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The New Zealand Wars. A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period [Two volumes]

By: Cowan, James

Price: NZ$326.25

Publisher: Wellington, R. E. Owen, Government Printer: 1922-1923

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 19254

Condition: Good+ with no dust jacket


Some pencil marginalia. Some clippings tipped in, some other clippings loosely included. The front free endpaper is chipped, and has been pasted down to the pastedown endpaper. Moderate rubbing to cloth boards. Spine rubbed and faded. 1" x 1/8" rodent nibble to lower edge of front board of volume one. Previous owner's rubber name stamps on endpapers and title page "H. W. Insull [. . .] New Plymouth". ; Two volumes (complete). This is the first edition of this popular work, which has since been reprinted several times. Volume One covers the period 1845-1864, while Volume Two c... View more info

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Suwarrow Gold and Other Stories of the Great South Sea

By: Cowan, James

Price: NZ$217.50

Publisher: London, Jonathan Cape: (1936)

Edition: First Edition

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 18755

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Some foxing. No dust-jacket.; This copy nicely inscribed to O. N. Gillespie by the author in black ink on front endpaper. The inscription is in Maori: "Kia Te Kirepi - / O. N. Gillespie / Na Tona Loa / Na James Cowan / (Hemi Kawana) / Dec. 1936". 253 pages. Tan cloth boards with black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 201 x 135mm. A collection made by Cowan of true accounts of nautical adventures and episodes in the Pacific. "Just in time, before the older generation of South Sea adventurers has died out, Mr. Cowan has assembled his memories, at first and second ... View more info

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Tales of the Maori Coast

By: Cowan, James

Price: NZ$65.00

Publisher: Wellington, Fine Arts (N. Z.): 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 21448

Condition: Very Good in Good dust jacket


No signatures. Chips to ends of dust-jacket spine and corners of dust-jacket. Dust-jacket spine with foxing and dampstain. Dust-jacket protected in archival mylar cover.; [vi], 197, [1] pages. Grey boards with black lettering on spine and front board. Page dimensions: 210 x 133mm. This volume is a re-telling by Cowan of various historical events, the genre something like historical fiction? Contents: The Facts about Jonah; Big Fishing: A Bay of Plenty Pastoral; The Trader; The Pig Schooner: A Tale of the Coast Traders; The Treasure in the Sand; The Shingle-Splitter; The Bright Head of Barney; ... View more info

Tales of the Maori Border

By: Cowan, James

Price: NZ$26.10

Publisher: Wellington, A. H. and A. W. Reed / Raupo Books: [1944]

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001147

Condition: Good with no dust jacket


No signatures. Moderate foxing. 1/2" chip missing at tail of spine. No signatures. ; No date [1944]. 160, (2) pages + frontis + 8 illustrations. With a tribute to James Cowan by Alan Mulgan. Frontispiece portrait shows James Cowan reading at a table. ; 12mo View more info

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The New Zealand Wars - A History of the Maori Campaigns and the Pioneering Period. Volume I: 1845-64; Volume II: The Hauhau Wars, 1864-72

By: Cowan, James

Price: NZ$159.50

Publisher: Wellington, Government Printer: 1983

Seller ID: 21507

ISBN: 0477012302

Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket


Previous owner's signature in pencil. ; Two volumes (complete). Reprint edition - "Reprinted with amendments 1983" (the first edition was published in 1922) . Volume One: xxviii, 466, [1], [1 (blank)] pages. Volume Two: xx, 633, [3 (blank)] pages. Red cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front board. Illustrated. Page dimensions: 217 x 137mm. In this 1983 printing the main body of the text is photographically reproduced from the 1955 reprint. Some of the original photographs could not be found and duplicates had to be used to produce the illustrations. The index has been impr... View more info

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The Adventures of Kimble Bent: a Story of Wild Life in the New Zealand Bush

By: Cowan, James

Price: NZ$46.40

Publisher: Christchurch, Capper Press: (1975)

Seller ID: 18835

Condition: Poor in Poor dust jacket


Ex-library. Rebound. Binding poor, with front hinge broken, and text block nearly detached from front board. Dust-jacket in plastic jacket with adhesive edges, taped to boards and endpapers. Dust-jacket cropped at edges. A rough reading copy.; A 1975 facsimile reprint of the original 1911 edition. xxi, [1], 336 pages. 15 illustrations + 1 map within the pagination.Page dimensions: 212 x 134mm. Contents: The Deserter; Kimble Bent, Sailor and Soldier; The Camp of the Hauhaus; In the Otapawa Stockade; Te Ua, Priest and Prophet; The Storming of Otapawa; Bush Life with the Hauhaus; The Hauhau Counc... View more info

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The Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

By: Cowan, James

Price: NZ$65.25

Publisher: Wellington, The Tongariro National Park Board: 1927

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 20750

Condition: Very Good- with no dust jacket


Folding map has a large tear, and a smaller tear. Fading to spine. ; 156 pages + plates + frontispiece + folding map at rear. Red flexible cloth covers. Page dimensions: 214mm x 137mm. Title continues, "Its Topography, Geology, Alpine And volcanic Features, History And Maori Folk-Lore." View more info

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Wanderlust Magazine Vol I, Nos 1-6, Vol II, No 1 (Complete Set)

By: Wanderlust Magazine [Authors Include Malcolm Ross; James Cowan; Nomad; Tiro Tiro; E. T. Frost]

Price: NZ$507.50

Publisher: Auckland, Wanderlust Magazine: 1930

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 7566

Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket


Some fading to wrappers. Overall unusally nice condition with little wear to paper spines. ; Vol. I. Nos 1-6, Vol II, No. 1. Only seven issues were published. This is a complete set. An early incarnation of a "New Zealand Geographic" type magazine. Numerous b&w illustrations. Some colour illustrations, including illustrations of the Pink and White Terraces. Includes Malcolm Ross's article "The First Traverse of Mt. Cook", which shortly before his death Ross called "The finest piece of descriptive work I have ever done". Also includes: "The Climbers" by Malcolm ... View more info