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1 Cameron, Dave; with Paul Lewis The New Zealand Boxing Scrapbook
Auckland HarperSports (2012) 1869509161 / 9781869509163 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. ; 280 pages. Large format hardcover book. Page dimensions: oblong 285 x 211mm. Numerous photographic illustrations, colour and black-and-white. "New Zealand's place in world boxing is a surprisingly prominent one. From the 1800s to the second decade of the new millennium, New Zealand boxers have made a mark on the national and international stages. From the days of Bob Fitzsimmons and Torpedo Billy Murphy through to David Tua's quest for a world title today, Kiwi boxers have occupied a far more significant place than the little country at the foot of the world would seem to deserve. Looking from boxing's earliest moments to today - and illustrated by some remarkable and previously unseen boxing memorabilia - and incorporating some of boxing's most famous names, 'The New Zealand Boxing Scrapbook' offers a unique insight into 'the sweet science' of boxing and the men involved." 
Price: 84.50 NZD
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2 Batten, Jean Alone In The Sky
Auckland Technical Books (1979) 0906393019 / 9780906393017 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket Signed by Author
No tears to dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; This copy signed by the author in blue ink on the title page: "Jean Batten". [x], 190 pages + plates. Blue papered boards with gilt lettering on spine. Illustrated. Page dimensions: 215mm x 138mm. Jean Batten (1909-1982), New Zealand aviator. "The book is based on her earlier work 'My Life' 1938, but it has been thoroughly revised and lengthened by the author without losing is period feel." - from dust-jacket blurb. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 65.00 NZD
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3 Cowan, James The Maoris of New Zealand
Christchurch Whitcombe and Tombs 1910 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Gutters split and torn at hinges. Previous owner's signature of New Zealand historian, "James G. Wilson, Netherby". Obituary column of the author pasted to front endpaper.; xxiv, 356 pages + frontispiece + 62 plates + 1 map. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering and brown panels on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 217 x 140mm. An edition of 1550 copies. Contents: The Maori: Past and Present; The Maori: Past and Present (continued) ; Population, and Distribution of Tribes; The Origin of the Maori; The Canoe-Voyagers; The New Land, and How it was Settled; Maori Cosmogony and Religion; Tapu and the Tohunga; Papataunaki, the Enchanted Tree; The Shrine of an Atua; Maori Social Life; The Whare-Whakairo; The Maori Canoe; Tattooing; Nature-Lore and Forest Craft; Some Folk-Stories and Fairy-Tales; Omens, Tipuas, and Taniwhas; The Poetry of the Maori; The Maori in War; "Kai-Tangata"; A Calabash of Meat; The Story of an Utu Account; Torekahe's Revenge; The Maori and the Musket; The Maori and the White Trader; A Maori Version of the Wairau Affair; The Kingites and the War; The Defenders of Orakau; A War-Canoe Expedition; The Hauhaus; A Day at a "Hui"; The Tangi. [Bibliographical Reference: Bagnall C1607]. 
Price: 96.20 NZD
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4 van Warmelo, N. J. Place Names of the Kruger National Park
Pretoria The Government Printer 1961 First Edition Softcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Some rubbing and marks to covers. ; 61 pages. Printed thin card covers. Side-stapled. Page dimensions: 249 x 160mm. Series: Republic of South Africa - Department of Bantu Administration - Ethnological Publications. No. 476. 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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5 Bazaz, Prem Nath Daughters of the Vitasta - A History of Kashmiri Women from Early Times to the Present Day
New Delhi Pamposh Publications 1959 First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Good dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Blank corner clipped from a couple of leaves. Dust-jacket with tears and chips to margins. 1" chips at head and tail of dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket is price-clipped. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; [x], 279 pages. Blue boards with black lettering and rule on spine. Page dimensions: 239 x 152mm. Contents: Prefacel A General Survey; Celebrated Hindu Queens - Regnant; Illustated Hindu Queens - Consort; Other Noble Characters; Lalla: Harbinger of New Age; Eminent Muslim Queens; Habba: Songstress Becomes Queen; Some Remarkable Figures; Two Brave Souls; Farzi: From Slave-Girl to Ruler; Total Eclipse; Noble Work of Christian Missionaries; Years of Resurgence; Emergence from Darkness. By the author of "History of Struggle for Freedom in Kashmir" (1954). Prem Nath Bazaz, born 1905, formed the Kashmir Socialist Party in 1941, detained without trial by Kashmir Government 1947-1950, exiled from Kashmir 1950, detailed by Government of India for 1 year in Delhi Jail in 1955. 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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6 Broom, Robert (1866-1951) Some New Karroo Reptiles, With Notes on a Few Others,[;]On Two Pleistocene Golden Moles[;] and Bushmen, Koranas and Hottentots
Cambridge Cambridge University Press (1941) Softcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Paper spine rubbed and worn, with 30mm missing at head and tail. Some foxing. ; 3 papers, printed wrappers with titles of all three papers on front. All three papers by Robert Broom. An offprint, reprinted from "Annals of the Transvaal Museum, Vol. XX, Part 3, 1941". This copy inscribed by the author on front cover: "Mr. F. W. Strydon / with the author's / compts". Pagination: (195)-251, [3] pages + 6 plates. 30 in-text figures. The 6 plates all ccompany the last of the three papers, "Bushmen, Koranas and Hottentots". Page dimensions: 251 x 161mm. 
Price: 65.00 NZD
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7 Westra, Ans Washday at the Pa
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1964 Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Revised edition. "The present edition, though expanded by the author with twenty additional photographs and accompanying text, is substantially the book as first issued." [48] pages. Page dimensions: 237 x 177mm. [8] page printed "Publisher's Note" loosely included. "During August and September of 1964 the whole of New Zealand was talking about a book, and whether or not it ought to have been withdrawn from the schools [. . .] The house shown in the photographs did not have modern conveniences." - from the Publisher's Note. The publisher's note goes on to discuss the controversy the book caused - "For the future, then: will all school publications that deal with New Zealand life, whether Maori or Pakeha, have to be rendered scrupulously 'typical', at the urging of bodies such as the [Maori Women's Welfare] League? " New Zealand photographer Ans Westra. 
Price: 104.00 NZD
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8 Hamilton-Browne, G. (Col.) With the Lost Legion in New Zealand
London T. Werner Laurie [1911] First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Front free endpaper torn out. Gutter split at front hinge. Previous owner's signature of New Zealand historian James Gordon Wilson. "J. G. Wilson / Netherby". ; Colonial edition, with "COLONIAL EDITION" printed in black on front board. vii, [1], 397, [1] pages + [10] pages advertisements + frontispiece + 11 plates. Red cloth boards with black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 223 x 140mm. [Bibliographical reference: c.f. Bagnall H158 - "Inaccurate account of Whitmore's 'Corps of Guides' in Maori war by alleged participant."] 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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9 Stack, James West (Rev.) Kaiapohia - The Story of a Siege
Christchurch Whitcombe & Tombs 1893 First Edition Softcover Poor with no dust jacket 
Text block detached from covers. Last few leaves (pages 87-94) detached and loose, with small chips to blank margins near staples. ; 94 pages + frontispiece + 6 plates (including 1 double-page). Disbound. Later paper covers, hand-titled on front cover. Page dimensions: 180 x 122mm. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall S1460 - "The attack by Te Rauparaha and his allies on the Ngaitahu in 1830-31. Frontispiece port, incorrectly identified as Te Rauparaha instead of Rangihaeata."] 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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10 Maxwell, Peter Frontier: the Battle for the North Island of New Zealand, 1860-1872
Auckland Celebrity Books 2000 1877252034 / 9781877252037 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
372 pages. Page dimensions: 250 x 190mm. Illustrated. "The New Zealand wars were fought, not just for land, but for pride and stubbornness, for power, and for revenge. Neither race can claim innocence." - from blurb on front flap. 
Price: 83.20 NZD
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11 Alexander, James Edw. (Major-General Sir) Bush Fighting. Illustrated by Remarkable Actions and Incidents of the Maori War in New Zealand
London Sampson Low, Marston, Low and Searle 1873 First Edition Hardcover Poor with no dust jacket 
Ex-library, with late 19th / early 20th? century library label of the "Bridge of Allan Library and Reading Room". Leather worn with some loss at corners. Hinges reinforced with cloth tape. Moderate foxing. Fingermarks and staining to margins of some leaves. Lacking 4 plates. Joints strong. Binding is sound, graded poor overall because of the four missing plates.; xv, [1], 326 pages + frontispiece + folding colour map + 9 of 13 plates + 3 in-text illustrations. Half calf and marbled papered boards, rebacked with later leather spine. The folding map has contemporary hand colouring. The 9 plates include 7 maps, 5 of which have some blue hand-colouring to water areas. Contents: Chapter I: Bush fighting, where practised - Qualifications for it - Equipment of a bush fighter - Head-dress, and how one should be shod - Service in Africa, and in the American forest - Mounted riflemen - Americans appreciate them - Hants Mounted Rifles - First experience in bush fighting in the Andamans - Mounted Rifles at the Cape - The bush in New Brunswick - A sketch of the islands of New Zealand and the Maoris; Chapter II - The Tataraimaka block of land in Taranaki - Abandoned, and to be reoccupied - Appropriation of the Waitara block the cause of the previous war - Is now given up, yet the natives assume the offensive by a deed of blood - A party of officers and soldiers surprised by an ambuscade and slain - Preparations for attacking the hostile natives - Their positions in strong ground - General Cameron forms a corps of cavalry - Lieut. Wallis's adventure - The troops march out of New Plymouth [...] [16 chapters]. Illustrations: Attack on a Maori Pah (frontis with tissue guard present); Hand-coloured map of part of New Zealand (2/3 missing); Te Tarata, Hot Springs; Action at Katekara; Oakura Redoubt; Action at Koheroa; Maori Works at Mer-meri; Action at Rangiriri; Action at Rangiawhia; Action at Kaitake; Action at Orakau; Action at the Gate Pah; Action at Te Rangi; On the Waitara River; Te Arei Pah; Maori Outworks. Te Arei; Action at Nukumaru; Mount Egmont. [Many of these illustrations are plans or maps of the battle sites, with original hand colouring in blue to the margins of the water areas.] The gilt illustration on the front board show uniformed British soldiers in the foreground, with Maori fortifications on a hill in the background, along with plants identifiable as flax and tree ferns. Reference: Bagnall 79: "[...]a history of the engagements in Taranaki, Waikato and Bay of Plenty from 1862 in which British Army units took part." 
Price: 162.50 NZD
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12 Bickley, W. H. (ed.) Maroon - Highlights of One Hundred Years of Rugby in Queensland 1882-1982
Brisbane Queensland Rugby Union (1982) 0959310509 / 9780959310504 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued 
No signatures. Some rubbing to ends of spine and corners of boards.; This is copy number 1045, with rubber stamp "1045" on front endpaper. 169 pages. Illustrated boards. Page dimensions: 242 x 185mm. Numerous black and white illustrations. Australian rugby history. 
Price: 48.10 NZD
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13 Sendich, Munir English Counter Russian - Essays on Criticism of Literary Translation in America
New York Peter Lang (1999) 0820440663 / 9780820440668 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Previous owner's signature and rubber stamp. Pencil marginalia. ; xiv, 236, [1] pages. Page dimensions: 228 x 151mm. "English Counter Russian examines English/Russian literary translations of works by seven renowned authors and a critic - Pasternak, Chukovsky, Voinovich, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Hemingway, and Paustovsky. Focusing on translation criticism that exposes all linguistic features of the original, this book includes the most salient qualities of the original's style and spirit. In so doing, Professor Sendich establishes linguistic categories best suitable for detection of translation's infelicities and excellence. Such a linguistic approach has helped him draw compelling conclusions regarding the overall quality and ranking of the translations." Series: Middlebury Studies in Russian Language and Literature. Vol. 20. 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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The Lonely Breed, Clarke, Ron & Norman Harris
14 Clarke, Ron & Norman Harris The Lonely Breed
London Pelham Books (1967) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Dust-jacked rubbed and creased, with small chips at corners. Dustjacket is price-clipped. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 187 pages + plates. Black boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 217 x 135mm. Sport - distance running. "Embracing the period 1886 to 1966, covering 21 individuals from 11 countries, this book is about distance runners and especially about men." - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 46.80 NZD
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A Good Keen Man, Crump, Barry
15 Crump, Barry A Good Keen Man
Wellington A. H. & A. W. Reed (1960) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
No signatures. 1" missing at head of dust-jacket spine. 1/2" chips at corners of dust-jacket and tail of dust-jacket spine. Rubbing, foxing, and some staining to dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; First printing. 192 pages. Brown papered boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 216mm x 136mm. Illustrated by Dennis Turner. The author's first book. One of New Zealand's most popular authors. Tales of deer hunting in the New Zealand bush and back blocks. "Trevor trod heavily about the hut in unlaced boots building a fire and swinging the first tea bully of the day." - the opening sentence. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall C1825 - "Sketches based on the experiences of a deer culler in the North Island".] 
Price: 110.50 NZD
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Collected Stories, Sargeson, Frank
16 Sargeson, Frank Collected Stories
Auckland Blackwood & Janet Paul 1964 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. A nice, clean copy. ; First printing. 304 pages. Blue boards with light blue and silver lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 204 x 126mm. New Zealand author. "Here are collected for the first time all of the stories, many of them long unobtainable, except a handful that the author does not wish to reprint." - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 58.50 NZD
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The Taieri Plain: Tales of the Years that are Gone, Shaw, Margaret S. & Edgar D. Farrant
17 Shaw, Margaret S. & Edgar D. Farrant The Taieri Plain: Tales of the Years that are Gone
Christchurch Capper Press (1977) Hardcover Good+ in Fair dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Dust-jacket with large tears and some chips to spine and front panel, extensive adhesive tape repairs on reverse side. Dust-jacket in plastic jacket with adhesive edges. ; 1977 Capper Press facsimile reprint of the 1949 first edition. This copy signed by one of the authors on title page, "Edgar Farrant". xii, 238 pages + frontispiece + plates. Red-brown boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 213 x 135mm. New Zealand regional history. Contents: Foreword; Preface; Introduction; Early Settlers; The Great Exodus; West Taieri; The Berwick-Maungatua Road; County, Borough and Town; The River; The River Settlements; Allanton and Riverside; East Taieri and Mosgiel Junction; Mosgiel and Industry; North Taieri; Churches, Schools, Medical Services; Sport and Recreation; Wingatui; Farming; Roll of Honour; Bibliography; Index. 
Price: 45.50 NZD
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Dragons Teeth - Literature in the English Revolution, Wilding, Michael
18 Wilding, Michael Dragons Teeth - Literature in the English Revolution
Oxford Clarendon Press 1987 0198128819 / 9780198128816 First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Good dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and labels. 1" tears at corners of dust-jacket . Small piece of adhesive tape at one corner of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; [viii], 280 pages. Dark blue boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Page dimensions: 215 x 138mm. ""Books", said Milton, "are like dragons' teeth that spring up armed men." This study looks at some of the armed men that Milton, Marvell, Browne, and Butler sent off to fight, and offers a series of readings of 17th-century literary texts in the historical and political context of the English Revolution. Confronting the formalist taboo on historical and political context, these essays offer challenging new readings, exploring issues of war and peace, of economic exploitation, social repression and the radical politics of the Levellers and Diggers. "Religio Medici", usually read as a retired and impartial meditation upon eternal verities, is shown to be a combatively reactionary text, partisan in the press controversies on the eve of the Civil War. "Comus" is seen to be permeated with explosive political and religious tension. Instead of the ambivalently poised Marvell, we see a calculating Cromwellian propagandist. Milton's radicalism is demonstrated in its continuity, with studies of the early poems, "Comus", "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained" and "Samson Agonistes". As T.S. Eliot said, the Civil War of the 17th century has never been concluded. The issues that resulted in revolution three centuries ago have their part and their relevance in the issues confronting us today, as these essays readably and persuasively demonstrate. This is a book for students of 17th-century English literature and history and political scientists of the period." 
Price: 45.50 NZD
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Kauri 100 Years - The Centenary of Kauri Timber Company Limited 1888-1988, Pink, Kerry
19 Pink, Kerry Kauri 100 Years - The Centenary of Kauri Timber Company Limited 1888-1988
Smithton, Tasmania Kauri Timber Company (1988) 0731639510 / 9780731639519 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good+ dust jacket 
Some foxing. No signatures. Moderate rubbing and creasing to dust-jacket. A 2" tear in front panel of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 80 pages. Cream boards with dark brown lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 210 x 145mm. Colour and black-and-white photographic illustrations. HIstory of an Austrlian logging company. "The Kauri Timber Company Ltd. formed in Melbourne in 1888 [. . .] With its operations now centred on the hardwood forests of Cicruclar Head on Tasmania's North-West Coast, Kauri has developed its Chatlee complex at Smithton to one of the biggest and most technically advanced hardwood mills in Australia." - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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The History of the Surgeons' Company 1745-1800, Wall, Cecil
20 Wall, Cecil The History of the Surgeons' Company 1745-1800
London Hutchinson's Scientific & Technical Publications (1937) First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued 
Previous owner's small address label on front endpaper.Some fading to spine. Some light bumps to edges and corners of boards. ; 256 pages + frontispiece + 8 illustrations on 7 plate leaves + 12 pages advertisements. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine, gilt coat-of-arms on front board. Page dimensions: 214 x 137mm. 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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