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Ollivier, Isabel & Cheryl Hingley (transcriptions And Translations By); With Appendices Compiled By Jeremy Spencer Listings

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1 Ollivier, Isabel & Cheryl Hingley (transcriptions and translations by); with Appendices compiled by Jeremy Spencer Early Eyewitness Accounts of Maori Life: 1, 2, 3 & 4 [Three volumes]
Wellington Alexander Turnbull Library Endowment Trust with Indosuez New Zealand 1985-87 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- with no dust jacket 
Minor bruising to spine ends. Some spots of foxing. Some wrinkles to the preliminary leaves in the first volume. Some pencil marginalia in the second volume. ; Three volumes. Volume One is the second edition of 1987. Volume Two is a first edition, published 1985. Volume Three (3&4 in one volume) is a first edition, published 1986. Volume I: "Extracts from journals relating to the visit to New Zealand of the French ship St Jean Baptiste in December 1769 under the command of J. F. M. de Surville". [vi], 227 pages. Volume II: "Extracts from Journals relating to the visit to New Zealand in May-July 1772 of the French ships Mascarin and Marquis de Castries under the command of M.-J. Marion du Fresne". viii, 395 pages. Volume III (i.e. "Early Eyewitness Acounts of Maori Life: 3 and 4"): "Extracts from New Zealand journals written on ships under the command of d'Entrecasteaux and Duperrey 1793 and 1824". 219 pages. All volumes: Grey cloth boards with black panels on spine and front board. Page dimensions: oblong 290 x 244mm. Text bi-lingual in French and English in parallel columns. "Until quite recently, the image of 'Traditional Maori Society' established by the great scholars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries - Elsdon Best, Sir Peter Buck and Sir Raymond Firth - has seemed immune to question [. . .] I first began to wonder about these classic accounts of early Maori society during fieldwork on Maori gatherings in 1970-72, while travelling with elders to a number of marae in different parts of the North Island. As we travelled, each tribal area seemed quite different from the others, in traditions, marae procedures, style of life and history of dealing with the Europeans [. . .] The main aim of this project is to return to the first European accounts of Maori communities and to first principles of research - to study their observations on a precisely regional and historical basis, so that we may begin to understand how Maori life in particular places has changed since earliest contact. This perspective is perhaps the closest that European scholarship can come to tribal accounts of the past, based on particular landscapes and particular successions of ancestors. And in one important way the early European reports complement tribal tradition, for they dwell on those physical aspects of life - houses, clothing, canoes, ornaments and wapons - that rarely if ever are described in the oral histories." - from the Foreword by Anne Salmond. ; 8vo 
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