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181 Frame, Janet The Envoy from Mirror City: An Autobiography: Volume Three
Auckland Hutchinson of New Zealand (1985) 0091616905 / 9780091616908 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 
Owner's signature blacked out on front endpaper..No tears in dust wrapper. Vertical crease in rear flap of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper is not price-clipped. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. A clean copy. ; The first edition of the third volume of Frame's autobiography. True first edition, preceding both the UK and the US editions. 176 pages. Blue boards with gilt lettering on spine. ; 8vo 
Price: 84.50 NZD
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The Envoy from Mirror City: An Autobiography: Volume Three, Frame, Janet
182 Frame, Janet The Envoy from Mirror City: An Autobiography: Volume Three
Auckland Hutchinson of New Zealand (1985) 0091616905 / 9780091616908 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Some foxing to top page edges. Light foxing to the inside of the dust wrapper. ; The first edition of the third volume of Frame's autobiography. True first edition, preceding both the UK and the US editions. 176 pages. Blue boards with gilt lettering on spine. ; 8vo 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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The Rainbirds, Frame, Janet
183 Frame, Janet The Rainbirds
London W. H. Allen 1968 0491004117 / 9780491004114 First Edition Hardcover Good in Fair dust jacket 
Ex-library (Somerset County Council County Library). Library stamps and markings. Endpapers replaced. Dustjacket laminated to boards with adhesive plastic. Lacking the dustjacket flaps, although the blurb from the front flap has been pasted down onto the front endpaper. ; First printing. This UK edition preceded the publication of the New Zealand edition the following year. 206 pages. Page dimensions: 190 x 117mm. Although not one of Frame's earliest works, "The Rainbirds" is one of the harder-to-find titles in the first edition. Dustjacket art by Jenny Williams.; 8vo 
Price: 52.00 NZD
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The Rainbirds, Frame, Janet
184 Frame, Janet The Rainbirds
Christchurch, New Zealand Pegasus 1969 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
A 1/8" tear in edge of dust wrapper. No chips to dust wrapper. Small 1/2" stain to front panel of dust wrapper. Dustwrapper protected in archival mylar cover. No signatures.; First NZ edition. 206 pages. Mauve-grey boards with gilt titles on spine. Although not one of Frame's earliest works, this first NZ edition of "The Rainbirds" is one of her harder-to-find titles. ; 8vo 
Price: 208.00 NZD
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185 Frame, Janet The Rainbirds
Christchurch, New Zealand Pegasus (1969) First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Moderate foxing to top page edges. Some foxing to endpapers. Heavy fading to the purple coloured "rainbird" in the upper part of the dust wrapper spine (it has become more or less an "invisible bird"). No tears to dust wrapper. Dustwrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; First New Zealand edition (previously published in the UK by W. H. Allen). 206 pages. Mauve-grey boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 197 x 125mm. This copy has loosely included a "Review Copy" slip from the Pegasus Press, which includes the details of the New Zealand retail price and publication date ("20 February 1969"). "The Rainbirds" is a novel Frame wrote while she held the Robert Burns Fellowship at the University of Otag, Dunedin, New Zealand. The first edition was the UK edition. It was later published by her American publisher George Braziller with her preferred title "Yellow Flowers in the Antipodean Room". "Dark stocky macrocarpa trees, one with a swing suspended from it, were grouped about the entrance. The ground was littered with the sharp nuts; a bluegum smell filled the air." - page 146. ; 8vo 
Price: 211.25 NZD
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186 Frame, Janet The Reservoir and Other Stories
Christchurch, New Zealand The Pegasus Press 1966 First Edition Original Cloth Very Good in Good dust jacket 
First NZ edition (containing a selection of stories from the US two volume edition of "The Reservoir" and "Snowman, Snowman"). 240 pages. Black cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Front free endpaper torn out. 1/4" tears to edges of dustwrapper. Moderate rubbing to dustwrapper. Some surface chips with small loss of text to rear panel of dustwrapper. Dustwrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 8vo 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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Books on Various Subjects: History; Private Presses; Natural History; European History and Travel; Literature; History of English Law, Francis Edwards Ltd.
187 Francis Edwards Ltd. Books on Various Subjects: History; Private Presses; Natural History; European History and Travel; Literature; History of English Law
London Francis Edwards Ltd. (1970) First Edition Softcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Staples rusted.; Antiquarian bookseller's catalogue from the London firm of Francis Edwards (established 1855). 73 pages. Printed wrappers. Page dimensions: 216 x 139mm. 1281 entries. ; Catalogue No. 939; 8vo 
Price: 18.20 NZD
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Fine Books: Aldine Press; Atlases and Maps; Autograph Letters and Manuscripts; Fine Bindings; Illuminated Manuscripts; Incunabula; Natural History; Science and Medicine; Voyages and Travels; General Literature; Illustrated Books; Private Presses, Francis Edwards Ltd.
188 Francis Edwards Ltd. Fine Books: Aldine Press; Atlases and Maps; Autograph Letters and Manuscripts; Fine Bindings; Illuminated Manuscripts; Incunabula; Natural History; Science and Medicine; Voyages and Travels; General Literature; Illustrated Books; Private Presses
London Francis Edwards Ltd. (1971) First Edition Softcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Crease to final leaf and rear wrapper.; Antiquarian bookseller's catalogue from the London firm of Francis Edwards. Of note in this catalogue are 6 illuminated manuscripts (including a Book of Hours and several Hours of the Virgin), and 23 Incunabula. 78 pages + frontispiece. Blue wrappers. Page dimensions: 216 x 139mm. 449 entries. ; Catalogue No. 955; 8vo 
Price: 18.20 NZD
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189 Francis, Robert A New Zealand Harp
London A. H. Stockwell First Edition Original Cloth Good with no dust jacket 
No date [1926].112 pages. Poetry. Selected titles: "Land of the Moa"; "O Scotia Land of Leal and Free"; The Haggis"; "We're Scots"; "The Wax-Eye". [Reference: Bagnall F698]. ; 12mo 
Price: 22.10 NZD
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Villa Anodyne, Frankau, Pamela
190 Frankau, Pamela Villa Anodyne
London John Lane the Bodley Head (1936) First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
Heavy dust stains to spine and board and page edges. Spine rubbed and soiled and discoloured. Most of front free endpaper removed. Previous owner's marginalia on half-title page.; [viii], 310 pages + [2] pages advertisements. Yellow cloth boards. Page dimensions: 203 x 135mm. A novel, set in the south of France. [Seller ref: Knightcol] ; 8vo 
Price: 44.20 NZD
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The Pacific, Freeman, Donald B.
191 Freeman, Donald B. The Pacific
London Routledge (2010) 0415775728 / 9780415775724 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with No dust jacket as issued 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Library stickers and labels at tail of spine and on rear board and rear endpaper. ; xii, 260 pages. Illustrated papered boards. Page dimensions: 234 x 153mm. "Exploring the ocean's place in human history, this wide ranging book draws together the long and varied physical, economic, cultural and political history of the Pacific, from Prehistory through to the present day. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to show the changing viewpoints of those who explored, exploited and settled the Pacific, including the inhabitants of its Asian and American rim-lands. The book draws on new research in a variety of areas, such as early Pacific migrations, impacts of European colonization, the effects of climate change, and current economic and political developments. It provides a uniquely broad overview that will be of vital interest to students and to all those with an interest in World History." Table of Contents:Introduction 1. Comprehending the Pacific: Environmental Influences and Effects 2. Peopling the Pacific: from Prehistory to the First European Incursions 3. Claiming the Pacific: European Exploration and Annexation 4. Encompassing the Pacific: Revolutions in Transport, Navigation and Chart-Making 5. Exploiting Pacific Resources 6. Contesting the Pacific: Military Activity, Colonial Struggle and Imperial Competition 7. Picturing the Pacific: The Ocean Hemisphere in Art, Literature and Film 8. Developing the Pacific: Political Independence, Economic Advancement, and Environmental Protection. Conclusion. Selected Bibliography. 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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Zealandia. A Monthly Magazine Of New Zealand Literature, By New Zealand Authors (Volume One only), Freeman, William (ed.)
192 Freeman, William (ed.) Zealandia. A Monthly Magazine Of New Zealand Literature, By New Zealand Authors (Volume One only)
Dunedin J. Wilkie & Co 1890 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Lacks front free endpaper. Rubbing to ends of spine. Rubbing to corners of boards with 1/8" loss of cloth. A couple of 1/8" tears to cloth at head of spine. Rubbing along spine joints. ; [vi], 730 pages. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering. Page dimensions: 210mm x 132mm. ; 8vo 
Price: 78.00 NZD
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The Black Decameron, Frobenius, Leo
193 Frobenius, Leo The Black Decameron
London Sphere Books (1971) 0722136854 / 9780722136850 Softcover Good with No dust jacket as issued 
No signatures. Covers with moderate creasing, rubbing to edges. A couple of small stickers on front cover.; 284 pages + [4] pages advertisements. Page dimensions: 177 x 107mm. Cover title: "The Black Decameron - Erotic Tales from Central Africa". "40 ancient folk tales highlight the bizarre sexual customs and tribal rituals of the peoples of Central Africa" - from blurb on rear cover. 
Price: 39.00 NZD
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The Complete Rugby Footballer on the New Zealand System, Gallaher, D. & W. J. Stead
194 Gallaher, D. & W. J. Stead The Complete Rugby Footballer on the New Zealand System
London Methuen & Co. (1906) First Edition Hardcover Poor with no dust jacket 
Cloth split along entire length of front joint and most of rear joint. Hinges broken. Lacking the front free endpaper and half-title page. Also lacking the frontispiece and one other plate. Title leaf detached and loose. Some plates detached. Binding shaken. Ex-libris of "C. I." on front endpaper.; (iii)-xxiv, 322 pages + 31 pages advertisements + 19 of 21 plates (lacking the frontispiece and the plate facing page 200). Black cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 220 x 138mm. Sport, Rugby. This title is number 2 on D. McLaren's list of the "Ten Best Books on Rugby", and number 10 on his list of the "Ten Rarest Books On Rugby in New Zealand" [Ref: David McLaren, "A Handbook of Rugby Literature" (1985)].; 8vo 
Price: 260.00 NZD
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195 Galt, John The Entail: or the Lairds of Grippy (2 Volumes) [Volumes 5 and 6 of the Works of John Galt]
Edinburgh John Grant 1936 Original Cloth Good with no dust jacket Illustrated by Brock, C. E. 
2 volumes (complete) . Vol. 1: xx, (2) , 356 pages + frontis + 3 plates. Vol. 2: (8) , 320 pages + frontis + 3 plates. Maroon cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Cloth wrinkled on front board of Volume Two. Bump to rear board of Volume Two. No signatures. Introduction by S. R. Crockett. ; 12mo 
Price: 26.00 NZD
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196 Garrett, Simon (ed.); Contributors: Don Selwyn; Roma Potiki; Rore Hapipi; Hone Tuwhare; Rena Owen; Riwia Brown; John Broughton He Reo Hou: 5 plays by Maori playwrights
Wellington Playmarket (1991) 0908607261 / 9780908607266 First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Heavy crease to front wrapper. Light crease to first few leaves.; 239, [8] pages. Page dimensions: 210 x 147mm. Includes the play "In the Wilderness Without a Hat" by Hone Tuwhare on pp. 54-123. With photographic illustrations of each of the playwrights. Rena Owen starred in the film "Once Were Warriors". Her play in this collection is titled "Te Awa i Tahuti". ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Price: 19.50 NZD
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He Reo Hou: 5 plays by Maori playwrights, Garrett, Simon (ed.); Contributors: Don Selwyn; Roma Potiki; Rore Hapipi; Hone Tuwhare; Rena Owen; Riwia Brown; John Broughton
197 Garrett, Simon (ed.); Contributors: Don Selwyn; Roma Potiki; Rore Hapipi; Hone Tuwhare; Rena Owen; Riwia Brown; John Broughton He Reo Hou: 5 plays by Maori playwrights
Wellington Playmarket (1991) 0908607261 / 9780908607266 First Edition Softcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Moderate rubbing to edges and corners of spine and wrappers.; 239, [8] pages. Includes the play "In the Wilderness Without a Hat" by Hone Tuwhare on pp. 54-123. With photographic illustrations of each of the playwrights. Rena Owen starred in the film "Once Were Warriors". Her play in this collection is titled "Te Awa i Tahuti". ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Price: 65.00 NZD
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The Big Game And Other Stories, Gaskell, A. P.
198 Gaskell, A. P. The Big Game And Other Stories
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1947 First Edition Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Spine faded.; 142 pages. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 217mm x 137mm. New Zealand literature, short stories. "The football match at Carisbrook was over. Dusk was already falling, and during the last part of the game the flight of the ball and even the movements of the players had been hard to follow in the failing light." - the opening sentences of the story "The Big Game". 
Price: 31.20 NZD
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The Interpretative Power: Essays on Literature in Honour of Margaret Dalziel, Gibson, C. A. [Colin] (ed.)
199 Gibson, C. A. [Colin] (ed.) The Interpretative Power: Essays on Literature in Honour of Margaret Dalziel
Dunedin Department of English, University of Otago 1980 0959787135 / 9780959787139 First Edition Softcover Fair with no dust jacket 
No signatures. First three leaves detached from the binding (glue perishing).; [vi], 156 pages + portrait frontispiece. Literary criticism, by members of the Department of English, University of Otago. Various contributors. Xeroxed letter signed "Margaret" included loosely at front.; 8vo 
Price: 23.40 NZD
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Poems, Giles, J. [Joseph]
200 Giles, J. [Joseph] Poems
Christchurch Whitcombe and Tombs 1908 First Edition Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. ; (167) pages + errata slip. Green cloth boards with gilt swallow decoration on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 174 x 107mm. New Zealand poetry. Giles (1832-1930) was a Resident Magistrate for Auckland. His only other publication is "A critic of the single tax criticised". [Bibliographical Reference: Bagnall G247]; 16mo 
Price: 45.50 NZD
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