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Andersen, Johannes C.; With A Foreword By A. T. Ngata Listings

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1 Andersen, Johannes C.; with a Foreword by A. T. Ngata Maori Life in Ao-tea
Christchurch Whitcombe and Tombs [1907] First Edition Hardcover Fair with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Ex-library, Pakuranga College Library and Dobson Library. Library stamps and markings. Cloth split along entire length of rear joint. 3/8" missing to cloth at head and tail of spine. Hinges broken. Gutter at front hinge reinforced with masking tape. ; This copy has an interesting signed inscription in ink by the author on the half-title page: "An attempt to show that there was a flowering of religion, adventure and industry in New Zealand, long before the advent of Marsden, the whalers and the colonists. Johannes C. Andersen". xi, [5], 675, [1] pages + frontispiece + 48 plates. Orange cloth boards. Black hei-tiki illustration on spine cloth, and further illustrations in black of a waka, taiaha, and woven cloth on the front board. Page dimensions: 217 x 138mm. "As a Maori, albeit a degenerate and much-contaminated, I have to acknowledge my appreciation of the conscientious, painstaking and interesting effort of the author to re-construct for us the scenes of the past." - from the Foreword by A. T. Ngata. Johannes Andersen was the librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library, the author of several titles on the Maori of New Zealand, a local historian, a collector of New Zealand books, and author of the first book on the subject of collecting New Zealand books, "The Lure of New Zealand Book Collecting" (1936). "Though indeed ancestors may appear in the shapes of creeping things, their commoner manifestation is in the kehua, dreading the light of fires and day, and coming to the wairua, or dream-spirit, of man at night. The kehua wanders among accustomed earthly places since it has been unable, through omitted ceremonies, to enter 'Reinga'. It must then be enabled to leave the world, or it will become a malignant spirit, afflicting its kindred who are still living." - page 449. [Bibliographical Reference: Bagnall A449]. ; 8vo; Signed by Author 
Price: 286.00 NZD
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2 Ngata, A. T Nga Moteatea
Hastings Paori Whakapapa (The Board of Maori Ethnological Research) 1928 Hardcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
Owner's signature. Slight foxing to first and last few leaves. Title hand written in white ink along cloth spine. Some foxing to page edges. Slight bumping to ends of spine.; [2], vii, 120 pages. Brown cloth boards with gilt lettering. Part I. Second impression. "He maramara rere no nga waka maha, he mea kohikohi." "A most extensive selection with detailed scholarly notes giving provenance of waiata and signifcance of allusions in text." - Bagnall N3706.; 8vo 
Price: 234.00 NZD
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3 Ngata, A. T. [Apirana] Nga Moteatea: He maramara rere no nga waka maha, he mea kohikohi
Hastings E. S. Cliff & Co 1928-1929 Hardcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Fading to cloth around margins of boards on Part II. A nice set. ; Part One: [2], vii, [1], 120, [1] pages. Brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on front board. Part Two: [2], xiii, [1], 121-255 pages. Purple cloth boards with gilt lettering. Part One is a second impression. [Reference: Bagnall N3706, N3707]. A collection of Maori waiata (songs) and whakapapa (genealogies). Text in Maori. Part One published in 1928, Part Two in 1929. [NB: A bi-lingual revised edition of Nga Moteatea in Maori and English was published in 1958-61]. ; 8vo 
Price: 357.50 NZD
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4 Ngata, A. T. [Apirana] Nga Moteatea: He maramara rere no nga waka maha, he mea kohikohi.
Hastings E. S. Cliff & Co [1928]-1929 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Boards very faded on Part Two. Moderate foxing to endpapers. Neat pencil marginalia and underlining throughout. Pencil former owner's signature of James Thompson, Takapuna in corner of front free endpaper of each volume. Ex-libris bookplate of Dr Corrie McLachlan on front pastedown endpaper of each volume.; Part One: [2], vii, [1], 120 pages. Brown cloth boards with gilt lettering on front board. Part Two: [2], xiii, [1], 121-255 pages. Purple cloth boards with gilt lettering. Provenance: James Thompson, Takapuna; Corrie McLachlan. [Bibliographical Reference Bagnall N3706, N3707] ; 8vo 
Price: 377.00 NZD
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