366 / 9780263705362 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good+ dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Small bumps to upper corners of boards. Dust-jacket with some 1/2" tears and 1/4" chips at corners and ends of dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket is price-clipped. Fading to dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 188, [1] pages. Red boards with black lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 185 x 122mm. Romance fiction novel. "Joanna felt the mountains were giving her courage." - the opening sentence. 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Stewart Island - Biological Survey of Reserves Series  - No. 18, Meurk, Colin D. & Hugh D, Wilson
13 Meurk, Colin D. & Hugh D, Wilson Stewart Island - Biological Survey of Reserves Series - No. 18
Wellington Department of Conservation (1989) 0001221086 / 9780001221086 First Edition Softcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Small abrasion to upper margin of front cover.; vi, 162 pages. Printed card covers. Page dimensions: 293 x 206mm. Details of 29 reserves on Stewart Island, alphabetical from Ackers Point to Whero Island. Includes details of forest types and flora species present, e.g. "Dominated by rata immediately behind the coastal short forest and scrub but gives way to do-dominance with kamahi and podocarps in the interior and in sheltered derpressions" - page 91. Contents includes small maps of each reserve, and a list of Stewart Island indigenous vascular flora, a two page list of "References". 
Price: 70.00 NZD
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Pookie and his Shop, Wallace, Ivy L.
14 Wallace, Ivy L. Pookie and his Shop
London Collins (1966) 0001221086 / 9780001221086 Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
A previous owner has stapled clear plastic over the boards, with 8 staples going through the front board, and another 8 through the rear board. Some fingermarks and staining to first text leaf. Previous owner's name on front endpaper and title page. ; Unpaginated. [26] pages, including the inner side of the free endpapers. Illustrated papered boards. Page dimensions: 273mm x 218mm. Colour illustrated endpapers. Colour and B&W illustrations. Children's book. Adventures of Pookie, a white rabbit with wings. 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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15 Carleton, Hugh The Life of Henry Williams, Archdeacon of Waimate [Volume II only]
Auckland Wilsons & Horton 1877 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Boards with moderate wear, rubbing and staining. Small splash mark with some bubbling to cloth at lower corner of front board. Small bruises to lower corners of boards. Spine faded. Front hinge cracked, with splits to gutters at title leaf. Previous owner's signature "J G Wilson / Netherby / Hatuma / 1924". Loosely included is "A Service of Remembrance with Thanksgiving Following the Committal of the Ashes of William Hamilton Williams". 2 pages, no date (c1980s?). ; Volume Two only of two volumes. 364, [2 (blank)] pages + lxxxiii (appendix) + frontispiece + 5 leaves with captions for mounted plates, but without the actual plates present (as in Bagnall's description - "Copies seen of v.2. whcih lack the mounted plates, though including blank leaves with caption." Original purple pebble-grain cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 206 x 135mm. Lithographed inscription on verso of first leaf: "Your affec' Father / Henry Williams". Frontispiece illustration "War Canoes and Mission Boat", lithographed by Schmidt & Co., Auckland, after a drawing by Henry Williams. [Bibliographical reference: Bangall 980 (though our copy differs in having the frontispiece "War Canoes and Mission Boat", rather than a mounted portrait. "Biography by the subject's son-in-law, written with the avowed purpose of vindicating Williams' character. However, the strong hagiographical opening becomes musted by the numerous extracts from letters and diaries [. . .]"] ; 8vo 
Price: 114.75 NZD
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Family Life In New Zealand 1880-1890, Reed, A. H.
16 Reed, A. H. Family Life In New Zealand 1880-1890
Wellington A.H. & A. W. Reed (1969) First Edition Softcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket Signed by Author
This copy inscribed and signed by the author on the title page: "A H Reed / With affectionate greetings / Sept 1969". 24 pages. Printed card covers. Page dimensions: 215mm x 138mm. Illustrated.; Signed by Author 
Price: 27.00 NZD
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Heaven's Morning Breaks: An Anthology of the After Life, Reed, A. H. & Marian Reed (eds.)
17 Reed, A. H. & Marian Reed (eds.) Heaven's Morning Breaks: An Anthology of the After Life
Wellington A. H. & A. W. Reed / for the Alfred & Isabel & Marian Reed Trust (1963) Softcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket Signed by Author
This copy inscribed and signed by A. H. Reed on the title page: "With kind regards / A H Reed / Jan. 27 / 1965". Third edition. 24 pages. Printed wrappers. Page dimensions: 185 x 122mm. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 27.00 NZD
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From the Black Rocks, on Friday and A Gold Digger's Notes, Dickens, Charles (edited or written? by); Introduction by A. H. Reed; Foreword by W. P. Morrell
18 Dickens, Charles (edited or written? by); Introduction by A. H. Reed; Foreword by W. P. Morrell From the Black Rocks, on Friday and A Gold Digger's Notes
Wellington A. H. & A. W. Reed (1950) First Thus Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
Fading to dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; This title was published in an edition of 2000 copies, of which 1750 were in printed boards and 250 were numbered and in cloth boards. This copy is number 179 of the 250 copies in cloth boards. It is also signed by A. H. Reed on the limitation page. 60, [3] pages. Green cloth boards with black lettering on front board. Red thin paper dust-jacket printed in black on front panel. Page dimensions: 210 x 130mm. "From the Black Rocks on Friday is the graphic story of a castaway on a New Zealand island. It first appeared in Charled Dickens's periodical, all the Year Round, on May 17, 1862, has never since been republished [...]" - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 67.50 NZD
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Joseph William Mellor: Dunedin Boy Who Became the World's Greatest Authority on Inorganic Chemistry, Reed, A. H
19 Reed, A. H Joseph William Mellor: Dunedin Boy Who Became the World's Greatest Authority on Inorganic Chemistry
Wellington A. H. & A. W. Reed 1957 Softcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued Signed by Author
Rubbing and loss of paper along spine. Staples rusted.; This copy inscribed and signed by the author on the title page: "with affectionate greetings / A H Reed / July /1966". Reprint, in same year as first publication. 8 pages. Illustrated. Thin card covers. Page dimensions: 214 x 140mm. "Dunedin Public Library Publication No. 2". ; Signed by Author 
Price: 32.00 NZD
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The Game Fowl (Old English and Modern) [. . .] To Which is added a reprint of The Cocker by W. Sketchley, Gent., Proud, P.
20 Proud, P. The Game Fowl (Old English and Modern) [. . .] To Which is added a reprint of The Cocker by W. Sketchley, Gent.
London The Feathered World [c1924] First Edition Softcover Poor with no dust jacket 
The wrappers are heavily worn and rubbed with losses at spine and corners. Foxing throughout, and dog-eared corners to most leaves. The folding colour frontispiece with some abrasions, including loss of a patch of colour 1" x 1/2". The second colour folding plate has creasing and a 4" tear with a yellowing adhesive tape repair on the reverse side. The folding black-and-white plate is heavily creased and has tears and losses in the vicinity of the main fold. Previous owner's signature.; 4, [2], 60, [2] pages + 2 folding colour plates (including the frontispiece) + 1 folding black-and-white plate (facing page 48); iv, (5)-88 pages + black-and-white frontispiece. Original grey printed paper wrappers. Besides the plates there are several full-page illustrations included within the pagination of the 60 pages of "The Game Fowl". The colour plates are after oil paintings by Herbert Atkinson. "The requests which have reached me for the publication in a more permanent form of the articles contributed by Mr. Proud to 'The Feathered World' have prompted this reprint of papers which have thus evidently been proved useful. The chapters have been carefully revised, and, with the addition of Illustrations and two Coloured Plates, they should certainly be of real service to the novice, and, perchance, convey a hint or two to even older fanciers. The inclusion within the same cover of an exact reprint of that old and standard work on Game Fowl, 'The Cocker,' was not arrived at without serious consideration. To bowlderise the book by cutting out all that pertained to a sport which the laws of more humane age forbid, would have been to rob the work of much of its quaintness, and of a good deal of information." - from the Preface, page 3. 
Price: 67.50 NZD
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