Report of a Topographical and Geological Exploration of the Western Districts of the Nelson Province, New Zealand. Undertaken for the Provincial Governmetn by Julius Haast, Esq.

By: Haast, Julius

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Ex-General Assembly Library of New Zealand, Parliamentary Library, New Zealand Collection. Some library rubber stamps. Library plate on front endpaper, with "Withdrawn" rubber stamp. Rebound in green half-calf with red leather lettering piece on spine. The original green printed paper wrappers are not present. Dark green pebble grain cloth boards. Gilt stamps of the General Assembly New Zealand Library at tail of spine and on front board. Page edges sprinkled. A multitude of blank fly leaves bound in at rear, to fill out the binding. Some library rubber stamps. Library plate on front endpaper, with "Withdrawn" rubber stamp. Some rubbing to leather lettering piece and to joints and corners. Crease to title leaf.; Uncommon. (iii)-viii, 150 pages. Rebound in half-calf binding. Page dimensions: 200 x 136mm. "Yesterday evening I had set fire to the high fern before us in order to have an easier walk with our heavy loads, and during the night it was a splendid sight to see the surrounding country in flames, the ti trees amongst the fern appearing like distinct columns of fire." - pages 19-20. "Before starting, I had rather a stormy scene with the native whom I had engaged at the Mawhera pah, because I would not permit him to select his own load, but compelled him, as was fair, to take that which was determined to be his by lot. To this he would not submit, and seizing the paddles, he attempted to take the canoe, which did not belong to him, and return to the pah. It is scarcely necessary to assert that I objected strongly to his proceedings, and it was only after considerable time that I could bring him back to his duty." - page 33. "The river bed was here very narrow, all before and around us were breakers formed by the rushing of the torrent over snags, which encumbered the river in every direction. We travelled at the rate of ten miles an hour at the least, and all the skill and energy of the Maories were required to guide the canoe safely through: not a word was spoken, everyone looked before him, expecting each moment that the canoe would be dashed to pieces agains a tree." - page 42. "[. . .] arrived at the famous cliff of the Miko. As this cliff is not merely perpendicular, but in some places overhangs, the Maories have constructed two ladders, one fifteen feet, and the other thirty-one feet in length, and consisting of pieces of rata lashed together with flax, the steps being placed at irregular intervals." - pages 47-48. "I was much interested here on observing the tracks of numerous kakapos, or night parrots, which seemed to lead a tranquil life, unmolested by wild dogs, by which these beautiful birds have almost been extirpated in other places, existing now only on the mountain tops and in a few very remote valleys." - page 57. "No large myriapode came within my observation, and the few ants which we met with occasionally were never troublesome." - page 145. [Bibliographical references: Bagnall 2401 - "Although much of Haast's Nelson survey of 1860 which he undertook for the Nelson Provincial Government was in the footsteps of Heaphy, Brunner, the Mackays and Rochfort, the journey was the first scientific appraisal which included the discovery of the Coalbrookdale (Denniston) coal field. The eight months' walk with James Burnett and five others was from Rotoiti and Rotoroa to the Buller, the Maruia, Rahu Saddle to the Grey, the Mawheraiti and thence up the coast to Collingwood. The first 69 pages of the Report describe the journey; Chapter II covers physical geography, III Geology and the final three, roads, passes and land, zoology and botany."; Hocken p. 208 - "An eight months' exploration, in 1860, from Nelson to the Grey, Buller, &c., and back. The account of bird-life is especially interesting."]

Title: Report of a Topographical and Geological Exploration of the Western Districts of the Nelson Province, New Zealand. Undertaken for the Provincial Governmetn by Julius Haast, Esq.

Author Name: Haast, Julius

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Nelson, Printed by C. and J. Elliott: 1861

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

Seller ID: 19690