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141 Doyle, Arthur Conan The Stark Munro Letters
London Longmans, Green & Co. 1895 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
Cloth covers clean and bright. Moderate browning to page edges. Owner's bookplate on front pastedown. No splitting to hinges. Tissue guard to frontis present. Moderate foxing to tissue guard. Binding tight. A nice copy. ; First edition. Dark green cloth with gilt titles on spine and front board. Bevelled edges to boards. [vi], 346, [2] pages + frontis + 24 pages advertisements. Publisher's catalogue for July 1895. Black endpapers. Dimensions: 7 1/2" by 5 1/2". [Reference: Green A18a]. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
Price: 337.50 NZD
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142 Doyle, Charles Small Prophets and Quick Returns: Reflections on New Zealand Poetry
Auckland The New Zealand Publishing Society 1966 First Edition Original Wraps Very Good with no dust jacket 
15 pages. Dimensions: 8 3/8" by 5 1/2". A lecture on New Zealand poets and poetry given by Charles Doyle in 1966. Doyle was a senior lecturer in the English Department of the University of Auckland, and himself a poet. The rear wrapper has a short bibliography of Charles Doyle covering the period from 1956-1966.; 8vo 
Price: 25.65 NZD
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The Dialogue or Communing between the Wise King Salomon and Marcolphus, Duff, E. Gordon (ed.)
143 Duff, E. Gordon (ed.) The Dialogue or Communing between the Wise King Salomon and Marcolphus
London Lawrence & Bullen 1892 First Thus Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
2" split to cloth in front joint. Heavy rubbing to cloth at margins of boards. No signatures.; Facsimile edition of the 1492 edition printed in English in Antwerp. This copy is an unnumbered copy of an edition of 350. xxvi, 46 pages. Blue cloth boards with black buckram cloth spine. Page dimensions: 210 x 152mm. Woodcut frontispiece. Publisher's small woodcut illustrated initials "L B" on title page. Main text printed in black letter. List of editions of Salomon and Marcolphus on pages 34-46. Printed on laid paper. King Solomon. "These great and radical changes seem to have been introduced about the twelfth century. Marcolphus no longer appears as a wise person able to cope with Solomon on the same level, and in a grave spirit; he is now 'Marcolf the more foole,' a gross rustic dependent upon his mother wit, and content to parody Solomon's wise sayings. His mythical, superhuman character is gone, and he has changed without any gradation that we know of from the very highest to the humblest position; he has changed from a deity to a Teutonic peasant of the coarsest description" - from the Editor's Introduction, page xv. ; 8vo 
Price: 202.50 NZD
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New Zealand Poems, Duggan, Eileen
144 Duggan, Eileen New Zealand Poems
London George Allen & Unwin (1940) First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Some water marking (?) along tail margin of rear board and spine. Some spotting to to preliminary and final few leaves. ; [64] pages + errata slip. 42 poems. Card wrappers. Page dimensions: 184mm x 120mm. ; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
Price: 35.10 NZD
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145 Duggan, Eileen New Zealand Poems
London George Allen & Unwin (1940) First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Spine rubbed and worn. Spine re-glued.; [64] pages + errata slip. 42 poems.; 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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The Legend of Io: Engravings on Wood, Dyer, Rona
146 Dyer, Rona The Legend of Io: Engravings on Wood
Dunedin Whitcombe and Tombs (1956) First Edition Softcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Signed by Author
This copy signed and dated by the author in blue ink on the title page: "July 1956 / Rona Dyer". Also "Sample" written in pencil on front panel of the dust wrapper. Some dust stains to the dust wrapper. With the original envelope with wood-engraved Maori design in red at corner of envelope. ; 23 pages. Softcover with dust wrapper. Page dimensions: 241 x 184mm. New Zealand artist. Wood engravings accompanying a Maori legend, text in English. New Zealand literature. [Seller Ref: KnightCol] ; 8vo; Signed by Author 
Price: 94.50 NZD
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147 Edkins, Joseph (Rev. ) Chinese Buddhism: a Volume of Sketches, Historical, Descriptive, and Critical
London Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. [1920s] Original Cloth Good with no dust jacket 
"Popular Edition". No date [1920's]. xxxiii, [i], 453 pages. Green cloth covers with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Blind-stamped series title emblem on front board. Series title: "Trubner's Oriental Series". There is a 1 1/4" tear to the cloth along the centre of the front board near the front joint. Some staining to top page edges. Containing a "Preface to the Second Edition". Contents: Introduction; A Life of Buddha, in Four Chapters; Life of Shakyamuni Till his Appearance at Benares as a Teacher; Life of Buddha from his Appearance as a Teacher at Benares to the Conversion of Rahula; From the Commencement of Rahula's Religious Life Till the Near Approach of the Nirvana; Last Discourses and Death of Buddha; The Patriarchs of the Northern Buddhists; Sketch of the History of Buddhism in China; The Schools of Chinese Buddhism; On Chi-K'ai and the T'ien-T'ai School of Buddhism; The Buddhist Moral System; The Buddhist Calendar; Relation of Buddhism to the Older Hindoo Mythology; The Buddhist Universe; The Extended Universe of the Northern Buddhists; Buddhist Images and Image-Worship; Monasteries at P'u-To; Buddhist Processions, Associations, Pilgrimages, and Ceremonies for the Dead; Buddhist Literature; The Leng-Yen-King - First Chapter; The Ekashloka Shastra; Effect of Buddhism on the Philosophy of the Sung Dynasty; Feng-Shui, or the Wind and Water Superstition of the Chinese; Buddhist Phraseology in Relation to Christian Teaching; Notice of the Wu-Wei-Kiau, A Reformed Buddhist Sect; Buddhism and Tauism in their Popular Aspects; On the Use of Sanscrit by the Chinese Buddhists; Books and Papers that may be Consulted for the Study of Chinese Buddhism; Alphabetical Index of Proper Names and Subjects; Alphabetical Index of Titles of Books Mentioned. ; 8vo 
Price: 74.25 NZD
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148 Edmond, Lauris In Middle Air
Christchurch The Pegasus Press (1975) Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Moderate rubbing to edges of spine. Some rubbing to edges of wrappers. A clean copy. ; 47 pages. Poetry.; 8vo 
Price: 22.95 NZD
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End Wall, Edmond, Murray
149 Edmond, Murray End Wall
Auckland Oxford University Press (1981) First Edition Softcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket Illustrated by Trusttum, Philip 
No signatures. Stain from adhesive price sticker on front wrapper. ; 48 pages. New Zealand poetry. Cover illustration and 1 other full page illustration by New Zealand artist Philip Trusttum. Page dimensions: 212 x 135mm. ; 8vo 
Price: 43.20 NZD
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"I Testify": Amazing Memoir-Exposure of International Secret War-Plotting, Edmondson, Robert Edward
150 Edmondson, Robert Edward "I Testify": Amazing Memoir-Exposure of International Secret War-Plotting
Bend, Oregon Published by the Author (1953) First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Labels on endpapers: "For further details and literature, etc., please write to:- The New Zealand Intelligence Service [. . .] Christchurch". Some marks to boards.; 283 pages + 1 plate. Also loosely included are Errata, Index leaves, a Postscript to page 250, a leaf of quotations from reviews, and a leaf advertising the book. Green cloth boards with black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 229 x 150mm. An anti-Semitic work. ; 8vo 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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151 Ehrenburg, Ilya The Ninth Wave
London Lawrence and Wishart 1955 First Edition Original Cloth Very Good in Good dust jacket 
895 pages. Blue cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Includes original bookmark with printed list of the characters. No signatures. 2" tears and 1" chips in edges of dustwrapper. Series title: " Library of Contemporary Soviet Novels". ; 8vo 
Price: 29.70 NZD
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Popular Legends; or, Evenings at Woodlawn, Ellet, Mrs [Elizabeth F.]
152 Ellet, Mrs [Elizabeth F.] Popular Legends; or, Evenings at Woodlawn
Dublin James M'Glashan 1850 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Inner hinges broken. Bend to front board near top edge. Some bruising to corners of boards and ends of spine. Moderate foxing.; xii [i-iv are publisher's advertisements], 308 pages + [4] pages advertisements at rear. Contemporary blind-stamped green cloth boards. Page dimensions: 167 x 104mm. Pale yellow endpapers. Spine title: "Popular Legends". "In the following selection from the traditions of European countries, care has been taken to choose only such as have never, to the writer's knowledge, been presented before in an English dress." Stories, legends, including the story "The Vampyre" on pages 169-188. Other story titles include: The Kiabotermann; The Willi-dance; The Tea-Fairy; The Little Grey Man; Rubezahl; The Zangen-Maiden; The Kyffhauser; The Wine Cellar at Bremen; Castle Greifenstein; The Shade of Wanda; The Maid of Heilbron. Supernatural fiction, vampire lore. Elizabeth Ellet (1818-1877) was acquainted with Edgar Allan Poe. [Provenance: Hardwicke Knight, with his blindstamp on the title page. [Seller Ref: KnightCol] ; 12mo 
Price: 351.00 NZD
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Watsons Bay Sketchbook, Emanuel, Cedric (drawings by); text by Valmai Phillips
153 Emanuel, Cedric (drawings by); text by Valmai Phillips Watsons Bay Sketchbook
Adelaide Rigby (1973) 0851796257 / 9780851796253 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good- dust jacket 
No signatures. 1/2" tear at corner of dustjacket. 1/8" missing at head of dustjacket spine. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 63 pages. Blue boards with white lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 215 x 138mm. Illustrated blue endpapers. Australian regional history.; 8vo 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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The Zande Trickster, Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (ed.)
154 Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (ed.) The Zande Trickster
Oxford Clarendon Press 1967 0198151233 / 9780198151234 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Some fading to dust-jacket. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; ix, [3], 240 pages + 3 plates (including frontispiece). Black boards with gilt lettering and rule on spine. Page dimensions: 216 x 137mm. "These are tales of a people who have been famous since Central Africa was first explored, the 'Azande' or, as they were earlier known, the 'Niam Niam'. They are all about a character called 'Ture' and have a common theme, the 'Trickster'. Ture the Trickster tries to fool everybody, but often only succeeds in fooling himself. He is a monster of depravity, but also a pathetic and almost endearing figure." - from dust-jacket blurb. Series: Oxford Library of African Literature. 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Le Paradis des Amants, Fabre, Lucien
155 Fabre, Lucien Le Paradis des Amants
Paris Libraire Gallimard (1931) Softcover Fair with no dust jacket 
35mm tears at head and tail of spine. Internally good. ; Reprint edition. 293 pages. Printed wrappers. Page dimensions: 176 x 114mm. A novel. Text in French. [Seller ref: Knightcol] ; 16mo 
Price: 37.80 NZD
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Strange Rendezvous: Poems 1929-1941 with Additions by A. R. D. Fairburn, Fairburn, A. R. D.
156 Fairburn, A. R. D. Strange Rendezvous: Poems 1929-1941 with Additions by A. R. D. Fairburn
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1952 First Edition Hardcover Fair with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Adhesive tape and stickers on spine. A good reading copy.; 103, [1] pages. Quarter cloth and papered boards. Lacking the dustwrapper. New Zealand poetry. Includes the poems: Jack the Ripper; Full Fathom Five; To a Millionaire; Milton; Disquisition on Death; A Naked Girl Swimming; Lines for a Rebel; Wild Love; The Revenge. [Reference: Bagnall F37]; Ex-Library; 8vo 
Price: 29.70 NZD
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In Old Ceylon, Farrer, Reginald
157 Farrer, Reginald In Old Ceylon
London Edward Arnold 1908 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Poor dust jacket 
Contemporary owner's signature. Small contemporary bookseller's ticket of Andrew Fraser, Oamaru [New Zealand] on front endpaper. Moderate scattered spots of foxing. Plates clean. Dust-jacket in two pieces, with only a fragment of the dust-jacket spine surviving. Front and rear panels and flaps of dust-jacket present. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; Very scarce with dust-jacket. ix, [3], 351, [1] pages + 16 pages advertisements + frontispiece + 15 plates. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board, gilt illustration on front board. Page dimensions: 224 x 143mm. An account of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), with much content on the Buddhist religion, Buddhist sites, and Buddhist religious lore. Illustrations include: Tortoises on the Library Tower of the Daladá Mâligawa, Kandy; Sigiri Rock; Looking back, from the Long Gallery of Sigiri, to the Kandyan Mountains; Restored Stone Railing, at Anuradhapura, belonging to the Abhayagiriya Vihara; The Drum (restored) and Western Altar of Mirisawétiya Dâgaba; Rock-hewn Bathing-Pool near Issurumuniya. Rear panel of dust-jacket has advertisements for "Mr. Edward Arnold's New Books in General Literature". "Not long does the tourist linker in sweltering Colombo. Everybody comes to Colombo; nobody stays there - at least, if they can help it, for many poor slaves of the lamp there are who perforce live year in, year out in Colombo, filling the bungalows all through the parks and down the Mount Lavinia Road [. . .]" - page 32. "The moonstone, in Ceylon, you can have for the picking up. If you choose to visit the Moon Plains, you may, over those rolling expanses, gather your lapful of milky micaceous flakes and chips, which, when cut, reveal the moony refulgence that gives the jewel its name. But there are moonstone and moonstones [. . .]" - page 8. 
Price: 351.00 NZD
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158 Fenwick, Elizabeth A Night Run
London Victor Gollancz 1961 First Edition Original Cloth Poor with no dust jacket 
192 pages. Red cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Some moderate to heavy foxing. Heavy browning and spotting to page edges. A reading copy. ; 12mo 
Price: 18.90 NZD
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159 Ferguson, Dugald Mates
London Hodder and Stoughton [1911] First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Moderate rubbing to edges of spine and boards. Owner's signature. Moderate creasing to margins of some leaves. Hinges intact. ; No date [Foreword dated 1911]. 509, [2] pages. Illustrated blue cloth boards. A novel. The main character leaves the western Highlands of Scotland, to farm stock on a station near Ballarat, Australia.; 8vo 
Price: 33.75 NZD
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160 Ferguson, Dugald Poems of the Heart
Dunedin James Horsburgh 1897 First Edition Original Cloth Very Good with no dust jacket 
Viii, 232 pages + errata slip + frontis + 6 plates. Owner's stamp on title page. ; 12mo 
Price: 47.25 NZD
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