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1 Hall-Jones, F. G. Historical Southland
Invercargill H. & J. Smith 1945 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Spine faded. Small 1/4" tears to cloth at head of spine. Boards rubbed with some staining and marks. Split to gutter at front endpaper. Abrasions to front endpaper. Previous owner's signature. Some underlining and marginalia. ; 212 pages + 32 illustrations on 12 plate leaves. 6 small in-text maps + 1 small map of Southland on rear pastedown endpaper. Purple cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 215 x 135mm. New Zealand regional history. Contents includes: The Dusky Era: Cook, Vancouver, Malaspina, Raven, Bampton, Bass. The Endeavours; The Sealing Days; The Shore Whaling Stations; The Murihiku Maoris; The Crown and the Book; The Purchase of Southland; Pioneer Runholders; Early Exploration; The Separation Movement; The Province - The Menzies Period; The Province - The Taylor Period; Gold; The Coaching Days; Shipwrecks; Tragedies; Appendices; Chronology. 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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2 Davies, Judy Planning to Move, Moving to Plan - Living With Developmental Dyspraxia in New Zealand
Christchurch The Dyspraxis Support Group of New Zealand (2007) 047304658X / 9780473046583 Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. ; 148 pages. Some illustrations and diagrams. Page dimensions: 211 x 147mm. With contributions by parents and therapists of The Dyspraxia Support Group of New Zealand. 
Price: 45.50 NZD
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3 Torry, Malcolm Money for Everyone - Why We Need A Citizen's Income
Clifton Policy Press (2013) 1447311256 / 9781447311256 Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. A little rubbing to edges of covers.; xxiv, 300 pages. Page dimensions: 233 x 155mm. Politics, economics, UK, universal basic income. "Due to government cuts, the benefits system is currently a hot topic. In this timely book, a Citizen's Income (sometimes called a Basic Income) is defined as an unconditional, non-withdrawable income for every individual as a right of citizenship. This much-needed, timely book, written by an experienced researcher and author, is the first for over a decade to analyse the social, economic and labour market advantages of a Citizen's Income in the UK. It demonstrates that it would be simple and cheap to administer, would reduce inequality, enhance individual freedom and would be good for the economy, social cohesion, families, and the employment market. It also contains international comparisons and links with broader issues around the meaning of poverty and inequality, making a valuable contribution to the debate around benefits." 
Price: 32.50 NZD
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4 Mason, Malcolm J. The Way Out - A Kiwi Escapes in Italy
Hamilton Paul's Book Arcade (1946) First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Front free endpaper torn out. Spine and boards rubbed and faded. 1/2" tears to cloth at ends of spine.; 218 pages. Khaki cloth boards with black lettering on spine. 1 full page map. Military history, World War Two. Narrative of a New Zealand soldier, escaped as prisoner-of-war in Italy. 
Price: 32.50 NZD
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5 Idriess, Ion L. Over the Range - Sunshine and Shadow in the Kimberleys
Sydney Angus and Robertson (1956) Hardcover Very Good- in Good+ dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Some foxing. Some dust stains and adhesive tape marks to endpapers. Dust-jacket with 1/2" chip at head of spine, some smaller tears and chips to margins and corners. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 1956 reprint of the 1951 "New Edition", of a title first published in 1937. x, 246 pages + frontispiece + plates. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 215mm x 137mm. Map on front pastedown endpaper. "In these pages Mr Idriess records his experiences while accompanying a Nor'-West Mounted Police Patrol for twelve hundred miles through the Kimberleys, north of the King Leopold Range - one of the longest and most arduous patrols ever made in that wild region." - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 32.50 NZD
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Life of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan, of Kabul [Volume One only], Lal, Mohan
6 Lal, Mohan Life of the Amir Dost Mohammed Khan, of Kabul [Volume One only]
London Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans 1846 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Volume One only. Previous owner's ink signature dated Kabul, 1989 on title page. Cloth torn horizontally across head of spine, 1/2" below top edge. 1" tears to cloth at extremities of joints. A 2" tear to cloth along middle of rear joint. 1" and smaller loss of cloth along edges of corners of boards. Narrow splits to gutters at endpapers. Plates with some foxing.; Volume One only of two volumes. Title continues: "With His Political Proceedings Towards The English, Russian, and Persian Governments, Including The Victory And Disasters Of The British Army In Afghanistan." xviii, [2], 399 pages + 11 lithograph plates (including frontispiece). Original blind-stamped green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 223 x 142mm. Pale yellow coated endpapers. A primary source for the first Anglo-Afghan War. Mohan Lal Kashmiri (1812-1877) was an assistant to Alexander Burnes during the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-1842). [Reference: Wikipedia entry on Mohan Lal (Zutshi), accessed August 2017.] 
Price: 390.00 NZD
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The Red Chief - As Told By The Last Of His Tribe, Idriess, Ion L.
7 Idriess, Ion L. The Red Chief - As Told By The Last Of His Tribe
Sydney Angus And Robertson (1953) First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. No dust-jacket.; xxiv, [2], 226, [2] pages + frontispiece + plates. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 215mm x 138mm. "This is the story of the mighty warrior who once ruled the Gunnedah district, as it was told by 'King' Bungaree, the last of his tribe, two centuries later. The bones of the once feared Red Chief and the carved tree that marked his resting-place have been taken to a museum." 
Price: 32.50 NZD
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Historical Chronicles Of The Auckland Agricultural And Pastoral Association And Early Days Of The Auckland Province, Kalaugher, J. P
8 Kalaugher, J. P Historical Chronicles Of The Auckland Agricultural And Pastoral Association And Early Days Of The Auckland Province
Auckland Dawson Printing Company 1925 First Edition Softcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Fading to spine and covers. Small 1/8" tear at head of spine. Rusting to staples. Small chips to blank inner margin of title leaf around staples. Some foxing.; 73 pages. Printed pink wrappers. Page dimensions: 177 x 120mm. 
Price: 71.50 NZD
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Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, Ghosh, Gautam & Jacqueline Leckie (eds.)
9 Ghosh, Gautam & Jacqueline Leckie (eds.) Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand
Dunedin Otago University Press (2015) 1877578231 / 9781877578236 First Edition Softcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
No signatures. Some wear to lower corner of front cover.; 316 pages. Page dimensions: 231 x 148mm. "'Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand' presents thought-provoking new research on New Zealand's fastest-growing demographic - the geographically, nationally and historically diverse Asian communities. What kind of multicultural framework best suits New Zealand's rapidly expanding ethnic diversity? Can the Treaty of Waitangi - initially set up to accommodate British settlers and to recognise the tangata whenua - serve as the basis for New Zealand's immigration policy in the new millennium? Could all citizens embrace multiculturalism? Aotearoa New Zealand is a fusion of indigenous, settler and immigrant populations. This collection examining Asian communities in Aotearoa highlights the unresolved tensions between a dynamic biculturalism and the recognition of other ethnic minorities that are increasingly asserting themselves. Multiculturalism and Asian-ness are addressed together for the first time in this articulate addition to the ongoing debate about the population diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand." 
Price: 32.50 NZD
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The Expanding Case for the UFO, Jessup, M. K
10 Jessup, M. K The Expanding Case for the UFO
London Arco Publications (1957) Hardcover Very Good- in Good dust jacket 
Dust-jacket with losses and tears to spine. Adhesive tape repairs on reverse of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket is price-clipped. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; First UK edition. 240 pages. Grey cloth boards with black lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 212 x135mm. Some in-text illustrations. Follows on from the author's earlier "The Case for the UFO" (1955). Contents: A Fable - We Begin Again; Echoes of Meteorology: Falling Ice - Falling Stones and Shapes - Falling Organic Matter - Water and Clouds; Echoes of Astronomy: More Mysteries of Space - Levitation - Fossils:Mysteries - Ancient Records and Lore; Fireballs and Lights; Disappearing Planes and Crews; Selenology Speaks: The Satellite - The Silly Little Satellite - The Man-Made Moon - Mars and its Satellites - Before Rockets - Goddard's Rocket Experiments - Bagby's Satellites - Newton's Laws and Space Flight; The Moon: A Case to Consider - Beaten to the Moon? - "Let There Be Light" - On the Moon? - Ice - Atmosphere - Action - Obscuration - Hyginus-N - Spots and Streaks - Vegetation - Plato - Cleomedes - Fracastorius and Schickard - Alhazen - Messier and Messier-A - Selectivity and Structual Similarity - Unfocusable Nebulosities - Disappearances and Linné; Ethnology Speaks: Little People, Green and Otherwise - The Voice of Little People - The Voice of Geography - The Voices of Chronology and Antiquity - The Voice of Psychology - The Voice of Genealogy - The Voice of the Sphinx and the Pyramids - The Voice of Philology - The Voice of Theology and Mythology - The Voice of Witchcraft - The Voice of the Andes - The Voice of the Observer - The Voice of Cincinnati. 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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Salt Sea Tang, Robertson, Angus Cameron
11 Robertson, Angus Cameron Salt Sea Tang
Dunedin David M. Lister 1927 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Rebound. Portion of original cloth with white lettering laid down on front board. Later endpapers. Some foxing.; 362 pages. Rebound in red cloth boards. Page dimensions: 179 x 115mm. Angus Cameron Robertson was an Honorary Bard of The Gaelic Society of New Zealand. Mostly poetry, some prose. A couple of the poems are in Gaelic: "O cumaibh air chiumhne iad le rann agus duan". 
Price: 58.50 NZD
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Kiwi Saga, Uren, Martyn
12 Uren, Martyn Kiwi Saga
Cairo The Anglo Egyptian Book Shop / Al Ettemad Press [1943] First Edition Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
Foxing. Binding shaken, split to binding at gutter between pages 16 and 17. Dust-jacket with chips and tears at corners and ends of dust-jacket spine, some tears along folds. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; First printing. Egyptian edition, preceding the New Zealand edition. No date [1943]. 319, [1] pages + folding black-and-white map. Green cloth boards. Page dimensions: 191 x 136mm. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall U149.] 
Price: 45.50 NZD
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Windows on a Chinese Past. Volume 2: Round Hill - Alexander Don - Missions - Mixed Marriages - The Opium Evil, Ng, James
13 Ng, James Windows on a Chinese Past. Volume 2: Round Hill - Alexander Don - Missions - Mixed Marriages - The Opium Evil
Dunedin Otago Heritage Books (1995) 0908774613 / 9780908774616 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; Volume Two only of the four volumes of James Ng's monumental "Windows on a Chinese Past". This copy signed by the author in blue ink on the title page "James Ng". 356 pages + maps on endpapers. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 298 x 208mm. "There were several places on the Otago goldfields where the Chinese miners gathered in large enough numbers to be comparable with the European population, and this was particularly so at Round Hill - not only one of the largest concentrations of Chinese in southern New Zealand, but the msot southerly Chinese settlement anywhere in the world." - from dust-jacket blurb. ; 4to; Signed by Author 
Price: 162.50 NZD
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Maoria. A Sketch of the Manners and Customs of the Aboriginal Inhabitants of New Zealand, Johnstone, J. C. (Captain)
14 Johnstone, J. C. (Captain) Maoria. A Sketch of the Manners and Customs of the Aboriginal Inhabitants of New Zealand
London Chapman and Hall 1874 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Boards rubbed and stained and faded. 1/4" missing to cloth at ends of spine. Hinges broken, with spine mull visible at gutters at endpapers. Split to gutter between pages xvi and 1. Some abrasions to front endpaper where paper labels have been removed. ; xvi, 199 pages. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and black decoration on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 200 x 128mm. The author was a captain in the Bengal Army. [Bibliographical Reference: Bagnall 2914 - "The author's impressions of Maori life and character told in fictional form".] Selected contents: Frost-fish; SpermWhales; Native Fortifications; Cooking Houses; Maori Maidens; Tattooing; Wooden Swords; A Magic Grove; Maori Superstitions; Cannibalism; The Battle of Waipuna; The Ariki's Death; A Last Prophecy; An Eel Story; Keia's Front Tooth; The Tohunga Makes an Excursion; The Taro of Hawaiki; The Buffalo of North America; Preparation of Fern Root; The Return to Ngutukaka; Advance of the Rarawa; Sickness among the Garrison; Removal of the Tapu; The Tohunga on the Edge of the Abyss. ; 8vo 
Price: 150.00 NZD
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Razor #2, Horrocks, Dylan; Cornelius Stone (eds.); various contributors.
15 Horrocks, Dylan; Cornelius Stone (eds.); various contributors. Razor #2
[Auckland?] [Dylan Horrocks & Cornelius Stone] [1985] First Edition Softcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued 
No signatures. Some rubbing and dust stains to covers.; New Zealanc comic. Second issue. 64 pages (including covers). Page dimensions: 293 x 207mm. Contributors: Stephen Jewell; Graham Hedgeman; Dylan Horrocks; Kupe; Cornelius Stone; Paul Shirrifs. Mostly comics, short letters section and some short reviews, including a short review of the 1985 film "Dune", and a review by Cornelius Stone of Harvey Pekar's "American Splendor". 
Price: 65.00 NZD
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Preservation Inlet, Watt, J. O. P.
16 Watt, J. O. P. Preservation Inlet
Invercargill Times Printing Service (1971) First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. No tears to dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; [xii], 131 pages. Blue boards with silver lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 207 x 145mm. 21 illustrations. Maps on endpapers. New Zealand regional history, Fiordland. Contents: The Early Days; Settlements Planned; Coal and Gold; Quartz Mining; "Golden Site" and "Morning Star"; The Brightest Spot; Varying Fortunes; Disappointing Year; A Gradual Decline; Alluvial Mining; Hard Conditions; Cromarty and Longbeach; Sawmilling; The Track; The Wreck that Never Was. 
Price: 119.50 NZD
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Memoir of the Rev. Henry Martyn, B.D., Martyn, Henry (Rev.); edited by John Sargent
17 Martyn, Henry (Rev.); edited by John Sargent Memoir of the Rev. Henry Martyn, B.D.
London Printed for J. Hatchard and Son 1819 Hardcover Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Early owner's inscription on front fly leaf "Joseph Crisp to Jane Crispe with his affectionate love".; Third edition. [2], (v)-xv, [1], 508 pages. Leaf [A]2 removed, as issued? (This is the leaf following the title leaf, and preceding the Preface and Contents leaves.) Rebound in quarter leather and brown cloth boards by amateur binder. Extracts from the journals kept by Rev. Martyn. "The third part is extracted from an account which he drew up of his visit to Shiraz in Persia" - from the Preface, page v. Rev. Henry Martyn (1781-1812) was an Anglican priest, and a missionary in India and Persia. He produced translations of the New Testament into several languages - Hindustani, Urdu and Persian. [Reference: Wikipedia entry on Henry Martyn, accessed August 2017.] "But it was impossible not to recollect that here Alexander and his Greeks passed and repassed - here they sat, and sung, and revelled; now all is silence - generation on generation lie mingled with the dust of their mouldering edifices" - page 400. "The Prince Abbas Mirza, the wisest of the King's sons, and heir to the Throne, was here some time after my arrival. I much wished to present a copy of the Persian New Testament to him, but I could not rise from my bed. The book, however, will be given to him by the Ambassador. Public curiosity about the Gospel, now for the first time, in the memory of the modern Persians, introduced into the country, is a good deal excited here and at Shiraz, and at other places [. . .]" - page 466. 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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Blisters, Bugs & Abandoned Underwear - A Solo Trek of New Zealand, Fleming, Stuart
18 Fleming, Stuart Blisters, Bugs & Abandoned Underwear - A Solo Trek of New Zealand
[New Zealand] Published by the author (2014) 0473290944 / 9780473290948 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
Previous owner's name scribbled out on first leaf.; This copy inscribed and signed by the author, "Enjoy your adventure! St Fleming". [viii], 279 pages. Page dimensions: 210 x 147mm. Colour illustrations. Account of the author's attempt to walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff. 
Price: 45.00 NZD
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Joseph Weaver Allen - Photographer - Eighth Series from the Hardwicke Knight Collection, Knight, Hardwicke
19 Knight, Hardwicke Joseph Weaver Allen - Photographer - Eighth Series from the Hardwicke Knight Collection
Dunedin Published by the author (1997) 0958344922 / 9780958344920 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
Uncommon. An edition of 100 copies. [4], 129 pages + 3 folding plates. Page dimensions: oblong 297 x 209mm. Plastic comb binding. Cover title: "Joseph Weaver Allen Photography". Typeset and printed by the University of Otago Printing Department. Reproductions of the Joseph Weaver Allen's19th century photographs, mostly of Dunedin. 
Price: 150.00 NZD
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Coxhead Brothers -  Photographers of Dunedin, Invercargill and Timaru - Seventh Series from the Hardwicke Knight Collection, Knight, Hardwicke
20 Knight, Hardwicke Coxhead Brothers - Photographers of Dunedin, Invercargill and Timaru - Seventh Series from the Hardwicke Knight Collection
Dunedin Published by the author (1996) 0958344914 / 9780958344913 First Edition Softcover Very Good+ with no dust jacket 
Uncommon. This is copy number 58 of an 100 copies. Signed by the author. xvii, [1], 81 pages. Page dimensions: oblong 295 x 210mm. Plastic comb binding. Cover title: "Coxhead Brothers Photography". Typeset and printed by the University of Otago Printing Department. Reproductions of the Coxhead brothers' 19th century photographs, mostly of Dunedin. Also includes reproductions of the fourteen photographs in Frank Coxhead's Album of Dunedin in 1860, which were reproduced in 1883 by Frank Coxhead from "the original plates taken by William Meluish". Includes biographical / historical essay on the Coxhead brothers and their work as photographers. "There is no reason why we should not speak of a New Zealand photography as confidently of identifying something that went to the making of New Zealand, illuminating its cultural patterns and the lives of the people, as some American photo-historians do in their studies of their national photography from the time of Matthew Brady." - page xvi. Subtitled: "Harry Coxhead 1847-1885 / Frank Arnold Coxhead 1851-c1919". 
Price: 150.00 NZD
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