Remarks on New Zealand, in February 1846

By: Fitz-Roy, Robert [Fitzroy]

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No signatures. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; A 1969 facsimile of the 1846 London first edition. Black boards with gilt lettering on spine. Page dimensions: 202 x 129mm. "This book, tenth in the Hocken Library series of reprints, is a true facsimile of the original edition of 1846. Dr T. M. Hocken in his Bibliography of the Literature relating to New Zealand notes the original as a work of great rarity, stating that only sixty copies were issued. Captain Robert Fitzroy, 1805-1865, first came to notice for the excellence of his hydrographic work when in command of H. M. S. Beagle during the thirties, accompanied by the naturalist Charles Darwin. During 1835 Fitzroy had briefly visited the Bay of Islands concerning which, in 1838, he gave evidence favourable to the missionaries before a Select Committee of the House of Lords. In December 1843 he assumed office as second Governor of New Zealand, commencing and administration bedevilled by lack of finance and inadequate military resources, an administration that began amidst the racial strife of the Wairau Massacre and ended with the rebellion of Heke in the North. Unashamedly philo-Maori, Fitzroy sought a policy of conciliation that by his own lights was both politic and just, a policy systematically villified by the New Zealand Company and its colonists, and uncomprehended by the Colonial Office half a world distant. The present work is at once an apologia for his governorship and an indictment of the organised settlement of New Zealand. Recalled in 1845 for failing to observe his Instructions, Fitzroy was later to record a career of distinct as a meteorologist, establishing the first weather forecasting service in Great Britain. Elected to the Royal Society in 1851, he rose eventually to the rank of Vice-Admiral, before taking his own life in 1865." - from dust-jacket blurb.

Title: Remarks on New Zealand, in February 1846

Author Name: Fitz-Roy, Robert [Fitzroy]

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Dunedin, Hocken Library: (1969)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket

Seller ID: 19974

Keywords: Robert Fitzroy New Zealand