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Report of The Waitangi Tribunal on The Motunui-Waitara Claim (WAI 6), Waitangi Tribunal
1 Waitangi Tribunal Report of The Waitangi Tribunal on The Motunui-Waitara Claim (WAI 6)
Wellington Waitangi Tribunal (1989) 0908810032 / 9780908810031 Second Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Light crease to front cover. ; v, [1], 72 pages. Light grey illustrated card covers. Page dimensions: 296 x 209mm. Cover title: "Motunui-Waitara Report - Waitangi Tribunal 1983". Front cover design by Cliff Whiting. "We have made inquiry into a claim by and on behalf of the Te Atiawa people of Taranaki that they are prejudicially affected by the discharge of seqage and industrial waste onto or near certain traditional fishing grounds and reefs and that the pollustion of the fishing grounds is inconsistent with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi." - from the Introduction, page 1. 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Catalogue of an Exhibition of Africana - Comprising a selection of Original Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Aquatints and Engravings, Rare Books, Maps and Plans, Manuscripts and Autography Letters, Portraits, Currency Notes, Coins, Medals, Ephemera In the New Library Building - University of the Witwatersrand - Johannesburg - Opened on 12th March, 1934 by H. R. H. Prince George, Morrison, W. R. (compiled by)
2 Morrison, W. R. (compiled by) Catalogue of an Exhibition of Africana - Comprising a selection of Original Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Aquatints and Engravings, Rare Books, Maps and Plans, Manuscripts and Autography Letters, Portraits, Currency Notes, Coins, Medals, Ephemera In the New Library Building - University of the Witwatersrand - Johannesburg - Opened on 12th March, 1934 by H. R. H. Prince George
Johannesburg Printed by Hortors 1934 Softcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Small tears and chips to margins of wrappers. Label of Witwatersrand University Press on inside of front cover. ; 48 pages + frontispiece + plates. Light blue printed wrappers with yapped edges. Page dimensions: 243 x 184mm. 601 items. Some illustrations. "The exhibition of Africana displayed in the Library to-day offers the first opportunity of giving some explanation to the Citizens of the Reef of the ideas underlying the Gubbins' Collection." - page 5. 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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Rearing and Training a Sheep Dog, Broad, E. G.
3 Broad, E. G. Rearing and Training a Sheep Dog
Wellington N. Z. Department of Agriculture / Government Printer (1960) Softcover Poor with No dust jacket as issued 
Rear cover lacking. Small tears to front cover. Final leaf tatty with large tears. Side-stapled with many later staples. Spine worn and torn. ; 1960 printing, with revisions. 22 pages. Lacking rear cover. Page dimensions: 214 x 137mm. Illustrated. "The well trained, obedient sheep dog is not produved hurriedly or without effort. His efficiency is the result of careful attention by his trainer to breeding, selection, and the art of sound training. This bulletin deals with the breeding and rearing of a sheep dog and the necessary handling and training he must be given from birth until he is qualified to work expertly with sheep." - page 1. ; N. Z. Department of Agriculture. Bulletin No. 308 
Price: 29.70 NZD
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Gillies: Surgeon Extraordinary - A Biography, Pound, Reginald
4 Pound, Reginald Gillies: Surgeon Extraordinary - A Biography
London Michael Joseph (1964) First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Spine faded. Moderate foxing. Blank corner clipped from front free endpaper. Lacking the dust-jacket. ; 264 pages + frontispiece + plates. Brown boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 216 x 136mm. A biography of "founder of modern plastic surgery". "In World War One, Gillies was an heroic figure working at first alone as an innovator of new methods of restoring war shattered faces to human semblance" - from blurb. 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Fire Over the Islands - The Coast Watchers of the Solomons, Horton, D. C.
5 Horton, D. C. Fire Over the Islands - The Coast Watchers of the Solomons
Sydney A. H. & A. W. Reed (1970) 0589070894 / 9780589070892 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
Previous owner's name and address on front endpaper. A 40mm tear to front panel of dust-jacket, with adhesive tape repair on reverse. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; xiv, 256 pages + plates. Red boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 215 x 137mm. Maps on endpapers. Military history, World War Two, Pacific. Coastwatching. "A particularly interesting feature of the book is the inside story of the rescue of Lieutenant John F. Kennedy and the crew of PT 109 by Reg Evans and his islander Coast Watchers" - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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School Journal - Part 4 - Number Two - 1974, [Various contributors, including Barry Crump; Ruth Dallas]
6 [Various contributors, including Barry Crump; Ruth Dallas] School Journal - Part 4 - Number Two - 1974
Wellington School Publications Branch / Department of Education 1974 First Edition Softcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
No signatures.; Single issue of the New Zealand school journal. 80 pages. Page dimensions: 199 x 138mm. Cover photograph by Roger Donaldson. This issue includes the short story "Clarry Anything" by Barry Crump (pp. 63-69, illustrated by Tom McWilliams); and the poem "Rain" by Ruth Dallas (p. 8). Other contributors include Marie Prendeville; Michael King; Walter de la Mare; Rabindranath Tagore. 
Price: 27.00 NZD
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Quain's Elements of Anatomy - Appendix - Superficial and Surgical Anatomy. [Appendix volume only], Schafer, Edward Albert & George Dancer Thane (eds.); R. J. Godlee
7 Schafer, Edward Albert & George Dancer Thane (eds.); R. J. Godlee Quain's Elements of Anatomy - Appendix - Superficial and Surgical Anatomy. [Appendix volume only]
London Longmans, Green, and Co. 1896 Hardcover Good with No dust jacket as issued 
Some foxing. Some neat pencil marginalia. Previous owner's signature "T. Hutchinson / 31 July 1896". Same owner's rubber name stamp. Some rubbing and wear to cloth at corners of boards and ends of spine. A little bruising to corners of boards.; Appendix only of a three volume (+ Appendix) set. Stated "Tenth edition." This Appendix by Professor G. D. Thane & Professor R. J. Godlee. [iv], 76 pages + 4, (7)-14 (of 16) pages advertisements. Lacking two advertisement leaves at rear, torn out (5-6 & 15-16). Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 255 x 163mm. Illustrated with 29 figures (wood engravings). The illustrations are principally black-and-white, but many have some printed colour in red and blue. Contents of this volume: Superficial Anatomy of the Head and Neck; Superficial Anatomy of the Trunk; Table of Levels of Structures in the Trunk; Superficial Anatomy of the Upper Limb; Superficial Anatomy of the Lower Limb; Anatomy of the Groin: Hernia; The Perineum of the Male; Examination of the Pelvic Viscera; Index. 
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Quain's Elements of Anatomy - Vol. II. - Part I. Osteology [This part only], Schafer, Edward Albert & George Dancer Thane (eds.)
8 Schafer, Edward Albert & George Dancer Thane (eds.) Quain's Elements of Anatomy - Vol. II. - Part I. Osteology [This part only]
London Longmans, Green, and Co. 1890 Hardcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Some foxing. Some neat pencil marginalia. Previous owner's signature "T. Hutchinson / 2 Septr. 1893". Same owner's rubber name stamp. Some rubbing and wear to cloth at corners of boards and ends of spine. ; Volume Two, Part One only of a three volume (+ Appendix) set. Stated "Tenth edition." This part by Professor [G. D.] Thane. [iv], 146 pages. Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 255 x 163mm. Illustrated with 168 figures (wood engravings). This part covers Osteology. Contents of this volume: The Skeleton and Bones Generally; The Vertebral Column; The Thorax; The Bones of the Head; The Skull as a Whole; General Morphology of the Bones of the Head; Bones of the Upper Limb; The Pelvis and Lower Limb; Morphology of the Bones of the Limbs. 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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There and Back, Crump, Barry
9 Crump, Barry There and Back
Sydney Humorbooks (1966) Softcover Good with No dust jacket as issued Illustrated by Turner, Dennis 
Foxing. Covers faded, some wear to corners.; Paperback reprint. 187 pages. Page dimensions: 184 x 112mm. The author's third book. 
Price: 21.60 NZD
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Rupert Annual 1962, Bestall, Alfred.
10 Bestall, Alfred. Rupert Annual 1962
London Daily Express 1962 First Edition Hardcover Fair with no dust jacket Illustrated by Bestall, Alfred 
Spine worn with splits at lower end. Some wrinkles from dampness. Magic paintings completed, messy. A rough reading copy.; 115 pages. Illustration on front board shows Rupert and his friends throwing snowballs. First story is "Rupert and the Dragon Fly". 
Price: 32.40 NZD
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Mr. Churchill in Norway, Caesar, Caius Julius; edited by S. A. Handford
11 Caesar, Caius Julius; edited by S. A. Handford Mr. Churchill in Norway
Oslo Alb. Cammermeyers Forlag [1948] First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Spine rubbed and abraded with small losses. 1/2" chips at ends of spine. Some wear to corners and edges of boards. Internally very good. ; [ii], 56 pages. Red boards with felt-like texture, silver lettering on front board. Page dimensions: 292 x 202mm. Text in Norwegian and English in parallel columns. Illustratd with black-and-white photographic illustrations. Half-title: "Churchill I Norge". 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Caesar: Gallic War - Books II & III, Caesar, Caius Julius; edited by S. A. Handford
12 Caesar, Caius Julius; edited by S. A. Handford Caesar: Gallic War - Books II & III
London Methuen & Co. (1952) Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Some fading to boards. School library rubber stamps on front endpaper. Some small adhesive tape stains to endpapers.; Books Two and Three of Caesar's "The Gallic War". vii, [3], 107 pages. Blue papered boards. Page dimensions: 170 x 106mm. Text in Latin, with introduction and notes in English. 2 maps. ; Methuen's Classical Texts 
Price: 27.00 NZD
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My Life. From 1815 to 1849. [Volume Two only.], Loftus, Charles
13 Loftus, Charles My Life. From 1815 to 1849. [Volume Two only.]
London Hurst and Blacket 1877 First Edition Disbound Poor with No dust jacket as issued 
Text block detached from covers. Needs rebinding. Previous owner's pencil signature on title page, crossed out in ink. Some pencil marginalia.; Volume Two only of two volumes. [viii], 362 pages. Original green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Disbound, text block separated from covers. Page dimensions: 186 x 124mm. "In the midst of all the gaieties going on, I received a letter from Lord James Townshend, Colonel of the Norfolk Rangers, begging me to come down to Yarrow, for they were to be out in two days' time. They were to assemble at Fakenham, as a riot was expected among the farm-labourers, on account of a horse-thrashing machine, which had been brought into Norfolk." - the opening sentences. 
Price: 60.75 NZD
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14 Hearn, Terry Nenthorn: Gold And The Gullible
Dunedin Otago Heritage Books (1988) 0959772375 / 9780959772371 First Edition Softcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
No signatures. ; 68 pages. Illustrated card wrappers. Page dimensions: 238mm x 178mm. Illustrated in B&W and colour. "Nenthorn was Otago's last quartz goldmining rush. Its rapid rise to prominence was matched only by its equally rapid decline: discovery, boom and bust all occurred within the few short years, 1888 - 1891. The recovery of the records of the Warden's Courts of Central Otago, and the discovery of the liquidation records of some of Nenthron's ill-fated companies provided an opportunity to study in detail the people and processes involved in the creation, management and collapse of a mining system." - from the foreword. Contents: Ready for a Miracle; 'A Second Thames'; A Working Man's Diggings?; A Huge Fizzle?; Into Liquidation; After the Boom; Leading Men to Ruin; Index. ; 4to 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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Trump: The Art of the Comeback, Trump, Donald J.; with Kate Bohner
15 Trump, Donald J.; with Kate Bohner Trump: The Art of the Comeback
New York Times Books / Random House (1997) 0812929640 / 9780812929645 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Yellow highlighting on three pages. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; First printing (stated "First Edition", with number line "24689753" on copyright page.) xx, 244, [1] pages. Black boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 234 x 153mm (9 1/8" x 6"). Mr Trump's third book. "Now I am doing the book that I wanted to do even more than my first book." - page xiii. Contents: Introduction; The Battle Begins; Rebuilding the Boardwalk; Wall to Wall - Plush; Mar-A-Lago; Trump International; Master of the Universe; Trump Tower; The Women In (and Out) of My Life; The Art of the Prenup; The Really Big One; The Press and Other Germs; Investing; Dealing; Ingredients for Success; Acknowledgements; Index. "The Donald is back - wiser, wealthier, and more outspoken than ever." - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 105.00 NZD
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A National Policy - An Account of the Emergency Programme Advanced by Sir Oswald Mosley M.P., Young, Allan & John Strachey; W. J. Brown; Aneurin Bevan
16 Young, Allan & John Strachey; W. J. Brown; Aneurin Bevan A National Policy - An Account of the Emergency Programme Advanced by Sir Oswald Mosley M.P.
London Macmillan and Co. 1931 First Edition Softcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
No signature. Light foxing to covers.; iv, 63 pages. Self wraps. Pagination includes front cover and inside of rear cover. Page dimensions: 198 x 131mm. "This exposition of the emergency policy put forward by Sir Oswal Mosley and sixteen other Labour members of Parliament was drafted by Allan Young - John Strachey, M.P. - W. J. Brown, M.P. - Aneurin Bevan, M.P." Part I - The Crisis: Three Essentials - The Economic Problem: Our Export Prospects - The Home Market - The Need for Planning; Part II - The Policy - Insulation and Protection: Summary of Control of Imports - Commonwealth Development and our Export Trade - The Preservation of Peace; National Planning and Industrial Development - The Finance of Industry; The Location of Industry; Currency and Debt; Part III - The Machine of Government - Parliament - The Executive; Part IV - Immediate Reconstruction - The Planning of Work - Economy - Housing - Agriculture - Electricity and Transport - Taxation - Defence - Conclusion - Summary. "We are confonted by a national crisis. The unemployment figures have risen to the terrible total of two and a half millions. The position of the industrialist becomes daily more impossible, and that of the worker daily more precarious." - page 5. 
Price: 74.25 NZD
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The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition, Lewis, C. S.
17 Lewis, C. S. The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition
London Oxford University Press (1967) Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Rubbing to dust-jacket. Small 1/2" chip at corner of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket is price clipped. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 1967 reprint of a work originally published in 1936. viii, [2], 378, [1] pages. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering and rule and publisher's emblem on spine. Page dimensions: 216 x 138mm. A work of literary criticism on the mediaeval romances of Chaucer and others, by the author of the reportedly allegorical Chronicles of Narnia series. Contents: Courtly Love; Allegory; 'The Romance of the Rose'; Chaucer; Gower. Thomas Usk; Allegory as the Dominant Form; 'The Faerie Queene'; Appendix I; Appendix II; Index. 
Price: 60.00 NZD
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The New Zealand Journal of History. Vol. 14, No. 1 - April, 1980, Sinclair, Keith (ed.); various contributors
18 Sinclair, Keith (ed.); various contributors The New Zealand Journal of History. Vol. 14, No. 1 - April, 1980
Auckland University of Auckland 1980 First Edition Softcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued 
No signatures. Spine faded. Bar code sticker on rear cover.; Single issue. Biannual journal. Vol. 14, No. 1 - April, 1980. 103, [1] pages. Page dimensions: 240 x 153mm. Contents of this issue: "The Lost Drawing of Nukutawhiti" by Judith Binney; "Documenting Maori History: The Arrest of Te Kooti Rikirangi Te Turuki, 1889" by Alan Ward; "The Expansion of a Competitive Society, A Study in Nineteenth-Century Maori History" by Ann R. Parsonson; "The Covenant of Kohimarama. A Ratification of the Treaty of Waitangi" by Claudia Orange; Note: "Busby and the Declaration of Indepedence" by John O. Ross; Reviews. 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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Across the Vanished Years - Memoirs of a Pioneer Pastoral Family of Central Queensland, Stevenson, Sophia Judith
19 Stevenson, Sophia Judith Across the Vanished Years - Memoirs of a Pioneer Pastoral Family of Central Queensland
Bardia Station, Rannes, Central Queensland Sophia Judith Stevenson (1996) 0959387501 / 9780959387506 Softcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued 
This copy signed by the author on the title page: "S. Judy Stevenson / 11/97". Second edition. 128 pages. Page dimensions: 208 x 146mm. Autobiography. Cover illustration by Elizabeth Nott. 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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Penguin Tail's Below the Beacon - Inca's Tail, Jones, Janice
20 Jones, Janice Penguin Tail's Below the Beacon - Inca's Tail
Moeraki Janice Jones (2000) 0473071878 / 9780473071875 First Edition Softcover Very Good with No dust jacket as issued Signed by Author
This copy with a personalised inscription by the author, signed "Janice". 64 pages. Page dimensions: 210 x 147mm. Colour photographic illustrations. Story of a yellow-eyed penguin, told from the first-person penguin point of view. ; Signed by Author 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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