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1 Barrer, N. A. R. The Misty Isle
Christchurch Whitcombe and Tombs (1966) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dust jacket 
Dust-jacket with dampstains, ripples and creasing. A few 1/2" and smaller tears to margins of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 209, [2] pages + plates. Green boards with black lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 183 x 122mm. Principally the autobiographical reminscences of the author, who grew up in the Nelson / Marlbourgh region in the mid-20th century, with some notes on the earlier history of the area. Includes a short appendix on early Picton. Selected chapter titles: Brooklyn; Yachting and the Sounds; Homesteads in the Sounds; Early Church History; Wellington Girls' High School; Student Days at Canterbury College; Professors I Have Known; Hukarere Maori Girls' School, Napier. 
Price: 35.00 NZD
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2 Laurie-Long, E. [Ernest] Abaft 'Midships
London Ward, Lock & Co. (1951) Hardcover Very Good- in Good+ dust jacket 
Previous owner's rubber stamp and bookseller's blindstamp on front endpaper. Small tears and chips to corners of dust-jacket and ends of dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 1951 reprint. 256 pages. Red boads with black lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 185 x 120mm. Nautical novel. "Lady Betty Wenfield, a young society woman, feeling herself responsible for a motor accident in which her husband is killed, decides to take her motor yacht, the Uhussie, to the Far East on a self-imposed task of investigating the mystery of the disappearance of an old friend, seven years previously. With the assistance of a down-and-out beachcomber who ships as mate, an American reporter looking for copy and a Chinese crew, the Uhussie sails from Penang to find herself soon involved with both the British and U.S.A. authorities, and also with native hatred and intrigue." - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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3 Dargavel, John (ed.) Australia's Ever-Changing Forests III - Proceedings of the Third National Conference on Australian Forest History
Canberra Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, ANU (1997) 0867404884 / 9780867404883 First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
vi, 360 pages. Page dimensions: 251 x 174mm. Various contributors. Illustrated. "This volume contains 27 papers presented in 1996 at the Third National Conference on Australian Forest History. The first ten papers are concerned with concepts and aspects of forest age. They range from ideas of age in the Greek and Latin classics to the first attempts to age Australian trees and to current community perceptions of 'old-growth'. The papers span the continent from the jarrah and karri forests of Western Australian to the those [sic] of Queensland with the addition of three contributions from New Zealand." - from blurb on rear cover. 
Price: 91.00 NZD
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4 Baker, Sidney, J. New Zealand Slang - A Dictionary of Colloquialisms
Christchurch Whitcombe and Tombs [1941] First Edition Hardcover Fair with no dust jacket 
Paper spine very rubbed and worn. 30mm abrasion to paper on front board. Internally good.; [vi], 114 pages. Papered card boards. Page dimensions: 184 x 123mm. "The first comprehensive survey yet made of indigenous English speech in this country - from the argot of whaling days to children's slang in the twentieth century." - from title page. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall B92 - "Section on English-Maori transliterations."] 
Price: 32.50 NZD
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5 Hosie, Lady Brave New China
London Hodder and Stoughton (1941) Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature and address on front endpaper. Dunedin bookseller's ticket on front endpaper, Newbold's Bookshop. Dust-jacket is price-clipped. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; This is the 1941 reprint of the 1940 "Black Jacket" edition. This title was originally published in 1938. 288 pages + frontispiece. Grey-green boards with black lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 175 x 112mm. Map of China on front endpaper. The "account of a journey she made from south to north and east to west of China, beginning in the Summer of 1936 and ending shortly before the outbreak of hostilities with Japan. From the nature of her past connections with China - through her father, missionary and Chinese scholar, and her husband, in the British Consular Service - the halting points of her travels were educational institutions, official headquarters, both Chinese and British, missions and the homes of intellectuals." - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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6 Foote, W. J. The Decision - Behind the Wire in New Zealand
Nelson The Glen Press (1983) First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Signed by the author in blue ink on the title page. 110, [2] pages. Page dimensions: 189 x 118mm. A novel. A New Zealand conscientious objector in World War Two. "He survives the immediate internment and emerges to find his beliefs repeatedly put to the test for the rest of his life." "Dedicated to war resisters everywhere." 
Price: 35.00 NZD
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7 Dallas, Ruth Song for a Guitar and Other Songs
Dunedin University of Otago Press (1976) First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Spine faded.; 55 pages. Yellow printed wrappers. Page dimensions: 214 x 138mm. New Zealand poet. Selected and with an introduction by Charles Brasch. 
Price: 32.50 NZD
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Adventures in Geyserland - Life in New Zealand's Thermal Regions, including the Story of the Tarawera Eruption and the Destruction of the Famous Terraces of Rotomahana, Warbrick, Alfred (Patiti); with a Preface by James Cowan
8 Warbrick, Alfred (Patiti); with a Preface by James Cowan Adventures in Geyserland - Life in New Zealand's Thermal Regions, including the Story of the Tarawera Eruption and the Destruction of the Famous Terraces of Rotomahana
Dunedin A. H. and A. W. Reed (1934) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
No signatures. Dust-jacket margins with creasing and some small tears. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; Uncommon. 157, [2] pages + frontispiece + 7 plate leaves. Red boards with black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 180 x 121mm. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall W304.] 
Price: 90.00 NZD
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Provincial Medical & Surgical Journal. 1845., Streeten, Robert J. N. (ed.); [Provincial Medical and Surgical Association]
9 Streeten, Robert J. N. (ed.); [Provincial Medical and Surgical Association] Provincial Medical & Surgical Journal. 1845.
London John Churchill 1845 First Edition Hardcover Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Lacking most of one leaf (pp. 697-8, torn out). Joints rubbed. 2" split to leather at tail of front joint. Boards rubbed. Chip to paper on front board, and wear and chips to paper along edges of boards. Leather corners worn. ; Volume 9? [ii],764 pages + [10] page Index. Lacking half of one leaf (pp. 697-698 of issue No. 48, 26 November 1845.) Otherwise complete 53 weekly issues for the year 1845. Contemporary half calf and marbled pastepaper boards. Red lettering piece on spine. Marbled endpapers. Page dimensions: 246 x 157mm. Binder's ticket on front endpaper "John Pritchard, Bookbinder and Stationer, Bangor St., Carnavon." Spine has "Vol. 3 / 1845" however we think these 1845 issues are Volume 9 after comparing information on Jstor. (The issues themselves have only the issue number and date, and no volume number. The issues run from "No. 1.January 1, 1845" to "No 53, December 31, 1845." Tex in double columns. A couple of in-text illustrations - pp. 615; 710. Contents includes: "Case of Traumatic Tetanus - Exhibition of the Extract of Indian Hemp (Cannabis Indica) - Death - Autopsy" by James Inglis (p.112, and continued in subsequent issues); "Statement of Sir James Graham" (p. 148); "Puerperal Fever" (p. 173); "Claims of Human Magnetism" (p. 184 and subsequent issues); "Strangulated Femoral Hernia" (p. 686); "On the Use of Cod-Liver Oil in Rheumatism" (p. 755). 
Price: 227.50 NZD
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East of the Rock and Pillar: A History of the Strath Taieri and Macraes Districts, Thompson, Helen M.
10 Thompson, Helen M. East of the Rock and Pillar: A History of the Strath Taieri and Macraes Districts
Dunedin Otago Centennial Historical Publications 1949 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good dust jacket 
No signatures. A little bruising to lower edge of boards. Dust-jacket with chips to margins, small chip to dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; [xii], 204 pages + 12 plate leaves. Grey-green cloth boards with red lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 215 x 131mm. Contents: Foreword; Preface; An Empty Land; The Pastoralists Move In; West of the River; Seekers After Gold; Lines of Communication; Closer Settlement; District Development and Local Government; Church, School, and Medical Service; The Community is Organised; Three Wars; Roll of Honour; Bibliography; Index. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall T354.] 
Price: 45.50 NZD
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11 Driver, H. H. These Forty Years - Being a Revised Edition of "Our Work for God in India" - A Brief History of the New Zealand Baptist Missionary Society
Dunedin H. H. Driver 1927 First Edition Softcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Staples rusted. Some rubbing and marks to covers. A 1" tear at tail of spine, 3/8" tear at head of spine. ; Uncommon. 100 pages. Illustrated thin card wrappers. Page dimensions: 214 x 140mm. Illustrated. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall D637.] 
Price: 52.00 NZD
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James Archer Spurgeon, D.D. LL.D. Preacher, Philanthropist, and Co-Pastor with C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Pike, G. Holden; with a preliminary statement by Arthur T. Pierson
12 Pike, G. Holden; with a preliminary statement by Arthur T. Pierson James Archer Spurgeon, D.D. LL.D. Preacher, Philanthropist, and Co-Pastor with C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle
London Alexander & Shepheard 1894 0473029812 / 9780473029814 First Edition Hardcover Fair with No dust jacket as issued 
Main fault is the text block at some point has become detached from the covers, and an amateur repair job has glued the back of the text block back onto the spine, off-centre so that the top page edges are now even (actually protruding slightly above) the top of the boards, while the lower boards overhang the text by 3/8". Small 1/2" abrasion to cloth on front board. Contemporary "For Review" rubber stamp on title page. Previous owner's rubber name stamp on front endpaper "Rev. Dick Tripp." A good reading or working copy, or it could perhaps be rebound more skilfully.; Uncommon. viii, 223, [3] pages + [13] pages advertisements. Maroon cloth board with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Gilt decoration in centre of front board. Page dimensions: 191 x 124mm. A biography of the brother of Charles H. Spurgeon, by the author of "The Life and Work of Charles Haddon Spurgeon" - "I now tell the story of the life and work of the late great preacher's brother, whose help was regarded in the light of a providential arrangement [. . .]" - page iii. 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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Sociable - Carefree - Delightful: A History of Scottish Country Dancing in New Zealand, Laidlaw, Margaret D. & Margaret M. Hutchison; assisted by Marjorie M. Crawford
13 Laidlaw, Margaret D. & Margaret M. Hutchison; assisted by Marjorie M. Crawford Sociable - Carefree - Delightful: A History of Scottish Country Dancing in New Zealand
Dunedin Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, New Zealand Branch 1995 0473029812 / 9780473029814 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
No signatures. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; [vi], 202 pages. Blue boards. Page dimensions: 209 x 148mm. Illustrated. 
Price: 35.00 NZD
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Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile, Speke, John Hanning
14 Speke, John Hanning Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile
Edinburgh William Blackwood and Sons 1864 Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Rebacked, with most of original spine cloth laid down. Spine cloth rubbed and with some ripples. 1/2" chips to cloth along edges of corners of boards. Later endpapers. The title leaf with creasing and tears up to 1" at blank margins. Some foxing to title leaf. The folding map at rear with a large 4" tear at upper left, running through the caption and scale bars. Chips to blank margin of advertising leaf at rear. All illustrations and maps present. Binding a little shaken, with pages 419-430 loosened and standing a little proud from the text block. ; Stated "Second Edition" on title page. One volume edition. xxxi, [1], 658 pages + [2] pages advertisements + frontispiece + 24 plate leaves + 1 large folding map (with colour details). Green cloth boards with gilt illustration on spine and front board. Rebacked. Page dimensions: 222 x 139mm. The illustrations are mostly wood-engravings. Besides the full page plates, there are many more smaller wood-engraved illustrations in the text. The frontispiece and the plate facing page 420 are steel engravings. John Hanning Speke (1827-1864) attempted to establish Lake Victoria as being the source of the Nile. 
Price: 350.00 NZD
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Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology) - Collected and Translated from the Hawaiian, Westervelt, W. D.
15 Westervelt, W. D. Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology) - Collected and Translated from the Hawaiian
Boston Geo. H. Ellis 1915 Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Front free endpaper torn out, with narrow split to gutter at front hinge. A blank front fly leaf still present preceding the frontispiece. Some rubbing to cloth at corners of boards. ; x, 263, [4 (Press Notices)] pages + frontispiece + 11 plates + 3 colour plates. Grey coarse weave cloth boards with illustration in black and white on front board. White lettering on spine and front board. "Star Edition" printed in white at tail of spine. Page dimensions: 152 x 96mm (6" x 3 3/4"). The frontispiece, 11 plates, and text are all printed in blue ink. The 3 colour plates are all of fishes, and are printed on a smoother paper laid down on to the leaves. The first colour fish plate appears to be a printed by a lithographic process? The second and third colour fish plates are relief colour half-tone prints. The colour fish illustrations are facing pages 74,154, and 212. 
Price: 113.75 NZD
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16 Crump, Barry (ed.) Bush Telegraph: A Collection of Original Verse
Auckland Firstlight Productions 1982 First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
This copy signed by Barry Crump on page 3, "Barry" in blue ink.; 56 pages. Page dimensions: 210 x 147mm. Poetry. Various authors, edited by Barry Crump. Cover illustration by Peggy Spicer. ; Signed by Editor 
Price: 36.40 NZD
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The Girl from Godmanchester, Hughes, Doris & Thomas Wright
17 Hughes, Doris & Thomas Wright The Girl from Godmanchester
London Herbert Jenkins (1934) First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
1" strip cut away from upper margin of front free endpaper. Some spots of foxing to page edges. Light stain to cloth at corner of rear board. Some creasing to spine cloth.; 312 pages + [8] pages advertisements. Light green cloth boards with dark green lettering and rule on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 184 x 121mm. Top page edges dyed blue-green. An historical novel. An "exiting and historically accurant roamce of the time of Queen Anne. The scenes are laid in the picturesque old sister-towns of Godmanchester and Huntingdon [. . .]" By the authors of "The Huntingdon Lady". 
Price: 91.00 NZD
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The Book of The Happy Warrior, Newbolt, Henry (Sir)
18 Newbolt, Henry (Sir) The Book of The Happy Warrior
London Longmans, Green and Co. 1931 Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
Ink school prize inscription on front endpaper, and school rubber stamps. High St School, Dunedin. Presented by W. R. Cameron to John Ryan, 1941. Contemporary price sticker on front flap of dust-jacket. Some rubbing to edges of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 1931 reprint. xiv, 284 pages + colour frontispiece. Green cloth boards with black lettering and illustration on spine and front board. Green dust-jacket with laid-on colour illustration. Page dimensions: 185 x 121mm. Black-and-white in-text illustrations. Series: "The Venture Library", No. 4. Children's historical fiction, mediaeval romances. "Stories of the great days of Chivalry, when gallan knight fought with sword and lance." Contents: The Song of Roland; Richard Coeur de Lion; St. Louis, King of France; Robin Hood; Bertrand du Guesclin and the Black Prince; News from Poitiers, 1356; France v. Gentlemen of England; The Chevalier Bayard; The Old English School; Chivalry of To-day. 
Price: 58.50 NZD
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19 [Nag's Head Press] Bookie - A New Miscellany - Stories . Poetry. Scholarship. Typography. Printology. Art. Culture (N. Z. ) . Criticism. Special Horse-Followers' Number [Bookie No. 1]
Christchurch The Nag's Head Press 1948 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Some fading to margins of covers. Some rust spots to covers over staples. ; Cover title: "Bookie. A New Miscellany from the Nag's Head Press Christchurch". Half-title: "Bookie No. 1". 100 pages. Pink printed wrappers. Page dimensions: 213 x 135mm. Some illustrations. Contributors include: Professor John Entwhistle; Jack Tuawhaiki III; Sir Tahu Clifford-Murphy; Tussock Lands & others. 
Price: 45.00 NZD
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Weaving the Unfinished Mats: Wesley's Legacy - Conflict, Confusion and Challenge in the South Pacific. Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society (NZ) Conference held at Crossroads Methodist Church, Papakura, Manukau City 27 January to 31 January 2005, Lineham, Peter (ed.)
20 Lineham, Peter (ed.) Weaving the Unfinished Mats: Wesley's Legacy - Conflict, Confusion and Challenge in the South Pacific. Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society (NZ) Conference held at Crossroads Methodist Church, Papakura, Manukau City 27 January to 31 January 2005
Auckland Wesley Historical Society (New Zealand) 2007 First Edition Softcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
160 pages. Softcover. Page dimensions: 210 x 147mm. Various contributors. Illustrated. ISSN 01108522. ; Proceeding No. 83 & 84 July 2007 
Price: 45.00 NZD
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