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121 Dallas, Ruth Shadow Show
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1968 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
54 pages. Green boards with red lettering on spine. Owner's signature and address. Minor abrasions to front free endpaper where previous owner's signature erased. 1/8" tear at head of dust wrapper spine. A couple of <1/8" chips at corners of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. The author's fourth collection of poetry. ; 8vo 
Price: 101.25 NZD
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The Turning Wheel, Dallas, Ruth
122 Dallas, Ruth The Turning Wheel
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1961 First Edition Original Cloth Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Slight rubbing to ends of spine. Some rubbing to ends of dust wrapper spine. A couple of adhesive tape stains to reverse of dust wrapper. ; 33, (1) pages. Textured maroon cloth covers with red lettering and gold turning wheel emblem on front board. Page dimensions: 212mm x 136mm. Included loosely a typed poem entitled, "On Opening A Book Of Chinese Paintings," signed "Ruth Dallas 1963," in the top right-hand corner. Selected contents: Letter To A Chinese Poet - On Reading Your Poems; The Written Word; Clouds On The Sea; Autumn Wind; Dust; Reeds; Ananda; The Year's End; Beating The Drum; Six Songs - Song At Full Moon; Spring Day, near Arrowtown; Tombstone Song; The Gardener's Song; Felled Trees; The Turning Wheel - Headlands In Summer; Autumn Jig; Narcissus; Meditation In Winter; The Sea; Song In Spring. ; 8vo 
Price: 202.50 NZD
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123 Dallas, Ruth Walking on the Snow
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1976 0908563019 / 9780908563012 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
57 pages. Green boards with red titles on spine. Dimensions: 8 3/4" by 5 5/8". Inscribed and signed by the author on front free endpaper, dated 1976. <1/8" chip at one corner of dust wrapper. No other tears in dust wrapper. Minor creasing to head of dust wrapper spine. The author's fifth collection of poems. ; 8vo ; Signed by Author 
Price: 243.00 NZD
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124 Davidson, William Stories of New Zealand Life: Including "The Two Detectives. " "The Miser's Plant, " "Rescue of the Stray Lamb, " "Wee Davie, " & C.
Dunedin James Horsburgh 1889 First Edition Original Wraps Fair with no dust jacket 
[8] pages advertisements + [viii], 84 pages + [12] pages advertisements. Original printed wrappers. 1.5" corner missing from tail of front wrapper. Wrappers brittle and chipped around margins. 1/2" missing at head of paper spine. 1" missing at tail of paper spine. Internally good. Contents: The Two Detectives; The Beer Barrel Frolic; TheOyster Supper; An Adventure on Goat Island; Nineteen Hours on a Common Jury; The New Chum's First Fight; The Champagne Duel The Miser's Plant; The Rescue of the Stray Lamb; Wee Davie. [Reference: Bagnall 1538 - "'Short Stories of early gold-digging times' (Hocken) , but some have a generalised Dunedin and South Canterbury setting. "] "It was sometime in the sixties, when young Dunedinites were full of blood and deviltry, that Charlie McIntosh and Jamie Fraser were slowly winding their way up Rattray streets towards Roslyn, the hill seeming to be much steeper than usual, after a blythe night at the old Empire, with some choice spirits, at billiards and props, washed down with a drap o' the cratur. [...]"; 12mo 
Price: 128.25 NZD
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125 Davies, Oliver Between-Time Poems
London John Lane / The Bodley Head 1909 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Some dampstains to boards and margins of endpapers. Small burn mark on front board. ; This copy with the publisher's "Review Copy with John Lane's Compliments" blind-stamp on the title page. ix, [3], 106 pages + [14] pages advertisements. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering and border on front board. Page dimensions: 190 x 118mm. Provenance: "Swarthmore" rubber stamp on front endpaper; Hardwicke Knight, with his blind-stamp on the title page. [Seller Ref: KnightCol]; 8vo 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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A Prison Diary, Or, Lectures to a "Solitary" Audience, Davitt, Michael
126 Davitt, Michael A Prison Diary, Or, Lectures to a "Solitary" Audience
London Chapman and Hall 1885 Hardcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued 
Previous owner's signature in pencil "H J M Ross". Boards with some rubbing and staining. Slight fraying to cloth at tips of corners of boards. Tissue guard to frontispiece present. ; Volume One only. There is no statement of volume numbering in this volume, but two volumes were published in 1885, of which this is the first. xvi, 352 pages + frontispiece "The Prison Cell". Green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine, black decoration on spine and front board, publisher's initials in black on rear board. Page dimensions: 186 x 125mm. Pale yellow endpapers. Reminiscences of an Irish prisoner. The book is arranged as an Introduction, 34 "Lectures", and a Conclusion. Includes a chapter/lecture on "Jail-Bird 'Poets'", with a section on "Shakespeare's Rival" - "I had for dinner, ochone! ochone! / One ounce of mutton and three ounce of bone!" - page 115. Other Lecture titles include: Despair and Hope in Prison; Convict Reading and Favourite Literature; Prison Anecdotes; The Punishment of Penal Servitude; The Education of the Working Classes; Rational Recreation as a Preventive of Crime; Cause of Poverty; Rival Remedial Proposals; State Ownership of Railways; Government of Privilege and Wealth; Political Crime; Political Justice: How the Anglo-Irish Problem Could Be Solved. "I was remitted to Portland Prison on the 3rd of February, 1881. Shortly afterwards, through the kindness of the governor, a young blackbird came into my possession. For some months I relieved the tedium of my solitude by efforts to win the confidence of my companion, with the happiest results." - from the Preface. Michael Davitt (1846-1906) was an Irish republican and MP (Member of Parliament). He was a founding member of the Irish National Land League [Reference: Wikipedia entry on Michael Davitt, accessed December 2016.] 
Price: 135.00 NZD
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Te Ao Marama: Il mondo della luce - Il Cinema della Nuova Zelanda, Dennis, Jonathan & Sergio Toffetti (eds.)
127 Dennis, Jonathan & Sergio Toffetti (eds.) Te Ao Marama: Il mondo della luce - Il Cinema della Nuova Zelanda
Torino Le Nuove Muse 1989 First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Wrappers laminated in clear plastic.; Text bi-lingual in Italian and English. Also some content in Te Reo Maori. 187, [2] pages. Page dimensions: 298 x 209mm. Essays by various contributors. Selected contents: From Gilberto Zorio to Ralph Hotere; Fifty Years of New Zealand Literature; Stories of Light: The Birth of a Nation in the Cinema; Portrait of Len Lye; The Creation of a Feature Film Industry; Hollywood Strikes Back; The Guardians; The Maori Dimension; The Last Wave: 1974-1988; Bibliography. ; 4to 
Price: 56.70 NZD
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128 Dickens, Charles A Dickens Treasury
Edinburgh Nimmo, Hay & Mitchell [c1913] Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Previous owner's inscription dated 1914 "Just to wish you xmas peace all the way". Some rubbing and fading to leather spine and margins of leather boards.; 126 pages + [2] pages advertisements. Limp purple leather boards. Gilt title on front board. Miniature book. Printed in Glasgow by David Bryce and Son. Page dimensions: 85 x 51mm. Top page edges gilt. Series title: "The Miniature Series". "The compiler of the present volume has aimed at making it as representative of the many-sided genius of the great novelist as the limits of this book would permit" - page 5. Running title: "Chips from Dickens".; 64mo 
Price: 43.20 NZD
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129 Diedrick, James; Bruccoli, Matthew J. (editor) Understanding Martin Amis (Understanding Contemporary British Literature Ser. )
Columbia, Sc, U. S. A. University of South Carolina Press 1995 1570030588 / 9781570030581 First Edition Original Cloth Fine in Fine dust jacket 
First printing. Xi, (3) , 207 pages. "'Understanding Martin Amis' is a comprehensive reader's guide to the novels, short stories, and nonfiction written by one of Britain's most controversial and highly acclaimed authors. "; 12mo 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Crappings, Direen, Bill
130 Direen, Bill Crappings
Wellington 5 To 12 (1993) First Edition Softcover Near Fine with no dust jacket Signed by Author
64 pages. A collection of 36 poems. Signed by the author on the title page, dated 2007. ; 16mo 6" - 7" tall; Signed by Author 
Price: 101.25 NZD
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Hunting for Hidden Gold [Series title: Hardy Boys Mystery Stories], Dixon, Franklin W.
131 Dixon, Franklin W. Hunting for Hidden Gold [Series title: Hardy Boys Mystery Stories]
Newcastle upon Tyne Harold Hill & Son (1951) Hardcover Good+ in Fair dust jacket 
No signatures. Large pieces missing at head and tail of dust-jacket. Chip to corner of rear panel of dust-jacket. A 2" tear to front panel of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket is price-clipped. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; 224 pages. Blue cloth boards with dark blue lettering on spine and front board, small illustration on front board. Page dimensions: 185 x 123mm. Red illustrated endpapers. Dust-jacket art by Frank Varty. 
Price: 47.25 NZD
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The Hardy Boys: The Great Airport Mystery, Dixon, Franklin W.
132 Dixon, Franklin W. The Hardy Boys: The Great Airport Mystery
New York Grosset & Dunlap (1937) Hardcover Good in Good dust jacket 
Prize label dated 1937 on front endpaper. 3/8" chip and fraying to cloth at top edge of front board. Chips at ends of dustjacket spine. 1/2" chips in front flap fold of dustjacket. Dusjacket rubbed at edges. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 1937 reprint (front flap of dustjacket lists titles to "A Figure in Hiding"). [iv], 210, [6] pages. Brown cloth boards. Page dimensions: 188 x 125mm. Number 9 in the Hardy Boys series. 
Price: 162.00 NZD
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Full Regeneration - The Ultimate Health Journey, Dodds, Brian
133 Dodds, Brian Full Regeneration - The Ultimate Health Journey
Christchurch Brian Dodds Health Services (2008) 1877479934 / 9781877479939 First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Upper corners of leaves slightly damp-affected.; [x], 247 pages. Page dimensions: 210 x 147mm. "I am presenting an understanding and hypothesis that goes way beyond the question of physical health. Simply, it gives a picture of the possibility of full regeneration of the physical body and unlimited spiritual development of the mind. It is not written in the language of the medical scientist. Purposely I have written it in the language of everyday people living everyday lives. It is an attempt to demystify the scientific approach presented in medical literature and empower ordinary people to take charge of their own health. For those who have an understanding of health it covers principles of basic nutrition and cleansing systems right through to the reprogramming of the DNA." 
Price: 32.40 NZD
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Ranolf and Amohia: A dream of two lives, Domett, Alfred
134 Domett, Alfred Ranolf and Amohia: A dream of two lives
London Kegan Paul, Trench & Co. 1883 Second Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Title lacking in Volume Two. Narrow split to gutter at title leaf in Volume One. Else very good. Minor foxing.; The scarce second edition. Volume One: ix, [1], 307, [1] pages + 44 pages advertisements. Volume Two: [ii], 339, [1] pages. Lacking the title leaf in Volume Two. Both volumes: Green cloth boards with black rule to spine and boards. Dark brown endpapers. Page dimensions: 189 x 125mm. This epic poem was originally published in 1872 in a one volume edition. For the two volume edition of 1883, the sub-title was changed from "A South-Sea day-dream" to "A dream of two lives". [Bibliographical References: Bagnall 1650; Hocken 346 - "This edition contains short keys to the cantos, fuller and more numerous notes, and originals of some of the waiata or native songs. It is rare, as a destructive fire occurred at the publishers' on the eve of its publication."; Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English (1998) page 413 - "The story it tells is simple enough. Erudite young British maritime adventurer, Ranolf, shipwrecked on the New Zealand coast, saves beautiful Maori princess Amohia from a pair of male tormentors, and having learned her language from her tribe, eventually elopes with her and marries her."] This copy from the collection of William Vance (1901-1981) of Timaru, New Zealand, a historian and book collector. Both volumes are signed "W. Vance, Timaru" on the half-title pages. Bookseller's blindstamp "Simpson & Williams Booksellers Christchurch N. Z." on front endpaper of each volume. Vance is listed in C. R. H. Taylor's "Roll of Book Collectors in New Zealand" (1958): "This collection of about 2,000 volumes has been discerningly gathered, and the New Zealand section specialises in South Island material."; 8vo 
Price: 303.75 NZD
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Daddy I Am So Fine, Donovan, Anne
135 Donovan, Anne Daddy I Am So Fine
Paraparaumu Hawk Press 1978 First Edition Softcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
No signatures.; [12] leaves. Card covers with printed dust wrapper. Page dimensions: 234 x 158mm. This copy is number 174 of an edition of 300 copies. New Zealand poet. Hand-set in Perpetua type, printed by Alan Loney.; 8vo 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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136 Dorrington, Albert Castro's Last Sacrament and Other Stories
Sydney The Bulletin Newspaper Company 1900 First Edition Original Cloth Fair with no dust jacket 
347, [1] pages + [viii] pages advertisements. Dimensions: 8 3/8" by 5 3/4". Large splits with loss of cloth along spine and front joint. 1 1/2" missing to cloth at tail of spine. Boards very worn. Cloth missing from most edges of boards. Front hinge starting. Surface damage and heavy pencilling to front endpaper where previous owner's name has been removed. Moderate browning to endpapers. Internally good. ; 8vo 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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The Timbering of Metalliferous Mines, Downey, J. F.
137 Downey, J. F. The Timbering of Metalliferous Mines
London Charles Griffin & Company 1928 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
xi, [1], 258 pages. Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 222 x 148mm. 327 illustrations (mostly in-text figures). J. F. Downey was Inspector of Mines for the New Zealand Government. Contents: Vertical Shafts; Inclines Shafts; Combined Shafts; Opening Out for Plats of Stations, Timbering Plats; Penthouse Construction; Timbering Levels; Timbering Overhand Stopes; Timbering Underhand Stopes; Timbering when Removing Arches or Bridges; Timbering Rises, Manways, and Ore-Passes; Construction of Chute-Gates or Doors; Timbering Alluvial Workings; Skip-Loading Pockets; Underground Wooden Dams; Maintaining and Repairing Shafts and Levels; Preservation of Mine Timbers; Bibliography; Index of Mines and Localities; Name Index; General Index. "Books devoted to mine-timbering are rare, this in part arising from the fact that the men possessing the requisite practical experiences are, as a rule, without literary skill. Mr. Downey possesses both the knowledge and literary skill, together with painstaking industry. The result is a book that I am sure will be a welcome additino to the literature of practical mining." - from the Foreword by James Park. 
Price: 182.25 NZD
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A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion, Geography, History, and Literature, Dowson, John
138 Dowson, John A Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology and Religion, Geography, History, and Literature
London Routledge & Kegan Paul 1961 Hardcover Very Good- with No dust jacket as issued 
Split to gutter at front hinge. Otherwise very good. Previous owner's signature "W. H. McLeod", dated 1963. ; Tenth edition. xix, [1], 411 pages. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Series: 'Trubner's Oriental Series'. 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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139 Doyle, A. Conan The Firm of Girdlestone: A Romance of the Unromantic
London Chatto & Windus 1913 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
1/2" chip to front endpaper. Pages browning. 2 1/2" tear to first text leaf, without loss of text. Rubber stamp on first text leaf. Tail corners of final four leaves a little dog-eared. ; This copy appears to be from one of Chatto & Windus's series of paperback novels (sixpenny series?), which has been bound into a later cloth binding, without the original wrappers. 156 pages + [4] pages advertisements. Dimensions: 8 3/4" by 6". Two tone cloth binding, with gilt lettering on spine and front board. The author's first novel, originally published in 1890.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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140 Doyle, Arthur Conan The Land of Mist
London Hutchinson & Co. [1926] First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
Owner's signature dated 1927 on front endpaper. Some spotting to page edges. Cloth boards clean and bright. Hinges intact. A nice copy. No dust wrapper. ; First edition. Dark green cloth with titles and decoration in light green on spine and front board. 294 pages + [1] (advertisement) + [1] (blank) + [24] pages advertisements. Publisher's catalogue for Spring 1926. Dimensions: 7 5/8" by 5 1/8". [Reference: Green A45a]. ; 12mo 7" - 7" tall 
Price: 337.50 NZD
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