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21 Andersen, Johannes C. The Tui-Cymbalist and Other Verses
Auckland Printed By the Phoenix Printing Co. 1951 First Edition Original Wraps Very Good- with no dust jacket 
[iv], 56 pages. Light creasing to wrappers. No signatures. "A girl at the hearth was sitting; / A kettle hissed and steamed; / She thought of the night and shivered; / She looked at the fire and dreamed. " - from "The Daughter".; 8vo 
Price: 43.20 NZD
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Ripe for the Plucking, Anderson, Oliver
22 Anderson, Oliver Ripe for the Plucking
London Arthur Barker (1961) First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Good+ dust jacket 
No signatures. Some staining to rear endpaper. Hinges a little loose, with slight slant to spine. Quite heavy foxing to page edges and to dustjacket spine. Dustjacket is not price-clipped. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 204 pages. Black papered boards with yello lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 183 x 121mm. A novel.; 8vo 
Price: 67.50 NZD
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23 Andrews, Marion A Loyal Heart. a Tale of the Cornish Coast
London Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. 1898 Original Cloth Very Good- with no dust jacket 
158 pages + b&w frontis + 3 b&w plates + [16] pages advertisements. Illustrated cloth covers. Gilt lettering on front board. Black lettering in gilt panel on spine. Sunday School prize label on front pastedown dated 1903. Tissue guard to frontis present. Some rubbing to spine and to edges and corners of boards. Some browning to page edges. No splitting to hinges. ; 12mo ; Signed by 
Price: 18.90 NZD
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24 Asclepius Poet Triumphant: The Life and Writings of R. A. K. Mason (1905-1971)
Wellington Steele Roberts (2004) 1877228796 / 9781877228797 First Edition Softcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
336 pages. Illustrated. Blue illustrated wrappers. Dimensions: 9 1/2" by 6 3/4". Gift inscription from John & Anna [Caselberg] on inside front cover. "This book, written on behalf of the poet's widow Dorothea Mason, has been some thirty years in the making. In 1998 Victoria University Press agreed to publish a revised version of Asclepius's manuscript, to be co-authored by Rachel Barrownman. Eventually it was decided - because of diverging views on R. A. K. Mason and on the nature of biography - to produce separate volumes." - from blurb on rear wrapper.; 8vo 
Price: 60.75 NZD
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25 Ashton-Warner, Sylvia Spinster
London Secker & Warburg 1958 First Edition Original Cloth Fair in Good dust jacket 
First Edition, preceding the US edition. 269 pages. Maroon cloth covers with silver lettering on spine. Heavy spotting and browning to top page edges. Some staining to dust wrapper. 3/8" chip and 1/4" chips and tears in edges of dust wrapper. Dustwrapper is not price-clipped. ; 12mo 
Price: 16.20 NZD
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Where There's A Will . . ., Atkinson, M. E.
26 Atkinson, M. E. Where There's A Will . . .
London Thomas Nelson and Sons (1961) First Edition Hardcover Very Good- in Very Good- dust jacket 
Previous owner's name and address written twice on front endpaper. Small creases to lower corners of a few leaves. Small bump to lower corner of rear board. Dustjacket has some fading, several small 3/8" tears to margins, and a small 1/4" chip at head of dustjacket spine. Dustjacket is price-clipped. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; vii, [1], 254 pages. Green cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 200 x 132mm. Children's novel. Illustrated by Wendy Marchant. ; 8vo 
Price: 67.50 NZD
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A New Year Greeting, Auden, W. H.
27 Auden, W. H. A New Year Greeting
New York Scientific American (1969) First Edition Softcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Creasing to front wrapper. Some foxing to wrappers.; (16) pages. Page dimensions: 152 x 151mm. With illustrations by Thomas Prentiss. Printed on green coloured paper. Yellow wrappers. "The following verses were composed after the writer had read the article "Life on the Human Skin," by Mary J. Marples, in the January 1969 issue of Scientific American. The poem first appeared in the December 1969 issue of Scientific American. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author." ; 8vo 
Price: 102.60 NZD
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Distant Homes; or The Graham Family in New Zealand, Aylmer, J. E. (Mrs) [Isabella E.]
28 Aylmer, J. E. (Mrs) [Isabella E.] Distant Homes; or The Graham Family in New Zealand
London Griffith and Farran 1862 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Edges of boards rubbed, with some loss of cloth at corners. Early owner's signature dated [18]63 on verso of frontispiece, a later owner's signature on front free endpaper.; vii, [1], 199, [1 (blank)] pages + 32 pages advertisements + frontispiece + 2 plates. Original green cloth boards, rebacked with recent green leather spine. Gilt illustration on front board. Recent spine with five raised bands and gilt rule and lettering. Page dimensions: 170 x 120mm. Illustrated by J. Jackson. An early novel set in New Zealand. This work was reprinted several times in the late 19th century. This is the first edition, with 1862 imprint (in Roman numerals) on the title page. "Lucy Graham was working very hard at a number of fancy bags and baskets, evidently intended for a Christmas tree, when her brother George entered the room." - the opening sentence. Maori pataka (food storehouse) illustration on front board. [Bibliographical references: Bagnall 233 - "A Swiss-Family-Robinson-like account of immigrant life in New Zealand based on letters written from here by Rev. W. J. Aylmer of Akaroa to England and worked up by the wife his cousin. The second New Zealand novel by some accounting." Burns, "New Zealand Novels and Novelists 1861-1979" (1981), the second novel in Burns' chronological listing.] 
Price: 337.50 NZD
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29 Ballantyne, Robert Michael The Coral Island: a Tale of the Pacific Ocean
London T. Nelson and Sons 1894 New Edition Original Cloth Good with no dust jacket 
336 pages + color frontispiece. Blue illustrated cloth covers. Gilt panel on spine. Gilt panel on front board. "R M Ballantyne's Books for Boys" printed on front and rear board. Half-title page missing. Front hinge weak. Prize inscription on front endpaper. 1/4" chips and tears to cloth at ends of spine and at corners of boards. "Roving has always been, and still is, my ruling passion, the joy of my heart, the very sunshine of my existence. "; 12mo 
Price: 20.25 NZD
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The Sheep and the Chevrolet: A Journey through Kurdistan, Balsan, Francois
30 Balsan, Francois The Sheep and the Chevrolet: A Journey through Kurdistan
London Paul Elek (1947) First Edition Hardcover Good+ in Fair dust jacket 
Large piece missing from front panel of dustjacket. Smaller chips to rear panel and spine of dustjacket. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. Ex-libris Hardwicke Knight, with his bookplate on the front endpaper. Annotation on front endpaper. ; 176 pages + frontispiece + plates. Light brown cloth boards. Page dimensions: 218 x 136mm. An interesting account of the author's travels in Kurdistan circa 1940. Turkey, Armenia, Iran. The author was a wool buyer. [Seller ref: KnightCol]; 8vo 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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31 Baring-Gould, S. Mrs. Curgenven of Curgenven. [Volume 1 Only of 3 Volumes]
London Methuen & Co. 1893 First Edition Original Cloth Good with no dust jacket 
Volume One only (of three volumes) . Vi, 227 pages. Red cloth covers with gilt lettering on spine. Front free endpaper torn out. Label removed from front board with water damage causing loss of colour to cloth. 1/4" chips to cloth at tail corners of boards and tail of spine. Boards rubbed and worn. Some bruising to corners of boards. Internally . Top page edges dust stained. Previous owner in 1966 has recorded in ink on the title page their observation that the book was then 73 years old.; 8vo 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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Poems and Songs, Descriptive and Satirical, Barr, John
32 Barr, John Poems and Songs, Descriptive and Satirical
Edinburgh John Greig & Son 1861 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
An uncommonly well preserved copy of this scarce title. A little rubbing and staining to the cloth. Joints and hinges strong. A few spots of foxing. No signatures. ; A very early volume of New Zealand poetry. [xii], 254, [1] pages. Orange-brown blind-stamped cloth boards. Page dimensions: 170 x 104mm. "The author of the following Poems, a native of Paisley, emigrated to the thriving colony of Otago, New Zealand, in the year 1852. For some years previously he had been at the head of one of the first engineering establishments in Scotland. Misfortunes, however, overtook him, as they have done many a better man. [. . .] On his arrival at Otago he found it no easy matter to hew out a new home for his wife and children, but still he persevered, determined not to be beat, and ultimately succeeded in establishing himself in a comfortable and independent position, with 'Bread and cheese at his door cheeks, / And pancakes the rigging o't.' With regard to the pieces comprised in this little volume, many of them were composed when the Author was busily emplyed upon his ground, clearing with his axe, and many a long and sad thought did they help to beguile, both by night and by day; the writing of them out being, for a considerably time, his greatest recreation after his day's labour." - from the Preface. "Get ane can drub through dub and mire, / Wi' muckle buits and tackets; / Ane that can quell a mob o' kye, / When they kick up their rackets: / For beauty, lad, is but skin deep, / An' I had ance my share o't, / Although, nae doubt, I'm altered sair, / I took sae little care o't. / For it's nae joke, &c." - page 158. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall317] 
Price: 236.25 NZD
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33 Barrowman, Rachel Mason: The Life of R. A. K. Mason
Wellington Victoria University Press (2003) 0864734638 / 9780864734631 First Edition Softcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Creasing to spine.; 455 pages + plates.; 8vo 
Price: 36.45 NZD
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Windows on the Morning Side, Bascand, Helen
34 Bascand, Helen Windows on the Morning Side
Christchurch Sudden Valley Press (2001) 0958209111 / 9780958209113 First Edition Softcover Near Fine with no dust jacket 
No signatures.; 81, [2] pages. Illustrated wrappers. New Zealand poetry. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Price: 35.10 NZD
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Grandma Cadbury's Safari Tours, Bates, Dianne; illustrated by Kevin Burgemeestre
35 Bates, Dianne; illustrated by Kevin Burgemeestre Grandma Cadbury's Safari Tours
North Ryde, NSW Angus & Robertson 1989 0207166760X First Edition Softcover Good with no dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Covers laminated in clear plastic. ; 84 pages. Page dimensions: 213 x 135mm. Children's story. 
Price: 18.90 NZD
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Blow, Wind of Fruitfulness, Baxter, James K.
36 Baxter, James K. Blow, Wind of Fruitfulness
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1948 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Fair dust jacket 
Previous owner's signature. Dustjacket spine has tears and losses. Foxing and some creasing to dustjacket. Dustjacket protected in archival mylar cover. ; 51 pages + [1] leaf erratum. Brown boards with printed paper label on front board. Page dimensions: 195 x 121mm. Series Title: "The Caxton Poets: No. 2". The New Zealand poet's second book, after "Beyond the Palisade" (1944). 36 poems, including "High Country Weather"; "Haast Pass"; "Tunnel Beach". [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall B431]. ; 8vo 
Price: 337.50 NZD
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Runes, Baxter, James K.
37 Baxter, James K. Runes
London Oxford University Press 1973 0192118285 / 9780192118288 First Edition Original Wraps Very Good with no dust jacket 
52 pages. Rubbing to edges of spine and margins of wrappers. Fading to wrappers. Spine very faded. Some staining to wrappers. Some browning to page edges. Owner's name in ink on title page. Creasing to some page corners. ; 52 pages. Illustrated card wrappers. Page dimensions: 214mm x 132mm. "Poetry Book Society Recommendation" wraparound band. ; 8vo 
Price: 31.05 NZD
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38 Baxter, James K. Runes
London Oxford University Press 1973 0192118285 / 9780192118288 First Edition Original Wraps Good with no dust jacket 
52 pages. Rubbing to edges of spine and margins of wrappers. Fading to wrappers. Spine very faded. Some staining to wrappers. Some browning to page edges. Owner's name in ink on title page. Creasing to some page corners. ; 8vo 
Price: 22.95 NZD
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39 Baxter, James K. The Fire and the Anvil: Notes on Modern Poetry
Wellington New Zealand University Press (1957) Second Edition Original Wraps Very Good- with no dust jacket 
78 pages. French wraps. Owner's rubber stamp "J. F. Wilson". Neat pencil marginalia by previous owner. Some browning to wrappers. Minor rubbing to wrappers at ends of spine. Contents: The Criticism of Poetry; The Creative Mask; Symbolism in New Zealand Poetry. ; 8vo 
Price: 22.95 NZD
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40 Baxter, James K. The Holy Life and Death of Conrete Grady: Various Uncollected and Unpublished Poems
Wellington Oxford University Press 1976 195580206 First Edition Original Cloth Good with no dust jacket 
99 pages. Red cloth covers with gilt titles on spine. This is the hardcover edition. Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Some surface damage to endpapers. Some adhesive tape stains to boards. No dust wrapper. "Chosen and Introduced by J. E. Weir". ; Ex-Library; 8vo 
Price: 40.50 NZD
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