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Notes on Early Life in New Zealand, Clarke, George
101 Clarke, George Notes on Early Life in New Zealand
Hobart J. Walch & Sons 1903 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Damp damage to rear board, with heavily faded/stained 4" x 2" area of cloth on rear board. Small 1/4" chips to cloth at head and tail of spine and at tips of corners of boards. Cloth lifting and bubbling a little from front board. Gutter splitting at rear endpaper. Internally good. ; Uncommon. 106 pages + portrait frontispiece + 4 plates. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on front board. Page dimensions: 215 x 141mm. New Zealand history / biography. The four plates are all portraits of Maori chiefs: Hone Heke; Tamati Waka Nene; Te Rangihaeata; & Te Raupraha. The frontispiece portrait is of the author, as Chancellor of the University of Tasmania. "By the time a man has lived in this world for seventy years, I think he ought to have become interesting to some one. And if such a life should nearly all have been passed in these Southern lands, he ought to have a story that is worth the telling" - page 5. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall C918 - "The author's experiences in New Zealand from 1824 to 1846, including term as Sub-protector of Aborigines, with account of Heke's war."] ; 8vo 
Price: 121.50 NZD
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Going Green: People, Politics and the Environment in South Africa, Cock, Jacklyn & Eddie Koch (eds.)
102 Cock, Jacklyn & Eddie Koch (eds.) Going Green: People, Politics and the Environment in South Africa
Cape Town Oxford University Press 1991 0195705823 / 9780195705829 First Edition Softcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Fading to covers. Some foxing.; 262 pages. Page dimensions: 241 x 185mm. Illustrated. "South Africa is one of the world's richest areas of biodiversity. However, with its mixture of First World environmental problems, such as acid rain, and Third World environmental problems, such as soil erosion, it is also a microcosm of the environmental challenges facing the planet. This book points to the seriousness of some of these challenges.;At the same time, however, it shows how a mass-based environmental movement is beginning to deal with the problems. It explains how a wide variety of social groups are mobilizing around a diversity of environmental issues, ranging from asbestos dumps to water and air pollution, from lead-free petrol to herbicides, from saving threatened places of natural beauty to nuclear energy and toxic waste." 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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Solomon and Solomonic Literature, Conway, Moncure Daniel
103 Conway, Moncure Daniel Solomon and Solomonic Literature
London Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. 1899 First Edition Hardcover Fair with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Library barcode sticker on rear board. 3/8" tears and fraying to cloth at head of spine. 1/8" chips to cloth at corners of boards. Endpapers replaced?; viii, 248 pages + [4] pages advertisements. Maroon cloth boards. Page dimensions: 190 x 135mm.; Ex-Library; 8vo 
Price: 74.25 NZD
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Izibongo - Zulu Praise-Poems - Collected by James Stuart - Translated by Daniel Malcolm, Cope, Trevor (ed.);
104 Cope, Trevor (ed.); Izibongo - Zulu Praise-Poems - Collected by James Stuart - Translated by Daniel Malcolm
Oxford Clarendon Press 1968 B007EII0OE First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Some fading to dust-jacket. ; x, 229, [2] pages. Black boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Page dimensions: 217 x 137mm. "The Zulu eulogies or praise poems are like odes in that they praise important persons and like epics in that they record great events. The poems of this selection cover the period from 1750 to 1900 and record the growth of the Zulu military state from numerous independent tribes, and its subsequent disintegration." - from dust-jacket blurb. Series: Oxford Library of African Literature. 
Price: 67.50 NZD
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Biological Anomalies: Humans I, Corliss, William R.
105 Corliss, William R. Biological Anomalies: Humans I
Glen Arm, MD The Sourcebook Project (1992) 0915554267 / 9780915554263 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. ; Volume One only. A Fortean compilation of anomalous features of humans, compiled mostly from scientific periodicals. This is the first of 3 sourcebooks on human anomalies. This volumes covers anomalies relating to human appearance and morphology, behaviour, and talents and faculties. (The second volume on humans covers internal structure, organs, and chemistry; The third volume on humans covers human evolution as inferred from fossils and genetics. )Each kind of anomaly is given a grade from 1 to 4 indicating how well established the existence of the anomaly is, and a grade of 1 to 4 for how anomalous the phenomenon is in regard to conventional scientific explanations. Each anomaly is referenced to the literature in which it is described. 298 pages. Red cloth boards with titles in white on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 253 x 174mm. Selected contents of this volume: Neoteny in Humans; Unidentified Radiation Emissions; Kirlian Photography; Hairy Humans; Human Horns; Human Tails; Anomalous Human Odors; Behaviour and the Moon; Cyclicity of Behaviour; Periodicities in Economics; Religious Cycles; Eminence and the Planets; The Mars Effect; "Hearing" Electromagnetic Radiation; Sensing Magnetic Fields; Paradoxes of Consciousness. 
Price: 121.50 NZD
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Poems of Charles Cotton 1630-1687, Cotton, Charles; edited by John Beresford
106 Cotton, Charles; edited by John Beresford Poems of Charles Cotton 1630-1687
London Richard Cobden-Sanderson (1923) Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Gutter starting at rear hinge. Ink number on front endpaper. Minor foxing. Some fraying to cloth along ends of spine. Stain to spine label. ; 420 pages + frontispiece. Blue cloth boards with printed paper label on spine. Page dimensions: 219 x 143mm. 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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Such Separate Creatures: Stories. Chosen by Charles Brasch, Courage, James
107 Courage, James Such Separate Creatures: Stories. Chosen by Charles Brasch
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1973 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Some marking to reverse of dust wrapper. 1/4" tear at head of dust wrapper spine. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 206 pages. Green boards with gilt titles on spine. Series title: "New Zealand Short Stories No. 3". Short Stories.; 8vo 
Price: 45.90 NZD
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108 Cowper, William Poems by William Cowper, Esq. of the Inner Temple [Two Volumes]
Chiswick C. Whittingham 1821 Half-Leather Fair with no dust jacket 
Volume I: [iv], 252 pages + extra illustrated title page. Front board detached. Volume II: [iv], 220 pages + extra illustrated title page. Both volumes: Half-leather bound with marbled boards. Four raised bands on spine. Leather very worn, scuffed, and rubbed with loss at edges and at spine ends. Foxing to extra illustrated title pages. Leather spine labels missing. Front board of Volume I detached. ; 24mo 
Price: 27.00 NZD
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109 Cowper, William The Poetical Works of William Cowper. with Life
Edinburgh Gall & Inglis [1870s] Full-Leather Good with no dust jacket 
No date [1870s]. Xxiv, [ii], 516, [ii] pages + frontispiece + illustrated title page + plates. Full red morocco binding. Dimensions: 7 1/4" by 5 1/8". Blind-tooled decoration. Gilt lettering on spine and front board. Red borders to all leaves. Some rubbing to edges of spine and boards. Gutters cracked at hinges. School prize label on front endpaper dated 1879.; 12mo 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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110 Cox, Edwin Marion (ed.) The Poems of Sappho with Historical and Critical Notes Translations and A Bibliography.
London Williams and Norgate 1924 First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Owner's signature. Rubbing, fading and browning to boards. Ribbon ties broken. ; No. XI of a special edition of 12 copies on Japanese Vellum. Signed by the editor, E.M Cox. [1], 154 pages. Limp boards with gilt illustration on front board. Contents: Foreword; Biographical and Historical; The Writings of Sappho in English Literature; Text and Translations; Bibliography. ; 8vo; Signed by Editor 
Price: 607.50 NZD
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The Listener Bedside Book No. 2, Crockett, Mary & Terry Snow (eds.)
111 Crockett, Mary & Terry Snow (eds.) The Listener Bedside Book No. 2
Auckland W & H Publications (1998) 1877214027 / 9781877214028 First Edition Softcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
Previous owner's inscription.; 304 pages. New Zealand literature. A collection of reviews and columns first published in the "New Zealand Listener", some relating to New Zealand literature and culture. ; 8vo 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Bastards I Have Met: An ABC of Bastardry, Crump, Barry
112 Crump, Barry Bastards I Have Met: An ABC of Bastardry
Auckland Crump Productions (1971) First Edition Hardcover Fair in Fair dust jacket 
Dampstains to boards, endpapers, and dust-jacket. Previous owner's signature. 1/2" missing at head of dust-jacket spine. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 152 pages. Light blue boards with metallic crimson lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 215 x 137mm. Illustrated endpapers. "Bastards, discovered Barry Crump one afternoon in the Timberlands Hotel, outnumber heroes by at least 15,000 to one. Yet there has never been a single book or poem, or TV documentary, or song, or even a speech, devoted to the common or garden Bastard!" - from dust-jacket blurb. 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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Bastards I Have Met: An ABC of Bastardry, Crump, Barry
113 Crump, Barry Bastards I Have Met: An ABC of Bastardry
Auckland Crump Productions (1971) First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Very Good- dust jacket Signed by Author
Some foxing to spine. Small stain to page margins. Some foxing to dust wrapper. Some rubbing to edges of dust wrapper. 1/8" tear to front fold of dust wrapper. Series of tears up to 1/4" along head of dust wrapper spine. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 152 pages. Light blue papered boards. Signed by the author in blue ink on the front free endpaper. "Bastards, discovered Barry Crump one afternoon in the Timberlands Hotel, outnumber heroes by at least 15,000 to one. Yet there has never been a single book or poem, or TV documentary, or song, or even a speech, devoted to the common or garden Bastard!" - from dust wrapper blurb. ; 8vo ; Signed by Author 
Price: 189.00 NZD
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Puha Road, Crump, Barry
114 Crump, Barry Puha Road
Auckland C & C Associates [1981] First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Illustrated by Poulton, Linda 
No signatures. No tears or chips to dust wrapper. Dust wrapper rubbed at corners. Dust wrapper protected in non-adhesive plastic cover. ; No date. First printing. v, [1], 142 pages. Green papered boards with black lettering on spine. Illustrated. Page dimensions: 203 x 135mm. "His real name was Eric Charles Muxworthy, but he was only ever called Muxy except on formal occasions, and I got into more trouble sticking up for him than for anything else during my already trouble-fraught schooldays." - opening sentence. ; 8vo 
Price: 64.80 NZD
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Puha Road, Crump, Barry
115 Crump, Barry Puha Road
Auckland C & C Associates [1981] First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Good+ dust jacket Illustrated by Poulton, Linda 
No signatures. 2" tear at head of front panel of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper spine faded. Some creasing to dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; No date. First printing. v, [1], 142 pages. Green boards with black lettering on spine. Illustrated. "His real name was Eric Charles Muxworthy, but he was only ever called Muxy except on formal occasions, and I got into more trouble sticking up for him than for anything else during my already trouble-fraught schooldays." - opening sentence. ; 8vo 
Price: 81.00 NZD
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Puha Road, Crump, Barry
116 Crump, Barry Puha Road
Auckland C & C Associates [1981] First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket Illustrated by Poulton, Linda 
No signatures. Some rubbing and fading to dustjacket. Small 1/4" tear and 1/8" chip at head of dustjacket spine. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; No date. First printing. v, [1], 142 pages. Green papered boards with black lettering on spine. Illustrated. Page dimensions: 203 x 135mm. "His real name was Eric Charles Muxworthy, but he was only ever called Muxy except on formal occasions, and I got into more trouble sticking up for him than for anything else during my already trouble-fraught schooldays." - opening sentence. ; 8vo 
Price: 45.90 NZD
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["Geordie Short's Letters. I." - a finely bound scrapbook of clippings], Cunningham, Robert (1836-1874), "Geordie Short"
117 Cunningham, Robert (1836-1874), "Geordie Short" ["Geordie Short's Letters. I." - a finely bound scrapbook of clippings]
[s.l.] [s.n.] [1867-1868] Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
"Geordie Short's Letters." This volume only, containing letters from 1867 to 1868. [We note that another bookseller has offered a similar volume, with a spine titled: "Geordie Short's Letters / Ardrossan Edition / 1880-1882"]. A finely bound volume of clippings of letters written by Robert Cunningham under the pseudonym "Geordie Short". Binding dates from c. late 19th / early 20th century. Half leather binding with marbled pastepaper boards. Top page edges gilt. Marbled endpapers. Spine with five raised bands, gilt rule and decorations. Small contemporary bookseller's ticket on front endpaper of Hugh Hopkins, 85 Renfield St., Glasgow. Spine title: "Geordie Short's / Letters / I. / Cunningham. / Hamilton Edition / 1867-1868." The clippings are variously from the print appearances of the "Georgie Short, Redivivus" letters in newspaper columns, or from the published book "Clydesdale Readings". The Geordie Short letters from pages 65 through 163 of "Clydesdale Readings" are all present. Handwritten contents leaves at rear. With a photograph of Robert Cunningham pasted in at front. Also includes a short signed autograph manuscript letter by Cunningham, pasted in and labelled "Specimen of Mr Cunningham's Handwriting. The letter is dated "Manitoban Office / Winnipeg 20 January 1873". Cunningham was born in Stewarton, Scotland in 1836. In 1868 he moved to Canada, where he worked as a journalist and was a politician. His "Geordie Short" letters are written in a Scottish dialect: "Maister Editur, Ae nicht last week as I was sittin' in my airm-chair readin' a book on demonology, while Nan was at her supper, bein' a little tired, an' feeling' my een somewhat dim, I closed my book, laid mysel' comfortably back, an' fixing my gaze on Nan I fell into a dreamy kind o' state, and by aid o' that versatility o' imagination peculiar to pheelosophers, I transformed Nan into a great she-dragon busy at a cannibalic repast." - from the letter "On Fashion". Some Robert Cunningham material is held by the Archives of Ontario. 
Price: 324.00 NZD
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Jack Without Magic: Poems, Curnow, Allen
118 Curnow, Allen Jack Without Magic: Poems
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1946 First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Small chip to corner of front wrapper. ; Unpaginated. [12] leaves including blank leaves at front and rear. Black paper wrappers with paper title label on front wrapper. Page dimensions: 188 x 110mm. New Zealand literature, poetry. Printed on laid paper. "Cleverer than ever O atom brain, / Nature you dread, and next to nature, art: / Jack without magic springs his traps in vain / Against these giants and genii of the heart." An edition of 200 copies. Uncommon. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall C1907; McLaren 150] ; 12mo 
Price: 222.75 NZD
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Valley of Decision: Poems by Allen Curnow, Curnow, Allen
119 Curnow, Allen Valley of Decision: Poems by Allen Curnow
Auckland Auckland University College Students' Association Press 1933 First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Light foxing. Some rubbing and discolouration to paper spine and string binding. A well preserved copy.; Scarce. Pages unnumbered. 23 poems. The author's first book, published when he was 22 years old. Some of the poems had earlier been published in "Kiwi", "Phoenix", and "Art in New Zealand". The Auckland Students' Association Press was run by Bob Lowry and Ronald Holloway. Lowry's operation of the press and production of the "Phoenix" journal (which had 4 issues in total in its short life), was "proscribed" by the university authorities, after which Lowry moved south to Christchurch. "Valley of Decision" was published as "Phoenix Miscellany: 1". In a note to a collection of his poetry published in 1974, Curnow wrote of this title: "In 'Valley of Decision', and after it, some crisis or change from faith to scepticism may be read, however perplexed and precarious the faith was, and the scepticism no less so." [References: Robinson and Wattie, "The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature"(1998)].; 8vo 
Price: 607.50 NZD
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120 Dallas, Ruth Collected Poems
Dunedin University of Otago Press (2000) 1877133868 / 9781877133862 Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Wrappers laminated in clear plastic. ; Second edition of Dallas' Collected Poems, with recent poems added. 203 pages. Page dimensions: 207 x 137mm. New Zealand poet. New Zealand literature. Includes all the poems from the author's collections "Country Road" (1953); "The Turning Wheel" (1961); "Day Book" (1966); "Shadow Show" (1968); "Walking on the Snow" (1976); "Steps of the Sun" (1979); together with recent poems. ; 8vo 
Price: 24.30 NZD
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