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1 Tasman, Abel Janszoon; Allen Curnow; J. C. Beaglehole Abel Janszoon Tasman & The Discovery of New Zealand
Wellington Department of Internal Affairs 1942 First Thus Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Moderate spots of foxing to endpapers. Split to gutter between pages 12 and 13 with spine mull visible. Foxing to wrappers. 3/8" missing at head of paper spine. 1/2" tear to margin of front wrapper. A 1 1/2" tear to paper at tail of spine. ; 66 pages. Card boards with French flaps. Page dimensions: 254 x 202mm.An edition of part of Able Tasman's journal, translated into English by M. F. Vigeveno. With introductory essays by poet Allen Curnow and historian J. C. Beagehole. Title page printed in red and black. Three large red initial letters. Several illustrations reproduced from J. E. Heere's facsimile edition of the Journal. ; 4to 11" - 13" tall 
Price: 81.00 NZD
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2 Curnow, Allen At Dead Low Water And Sonnets
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1949 First Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 
No signatures. Knock to bottom corner of front board. Some rubbing to spine and folds of dust wrapper. 1/4" tear to front panel of dust wrapper. Dust wrapper protected in archival mylar cover. ; 40 pages. Brown papered boards. Page dimensions: 196mm x 124mm. "At dead low water, smell of harbour bottom,/ Sump of opulent tides; in foul chinks twirl/ Weed and whorl of silt recoiling, clouding/ The wan harbour sighing on all its beaches." - from the poem 'At Dead Low Water.'; 8vo 
Price: 202.50 NZD
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3 Mason, R. A. K.; with an introduction by Allen Curnow Collected Poems
Christchurch Pegasus Press (1971) First Edition Hardcover Fair in Fair dust jacket 
Ex-library. Library stamps and markings. Dust wrapper in plastic jacket taped to boards. Adhesive tape along gutters at hinges. ; 113 pages. New Zealand poet. ; 8vo 
Price: 21.60 NZD
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4 Mason, R. A. K.; with an Introduction by Allen Curnow Collected Poems
Christchurch Pegasus Press (1975) Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Fading to spine.; 1975 reprint of the 1971 "New Edition". 113 pages. Cover title: "R. A. K. Mason 1905-71 - Definitive Edition - Collected Poems". New Zealand poet. Mason died in 1971. " Housman most obviously attracted him and a comparison between the two has often been made." - Times Literary Supplement, review quoted on rear wrapper. ; 8vo 
Price: 36.45 NZD
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5 Curnow, Allen Jack Without Magic: Poems
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1946 First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Small chip to corner of front wrapper. ; Unpaginated. [12] leaves including blank leaves at front and rear. Black paper wrappers with paper title label on front wrapper. Page dimensions: 188 x 110mm. New Zealand literature, poetry. Printed on laid paper. "Cleverer than ever O atom brain, / Nature you dread, and next to nature, art: / Jack without magic springs his traps in vain / Against these giants and genii of the heart." An edition of 200 copies. Uncommon. [Bibliographical reference: Bagnall C1907; McLaren 150] ; 12mo 
Price: 222.75 NZD
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6 Curnow, Allen The Axe: a Verse Tragedy
Christchurch The Caxton Press 1949 First Edition Original Wraps Good with no dust jacket 
85 pages. 1/2" tear at head of spine. Owner's signature. From front flap of wrapper: "Mr Curnow's Island of Mangaia, with its king, chiefs and priests, its Christians and pagans, is not merely the scene of a little regarded incident in Pacific History. In the poet's and dramatist's hands the island and the characters become symbolic of much beyond themselves [...]" Bagnall C1895.; 8vo 
Price: 54.00 NZD
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7 Curnow, Allen Valley of Decision: Poems by Allen Curnow
Auckland Auckland University College Students' Association Press 1933 First Edition Softcover Very Good with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Light foxing. Some rubbing and discolouration to paper spine and string binding. A well preserved copy.; Scarce. Pages unnumbered. 23 poems. The author's first book, published when he was 22 years old. Some of the poems had earlier been published in "Kiwi", "Phoenix", and "Art in New Zealand". The Auckland Students' Association Press was run by Bob Lowry and Ronald Holloway. Lowry's operation of the press and production of the "Phoenix" journal (which had 4 issues in total in its short life), was "proscribed" by the university authorities, after which Lowry moved south to Christchurch. "Valley of Decision" was published as "Phoenix Miscellany: 1". In a note to a collection of his poetry published in 1974, Curnow wrote of this title: "In 'Valley of Decision', and after it, some crisis or change from faith to scepticism may be read, however perplexed and precarious the faith was, and the scepticism no less so." [References: Robinson and Wattie, "The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature"(1998)].; 8vo 
Price: 607.50 NZD
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8 Whim-Wham [pseudonym of Allen Curnow] Verses 1941-1942
Christchurch Caxton Press 1942 First Edition Softcover Good+ with no dust jacket 
No signatures. Moderate fading to margins of wrappers. Some foxing to wrappers. No tears to spine. 1/32" loss at tail end of spine. Moderate rubbing to edges of wrappers. ; French wraps. 42 poems. [Reference: Bagnall C1915]. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 42, [1] 
Price: 81.00 NZD
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