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1 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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2 Domett, Alfred Ranolf and Amohia: A South-Sea Day-Dream
London Smith, Elder & Co. 1872 First Edition Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
A 2/3" x 1/4" chip to cloth at tail end of spine. A couple of 3/8" chips to cloth at lower corners of boards. Small 1/4" tears to cloth at head of spine and joints. Bump to top corner of front board. Endpapers replaced, but with front and rear free endpaper preserved. Early owner's inscription on title page: "George Preece from his sincere friend George H Davies / Wellington 31.7.[18]75". ; [iv], 511 pages + [1] page errata. Orange cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and black rule to boards. Page dimensions: 191 x 123mm. An epic verse poem. Domett was a figure in mid-19th century New Zealand politics, a contemporary of Sir George Grey. ; 8vo 
Price: 135.00 NZD
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