Books on the history of New Zealand people and places. Political and social history. Regional and local history, economic history.

All these prices are in New Zealand dollars.

Canterbury History

Church and School Histories

Otago History

A History of the National Dairy Association of New Zealand 1894-1984

VG VG DW affixed to boards along the lower folding joint at fore edge.

$30 C/B [NZ 143]

np nd ix 227pp illustrated.

Milford Trails

The story of the Fiordland tramping tracks and huts, and the history of the Milford and Dusky Sounds area of Southland.

Near FINE hardback in Near FINE dust jacket
$25 C/C
Reed 1971 FIRST EDITION 181pp + plates, map endpapers.
[NZ16+ 3083 ]

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with minor tear
$20 C/C
Reed 1974 revised second edition, hardcover, 187pp + plates.
[#310 ]

The Golden Coast
Descriptive of the Westland District, New Zealand. Its Forests, Lakes, Glaciers, and Mountain Passes

An early tourist publication for the Westland District which includes information on travel distances, itineraries for travellers and fares for public transport providers. Fully illustrated throughout with photographs. Includes how to get to Hokitika from Christchurch or Nelson, and then day excursions from Hokitika. Focuses on the Franz Joseph and Fox Glaciers as destinations. Also Haast Pass route to South Westland.

G+ softback in paper wrappers with some edge wear and minor chipping. Back of the spine has lost a good deal of the paper but the sheets are holding well. Recent gift inscription to title page.
$45 C/A
New Zealand Government Department of Tourist and Health Resorts 1906, 53pp
[#3069 ]

Letters from New Plymouth 1843

Letters from Settlers & Labouring Emigrants, in the New Zealand Company's settlements of Wellington, Nelson & New Plymouth. From February 1842 to January 1843.
Taranaki, history, colonial

VG hardback with no jacket, book has tape rust to endpapers, inscription to top of endpaper, boards lightly sunned to edges.
$30 B/A
Smith Elder & Co (1843) reprinted by H D Mullon 1968, small 12mo hard cover, 89pp + modern preface etc, engraved frontis.
[#2354 ]

Blackie: A Story of the Old-time Bushman
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This is the story of Blackie (Andrew Black), a legendary bushman who worked and fought and drank and gambled his way from Tasmania to Victoria to Otago to the King Country to Northland, and to the Solomon Islands where his bones now lie buried. It is also the story of his only love, Ettie, whose heart he nearly broke with his mania for grog and gambling. She married someone else, but....Ted Ashby first met them in the timber-mill town of Powelltown, Victoria, where he went to work in the 1920s. He worked with Blackie there and later in the Solomons before World War II, and then met up with him in the Solomons again after the war ended.

VG hardback in VG dustjacket with mild sun fading.Recounts timber milling and bush clearing in Australia, new Zealand and the tropics.
$15 C/C
Reed 1978 first edition hardcover, 129pp + plates.
[#309 / 3309]

Avondale History Group   The Challenge of the Whau
A history of Avondale, a suburb of Auckland. From 1750 to 1990. Maori and European settlement, development and history.

VG softback
$35 B/C
Avondale History Group 1994, 128 pages + appendices. ISBN0473022737 [#2606 new zealand history auckland ]

BAGLIN Douglass & Yvonne Austin
New Zealand Pub Crawl


$20 C/C [Item# 194 NZ]

Beckett 1984 first edition hardcover, large 8vo, 128pp. A tour through New Zealand pubs giving their history and characters with many good colour photos. ISBN 0908676204

BARBER Laurie   War Memorial A Chronology of New Zealand and World War II (Two)
FINE $30 C/C Heinemann Reed 1989 first edition softcovered, 304pp + plates. ISBN 0790000431 [NZ 45]

Sir Harry Atkinson 1831-1892

A biography of Harry Albert Atkinson (1831 - 1892) early colonist and settler, includes New Zealand Wars / Maori Wars in Taranaki.

VG hardback in VG unclipped dust jacket
$25 C/B
Auckland University Press 1975, x 196pp + plates and maps. [#2893 new zealand, history, biography, Taranaki ]

BATHGATE D A  Doctor in the Sticks
A lifetime of medical service in pre 1930 general practise on the West Coast, Otira, Motueka, Ashburton and the Hawkes Bay during the earthquake.

VG hardback in VG dustjacket with inscription to fep $15 C/C Collins 1972 FIRST EDITION hardcover 172pp + plates. [NZ 27 new zealand history biography ]

VG hardback in VG- dustjacket sunned to the spine, gift inscription to fep. $15 C/C Collins 1973 hardcover 172pp + plates. [Item# 306 new zealand history biography ]

BAUGHAN B E   Brown Bread from a Colonial Oven Being sketches of Up-Country life in New Zealand
G+ uniformaly dust soiled cloth, frontis detached and shows tape rust along spine edge of the frontis and the title, inscription dated 1918 to fep, rear joint split to top half, $35 C/C Whitcombe and Tombs (1912) first edition of 1,000 copies (B401), cloth with illustration of a coal range to cover, viii 208pp illustrated by Dagmar Huie. Includes early colonial accounts of Maori. [# 691 nzhst]

Forest and Ice

Early guide-book printed in Whitcombe and Tombs Dainty Booklet Series covers the Southern Alps and Westland, including the Hermitage, Copeland Pass, Mount Cook, the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Illustrated with photographs. Gives good information on the scenery to be encountered during a tour of the region.
Dainty Booklet Series 16.

G+ softback, sewn sheets in paper wrapper with small hole worn into cover.
$35 A/A
Whitcombe and Tombs undated (c.1910)
[#3068 ]

BAYER NEW ZEALAND   Milestones in New Zealand the history of Bayer in New Zealand to the year 2000
Fine $20 C/C Bayer 2000 first edition soft cover, 220pp. Printed on gloss stock. New Zealand company history of Bayer Chemicals branch. ISBN 0473067048 [# 1414 new zealand history]

Lighting the Coast
A History of New Zealand's Coastal Lighthouse System
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The first comprehensive history of New Zealand's system of lighthouses that were essential for 'the great maritime future' the government envisaged. Details the siting, design, construction, operation and eventual demanning of these nineteenth- and early twentieth-century installations, and reveals much of the lives of the lighthouse keepers, ?practical, independent men who took their families to live in remote parts of New Zealand?, and raises critical questions about the future of the historic structures.

VG+ hardback with no dust jacket.
$95 B/D
Canterbury University Press 2006, 352pp.
[#3326 ]

BEAGLEHOLE J C   The Discovery of New Zealand second edition enlarged
VG VG+ owner's small rubber name stamp to fep, title and preface $50 C/B Oxford University Press 1961 cloth 101pp + plates and folding map [# 649 nz hist]

BEGG A. Charles and Neil C. Begg 
Dusky Bay
In the Steps of Captain Cook

A history of Dusky Bay in south-west Fiordalnd, where Cook and his men spent five weeks in 1773. Frequented by whalers, sealers, sailors and others since. Includes Richard Henry, the ornithologist and conservationist of Resolution Island, saviour of the kakapo. Some colour photos.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$50 B/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1968 REVISED EDITION, 240pp + plates.
[#3038 ]

BEGG A. Charles and Neil C. Begg 
Port Preservation
The Story of Preservation Inlet and the Solander Grounds

A history of the changing fortunes of this part of remote Fiordland. Many varied attempts at settlement and industry have all failed in this harsh environment.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$75 B/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1973 FIRST EDITION, 398pp + plates.
[#3039 ]

BEGG A. Charles and Neil C. Begg 
The World of John Boultbee
Including an account of Sealing in Australia and New Zealand

Based on research into the account written by the well educated Englishman, Boultbee, who turned his hand to sealing, this is a full scale history of the sealing trade out of Hobart Town in the 1820s. Includes dealings with the Southland chiefs of Murihiku.

VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket
$55 B/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1979 FIRST EDITION, 329pp + plates.
[#3040 ]

G+ hardback in VG- dust jacket, the free endpapers at front and back have been removed.
$30 B/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1979 FIRST EDITION, 329pp + plates.
[#3040B ]

Scrutiny on the County

A history of Marlborough and the Marlborough City Council. From the Wairau massacre to 1985. THIS COPY has a signed presentation inscription by the author to the dedication page.

VG hardback in a G+ dust jacket with a few tape repaired tears to edges. Bottom rear corner of endpaper map has minor marker note over blank part of the map.
$30 C/C
Marlborough County Council 1986 first edition, 255pp.

BIDWELL John Carne with introduction by CRH TAYLOR and an essay by HH ALLAN 
Rambles in New Zealand 1839

An account of John Carne Bidwell's adventures in 1839, when travelling with Maori, he explored the central North Island, and at a time when few Pakeha ventured outside settlements, he reached Lake Taupo, and ascended Tongariro and Ngauruhoe.
This is the second edition, (after the 1841 original) in the second impression after the limited first impression.

VG quarter cloth hardback in VG- dust jacket with minor wear or soiling.
$45 C/C
The Pegasus Press 1952 second impression, 124 pp.
[#3076 ]

BISHOP Jane and Malcom Walker 
Westland County
A Centennial Album
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Published for the Westland Centenary in 1976. A history of the settlement and development of the West Coast and it's industries and personalities. With many historic photos.
Jackson's Bay, Westport, Arthur's Pass, Otira, Bealey, railway, Greymouth

VG softback
$30 C/B
Westland County Council with Pegasus Press 1977, 168p.

Grog's Own Country

History of Liquor Licensing in New Zealand

G+ sewn sheets in pictorial paper covered card boards, rubbed spine, small watermark at head of spine on a few pages, final (errata) page nibbled to fore edge without loss of text
$10 A/B
Price Milburn 1959 first edition, 192pp + plates
[#966 ]

G+ sewn sheets in pictorial paper covered card boards, rubbed and faded spine.
$15 A/B
Price Milburn 1959 first edition, 192pp + plates
[#3127 ]

BOSTON Jonathan, Paul Dalziel, Susan St. John   Redesigning the Welfare State in New Zealand Problems, Policies, Prospects
VG light wear with soiled closed edges $45 C/C OUP 1999 soft cover, 356pp. Since 1990, New Zealand has sought to redesign its welfare state with radical changes in industrial relations, health, accident compensation, education, housing, social welfare, employment assistance and superannuation. This book contains an authoritative record and analysis of these changes. ISBN 0195583736 [# 1560 new zealand history]

Woolscours of New Zealand

A history of woolscouring in New Zealand, from the earliest days through innovation and modernisation. Includes the contribution to the war effort in WWII. Major firms from various parts of New Zealand detailed.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$45 B/C
NZ Woolscourers Association Inc. 1985, 136 pp.
[# 2901 / 3313] New Zealand agricultural history.

BURFORD John   The Coast and the Coasters
A colour photo-essay on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Images of the scenery and the people, with accompanying text. Includes Karamea, Westport, Greymouth, Jacksons etc.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket. White-out to end paper.
$20 B/C
Whitcoulls 1981, 80 pages. ISBN0723306346 [#3258 ]

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$15 B/C
Whitcoulls 1981, October reprint, 80 pages. ISBN0723306346 [#2615 ]

BURTON David   Confessions of Richard Burgess
The Maungatapu Murders and other grisly tales from the gold rush period in Marlborough. New Zealand's own bushrangers.

VG+ softback with sewn binding. $20 C/B Reed 1983, 190 pages + plates. ISBN0589014609 [#2496 new zealand history marlborough ]

Decently and in Order.
The Centennial History of the Auckland City Council.
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The Government of the City of Auckland 1840-1971.
local body, politics, politicians, councillors

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with small repaired tear at rear.
$15 C/D
Collins 1971, 637pp.
[#3513 ]

CAMPBELL Ian editor 
History Now
Te Pae Tawhito O Te Wa Volume 6 Number 2, September 2000
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Periodical issued by the History Department of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. This issue includes a discussion of the New Age Prehistory of New Zealand area of research as pioneered by Barry Brailsford and others who posit an Ancient Celtic, Portugese, Chinese or other early contact with New Zealand.

VG- staple bound magazine
$10 B/B
Department of History, University of Canterbury (NZ) 2000, 48pp.
[#3330 ]

CAMPBELL John Logan   Poenamo Sketches of the Early Days in New Zealand: Romance and Reality of Antipodean Life in the Infancy of the New Colony
VG minor aging $15 C/C Whitcombe and Tombs 1953 cloth, xvii 239pp + plates and folding map. [# 1641 new zealand history]

CAMPBELL John Logan   Poenamo Sketches of the Early Days in New Zealand: Romance and Reality of Antipodean Life in the Infancy of the New Colony
VG+ VG+ slightly sunned DW under plastic sleeve. $15 C/C Golden Press 1973 first edition thus cloth, (xiii) 239pp. Account of the Waitemata Harbour and the area that was to become Auckland by an early Scottish visitor who lived with and travelled amongst the Maori. ISBN 0855582274 [NZ 147]

CAMPBELL John Logan  Poenamo Sketches of the Early Days in New Zealand: Romance and Reality of Antipodean Life in the Infancy of the New Colony
VG VG DW sunned spine $15 C/C Golden Press 1973 first edition thus cloth, (xiii) 239pp. Account of the Waitemata Harbour and the area that was to become Auckland by an early Scottish visitor who lived with and travelled amongst the Maori. ISBN 0855582274 [# 1707 new zealand history]

CAMPBELL Matthew (editor) 
Digging into History
50 Years of the New Zealand Archaeological Association

Archaeology in New Zealand special issue December 2004, being 40 short reminiscences of the past 50 years of New Zealand archaeology, by various contributors.

VG+ softback
$45 C/B
New Zealand Archaeological Association 2004, 220pp.
[#3059 ]

Minerals and Gems of Maoriland

G+ minor crease, minor staining to edges.

$10 B/A [NZ 130]

Unity Press nd fifth edition wrappers, 84pp + plates in colour and b&w. Lapidary guide to New Zealand.

Pharmacy in New Zealand, aspects and reminiscences

VG VG inscr paste down

$40 C/C [NZ 38]

Ray Richards 1981 FIRST EDITION hardcover 249pp illustrated ISBN 0908596103

Heathen in Godzone: Seventy Years of Rationalism in New Zealand

God's own country, or, more recedntly, Godzone. And yet New Zealand is now one of the most secular countries on earth. This is the story of the longest running organisation devoted to free thinking in New zealand's history, and of the people who built and nurtured it. Included are some of the most famous names in New Zealand history: Sir Robert Stout, RAK Mason, Rex Fairburn, Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, John A. Lee and many, many others. ISBN0473053926

VG softback, signed to title page by the author, errata slip at front.
$20 B/C
New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists, 1998, 240pp. [#2788 new zealand, history, religion, philosophy]

CORBETT E. B.   The Maori Today state of affairs 1956
VG $20 B/B R.E. Owen, Government Printer, 1956, stapled 8vo in pictorial paper wrappers, 48pp. Government information on state of Maori affairs, health, employment, education etc. Illustrated [#1994 new zealand history]
The Tongariro National Park New Zealand, it's topography, geology, alpine and volcanic features, history and Maori folk-lore

VG- sunned, lacks folding map

$45 B/B [NZ 43]

Tongariro National Park Board 1927 156pp + 39 plates, dec endpaper, inscr to verso of frontis, apart from lacking map and sunned limp cloth covers is VG

The Maori, Yesterday and To-Day

VG G+ scarce DW rubbed and chipped with tape repairs, still near complete. Inscription to fep.

$125 C/C [Item# 295 NZ]

Whitcombe & Tombs 1930 first edition decorative titled cloth 8vo, xii 266pp. Printed on sized paper with photographs throughout. SCARCE DW in reasonable condition. Early account of Maori life by an acknowledged expert.

COWAN James revised by J B Palmer   The Caltex Book of Maori Lore illustrated by Dennis Turner
VG+ Reed 1961 second reprint $10 B/B Has Caltex logo to rear wrapper, stapled 8vo in pictorial stiff card wrappers, 63pp+ plates. [#1993 new zealand history]
New Zealand Scouting the First Fifty Years 1908-1958

VG- G dw chipped with loss, lacksfep, inscr half title and paste down

$15 B/B [NZ 32]

Boy Scouts Association cloth 130pp + plates

The Prehistory of New Zealand

Life in early, pre-European, New Zealand as evidenced in the archeological record. With information about the Polynesian background, evidence of the material culture from remains, the economy, social life, art and warfare of the peoples living before oral traditional histories. Includes evidences of moa-hunting and cannibalism.
Archaeology, prehistory, moa-hunter, maori

VG hardback with G sun faded dust jacket with some repaired tears to spine and folds. Small name to endpaper.
$65 B/C
Longman Paul Ltd. 1984 first edition, 270 pp.
[#2986 ]

DEMPSEY Gertrude 
Isle of the Glowing Skies

Gertrude Dempsey has written about the island she loves. The history of Rakiura, Port William, Ulva Island, Moturau Mona, Ringa Ringa, the whaling base, Paterson Inlet, and the wildlife including mutton-birds.

G+ hardback with some mild foxing, inscription to fep, one page has two lines underlined. THIS COPY HAS NO dust jacket
$10 C/B
Reed 1951 first edition, 64pp + plates
[#964 ]

VG hardback THIS COPY HAS NO dust jacket
$15 C/B
Reed 1951 first edition, 64pp + plates
[#3110 ]

DICK Betty 
High Country Family
cover image of High Country Family

Betty recounts her time life in the high country at Lilybank Station at the head of Lake Tekapo in the McKenzie country. With her family she left the high country when her husband became a Member of Parliament.

VG hardback in G+ dust jacket with a small cup-ring to the front.
$10 C/B
Reed November 1964 first reprint, 146pp + plates.
[#3349 ]

DUNSTAN, BOYES, POWER & WILLIAMS   Hyacinths and Biscuits The Diamond Jubilee Book of the Penwomen's Club (NZ) Incorporated 1925 to 1985
VG VG $15 C/C Ken Pounder 1985 first edition hardcover, 224pp. ISBN 186936006X [# 962 nz hst]

EISEN & SMITH editors   Strangers in Paradise New Zealand through the eyes of foreign visitors
VG+ $10 C/B Vintage 1991 soft cover, 284pp. Excerpts from writings by foreigners visiting New Zealand, includes; Kipling, Dickens, Darwin, Samuel Butler, Jules Verne, Mark Twain, Anthony Trollope, Arthur Conan Doyle, Zane Grey, and more. ISBN 1869411099 [# 972 nz hst]

ELDER John Rawson (compiled by)  Glimpses of Old New Zealand
New Zealand before and up to the Treaty of Waitangi. Includes Maori ethnology, Captain Cook, Missionaries, Whalers.

VG quarter cloth with pictorial spine and boards G+ dust jacket, tidy old name and inscription to endpapers and half title, some water marking to foot of spine on the DW with some chipping loss, minor water mark to tail of book spine, $45 C/B Blackie 1924 , DW has tipped on colour plate of whalers in a long-boat, vii 103pp + plates. [#2353 nz history ]

ELDRED-GRIGG Stevan   Pleasures of the Flesh; Sex & Drugs in Colonial New Zealand 1840-1915
The history of prostitution, alcohol, narcotics, marriage and sexual immorality in the founding years of New Zealand.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor splits at spine ends and corners $45 B/C Reed 1984 first edition, 303 pages. ISBN 0589015125 [#2472 nz history ]

EVANS Harold   The Case Against Robert Muldoon and his National Party Government
VG+ $9 A/A Pegasus Press 1978, self published, 16pp stapled wrappers. 'A retired stipendiary magistrate, ... addresses fellow-New Zealanders, and submits reasons why the present Prime Minister and his government should be regarded as having lost the confidence of the people.' [# 1428 new zealand history]
Guide to Book Values New Zealand and Pacific; Auction records 1949 to April 1952.

G spine and joints rubbed and split, dust soiled wrappers, some pen notation throughout the listings, pen date to cover.

$20 B A [NZ 154]

privately published 1952 stapled sheets in printed wrappers, limited to 600 copies. 123pp.

FELL Alfred   A Colonist's Voyage to New Zealand Under Sail in the early Forties
VG+ publisher has mis-titled the spine with a different book title, otherwise near fine $30 B/B James Townsend & Sons (1926) reprinted by Capper Press 1973, hard cover, 112pp. Facsimile of original edition. [# 768 nzhst]
FOWLER Michael
Wellington Wellington... a history

NF NF DW under plastic sleeve.

$10 B/C [NZ 95]

Mallinson Rendell 1981 first edition hardcover 4to, 104pp illustrated throughout in line and watercolour by author. A nostalgic look at Wellington architecture. ISBN 0908606060

FRASER Conon   Looking at New Zealand historical overview
VG VG- rubbed DW $5 C/C W&T 1969 first edition hardcover, 240pp + plates including colour. Author travelled NZ researching a television show, and wrote this travel and historical book based on his researches. [# 969 nz hst]

( FREEMASONRY )  Souvenir Booklet of Golden Jubilee of Lodge Aorangi No 89 Denniston 1893-1943
VG+ $35 B/A stapled card wrappers, 52pp. Denniston West Coast New Zealand [# 1388 new zealand history masonry masonic ]

FREER W W (Minister of Energy Resources)   Development of the Maui Gas Field (Government White Paper)
Development of the Maui Offshore Gas Field

G softback with rubbed covers, tape residue, cancellation stamp, label remains inside rear cover $30 B/C Government Printer 1973 first edition softcover, 316pp. Ex-library. [#2338 nz history energy geology ]

FRY Ruth 
Out of the Silence
Methodist Women of Aotearoa 1822-1985
cover image of Out of the Silence, Methodist Women of Aotearoa 1822-1985

An illustrated, biographical survey of Methodist women in New Zealand's past.
women, pioneers, teachers, missionary, public service, biography

VG+ softback
$20 C/B
Methodist Publishing 1987 first edition, 242pp.
[NZ116 ]

GARDNER W. J.   Where They Lived, Studies in Local, Regional and Social History
A selection of articles from the author's career of local history research, and a study of regional community research. Part 1, published articles 1957-88; Part 2, Analysis of current social history writing; Part 3- Aspects of community history. Includes two colour maps in pocket at rear ( as published). THIS COPY has been signed by the author.

VG softback
$30 B/B
Regional Press, 1999, 108pp. ISBN0473055805 [#2638 new zealand history ]

Guards of the Sea

History of the Guard family began with Jacky Guard who began whaling from Te Awaiti in Tory Channel in 1831. Resident in port Underwood and Kakapo Bay, the family still work the sea in the Marlborough Sounds. ISBN072330596X

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with some minor tape repaired tears along the dust jacket folds.
$65 B/C
Whitcoulls 1978 first edition, 192pp. [#2689 new zealand history marlborough ]

Land Uprooted High New Zealand's Rise to International Insignificance.


$8 B/B [NZ 126]

Reed 1971 first edition hardcover, 126pp illustrated throughout with 'Victorian' cartoons. Irreverent humorous take on New Zealand 'history'. ISBN 0589006681

GRANT David 
The Mighty Totara, The Life and Times of Norman Kirk

A biography of one of New Zealand's most beloved politicians. Norman Kirk was the fourth Labour Prime Minister, and was commonly known as 'Big Norm" ISBN9781775535799

VG+ softback
$20 B/C
Random House New Zealand 2014, 512 pp [#2814 new zealand, history, politics, biography ]

GRUNDY Elaine   Who'd Marry a Doctor? A Chatham Islands Casebook
VG- VG tape rust to end papers and bled through to half title, inscription to fep, DW under plastic sleeve $15 C/B W&T 1968 first edition hard cover, 144pp + plates. Record of a year on the Chathams by the wife of the rostered GP. [# 686 nzhst]

HALL David   The Golden Echo a social history of New Zealand
VG VG price clipped DW has short closed repaired tear $15 C/C Collins 1971 first edition hb dw, 245pp + plates, map end papers [# 1720 new zealand history]

HAMER David   The New Zealand Liberals The Years of Power, 1891-1912
VG name to first page VG dust jacket has been contact sealed to the outside only $45 B/C Auckland University Press 1989 first edition hard cover, 418pp. ISBN 1869400143 [#2176 nz history politics]

Fragile Eden
A ride through New Zealand
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In 1988 Robin and Louella Hanbury-Tenison explored rural New Zealand on horseback, following the Alps through the large high-country runs, raising funds for Riding for the Disabled.
From Mt. Linton northwards, across the Strait to Cape Reinga, with an excursion to Banks Peninsula.
They comment on the environment, the economy and the state of society, including what they saw as discrimination against Maori.
Well illustrated.
horse trekking, social commentary, Erewhon, Mesopotamia, Molesworth, Napier

VG hardback in VG dustjacket.
$25 C/C
Century Hutchinson 1989, 224pp.

The Romance of Westland
The Story of New Zealand's Golden Coast

The political, social and economic history of Westland, with an account of pre-European Maori history on the Coast, and the earliest Pakeha explorers. The Gold Rush and growth of Hokitika as the service centre for the gold-fields.

VG cloth hardback with no dust jacket
$45 C/B
Whitcombe and Tombs 1923, 187pp + plates.
[#3066 ]

Touring in New Zealand

VG G+ mild foxing name label, DW chipped

$30 C/C [NZ 24]

George Allen Unwin 1935 FIRST EDITION cloth 295pp + plates, DW price clipped and chipped to spine ends and corners with short edge tears, a descriptive book of authors travel around New Zealand with plates

The First Hundred, John Edmond limited 1862-1962

VG- scattered foxing, bookplate to fep

$20 B/B [NZ 77]

The Evening Star, Dunedin, 1962 first edition hardcover 4to, 68pp. Bookplate is a presentation one from the Chairman and managing director of John Edmond Ltd. Centennial publication of the hardware merchants.

HARVIE E F   Venture the Far Horizon The Pioneer Long-distance Flights in New Zealand
VG in VG price clipped dust jacket, light surface rubbing $25 C/C W&T 1966 first edition cloth 192pp + plates. New Zealand aviation history. [# 759 nzhst]

HAWKER Mr. and Mrs.  
Historical Survey of the Grey County 1877-1960

A survey of the colonisation and development of the Grey County on the West Coast. Includes details and statistics in relation to the Gold Rush, Coal Mining, development of infrastructure and the railways.

VG+ softback
$45 C/A
Greymouth Evening Star Print, 1960, 80pp.[#2937 history, westland ]

HEALY Brian   A Hundred Million Trees The Story of N.Z. Forest Products Ltd
VG+ VG+ name to fep $30 C/C Hodder 1982 first edition hard cover, 219pp + plates. Company history of the paper milling and wood products firm. ISBN 0340245443 [# 1324 new zealand history]

HEINZ W. F.   Prospecting for Gold (Pegasus Press New Zealand Holiday Guide)
Methods and equipment of gold panning etc as well as where to look. Some history of the New Zealand gold rushes. The collectable first issue of this continuously reprinted booklet.

VG softback with light soiling to covers, staples rusting. $30 A/A Pegasus 1952 first edition stapled sheets in paper wrapper, 56pp + plates.[#2393 nz history, gold mining, prospecting ]

The Exiles of Asbestos Cottage

The romantic story of runaway lovers Henry and Ann Chaffey, who lived a lifetime in a remote Nelson cottage near the Cobb Valley. Contents: Up, Up and Away, Woman Alone, The Noble Country, Asbestos Cottage, Chaffey Was A Wet Boot Man, Packmen and Trackmen, Meteor 20/6/619, Annie and Chaffey Were Lovers, The Abominable Brew or The Worms Turn, Enter an Aussie, Cobb and Company, The Wolves of Winter, The Terrible Return.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor edge wear
$35 C/C
Hodder 1981 First edition, 248pp.
[#3010 ]

HENDERSON Jim (editor)
Open Country, people and Places out of Town


reduced to $10 C/C [NZ 112]

Reed 1976 hardcover, 268pp. Reminiscences of New Zealand rural life collected by Henderson from about both the islands. ISBN 0589002791

HEWETT Ellen   Looking Back Or Personal Reminiscences
By the Widow of a New Zealand Pioneer Settler this Hamilton history includes Maori Land Wars etc.

VG- papered boards lightly sunned and soiled with small paper scuff at top corner affecting K of the title, lacks fep, minimal foxing. $25 C/B Campfield Press 1911, papered boards with cloth spine, 89pp + plates.[#2441 nz history, hamilton ]

Far Off in Sunlit Places
Stories of the Scots in Australia and New Zealand

Focusing on the period up until World War II, the book examines in an anecdotal style the impact of the Scots - both positive and negative in the shaping of new lands, their continuing Scottishness, their integration and their achievements.

VG softback, gift inscription at front.
$25 C/C
Canongate 1998, 308pp. [#2910 genealogy, scotland, scots, australia, new zealand ]

HOBBS Leslie   The Wild West Coast
G+ soiled cloth, light aging $8 C/B W&T 1960 cloth, 158pp. [# 1642 new zealand history ]

HOBBS Leslie  The Wild West Coast
VG in G+ dust jacket, gift inscription to fep, DW rubbed to edges with some tears along folds $8 C/B W&T 1959 cloth, 158pp. [# 1763 new zealand history ]

HOLCROFT M. H.   The Line of the Road A History of Manawatu County 1876-1976 signed by author
VG book with small gift inscriptionat foot of title page, plus author's signature G+ dust jacket has some edge tears and rubbing $25 B/C Manawatu County Council and John McIndoe1977 first edition, xi 216pp + plates. [#2177 nz history]

HOPEFUL   Taken In Being A Sketch of New Zealand Life
VG VG small owner inscription to paste down and bookplate to fep, $30 C/C Capper Press 1977 facsimile of 1887 original, hardcover, 208pp [#653 nz hist]
The Coming of the Pakeha to Auckland Province

VG in VG inscription to half title, dust jacket lightly rubbed

$30 C/B [NZ 31]

Hicks Smith & Sons 1971 hardcover x 231pp+ plates, map endpapers, random settlers before and after annexation, organised settlement, twentieth century settlement. ISBN 456005900

Hidden Water

A mix of history and the author's thoughts on abandoned Fiordland settlements near Milford and Waihuna. ISBN034017739X

VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket
$25 C/C
Hodder 1979 first edition, 152pp + plates. [#2741 nz history, Fiordland, Milford, Waihuna ]

HOWARD George A  
The Heart of Fiordland

Deep Cove and the area between Manapouri and Doubtful Sound.
South Westland, Fiordland, history

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with rubbed edges and corners, head of spine reinforced, book has name to free end paper
$25 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1966 first edition cloth, 211pp + plates, foxing to closed edges. [#2323 ]

VG- hardback no dust jacket $15 C/C Whitcombe and Tombs 1969 second edition cloth, 211pp + plates [#2976 ]

HUNT Christine   1893 Onwards.... Reminiscences of Golden Bay A. & P. Shows
autographed by author

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with minor wear, $25 C/B Golden Bay A&P Association 1979 (?) first edition leatherette, 80pp. Illustrated with photos. [#1912 new zealand history]

IHIMAERA Witi   Maori colour illustrated
VG $20 B/B R.E. Owen, Government Printer, 1975 first edition, landscape 8vo stapled into pictorial wrappers, 45pp, illustrated. From Hawaiki; Canoe Settlers; Traditional Beliefs; Coming of the Pakeha; The Long Fight; The New Net Goes Fishing; Behind the Tattooed Face; People of the Four Winds; One Country, Two Heritages [#1995 new zealand history]

JAMIESON Ewan   Friend or Ally New Zealand at Odds with its Past
VG+ $8 C/B Brassey's 1990 first edition soft cover, 139pp. SIGNED BY AUTHOR. ISBN 0080400817 [# 957 nz other]

JENKIN Robyn  New Zealand Mysteries

New Zealand Mysteries including the Spanish Helmet, Tamil Bell, Korotangi, Wrecks, Sunken Gold, Treasure, Haunted Houses, Ghosts, Lost Tribe of Maori, Otters, Hakuwai Bird, Maori Dog, Lost Colony
Alternate history, archeology


VG softback with name and address inside cover
$10 C/A
Fontana Silver Fern 1976, 194pp with illustrations.
[#1898 nz history]


VG+ hardback in in VG+ dust jacket $25 C/C Reed 1970 first edition, 194pp+ plates, map endpapers.
[#2140 +2988]

Summer Cruise
Being the Grand Pleasure trip of the S.S. Ngapuhi along the Northern Coast of New Zealand.

Between 1904 and 1908 the steamshipNgapuhi sailed from Auckland to Doubtless Bay in the far north and back, with excursions along the way.

VG softback with sun faded spine
$15 B/C
David Bateman 1983, 112pp.
[#3176 ]

KAYE George   Bygone Days in Lower Hutt
VG $30 C/B Lower Hutt City Council 1987 sewn collations in soft cover, 147pp illustrated. ISBN 0473005239 [# 1702 new zealand history]

KELLY Henry D.   As High as the Hills, the Centennial History of Picton

A full history of the settlement and development of Picton, including the surrounding areas of Queen Charlotte Sound, Tory Channel and the Waitohi Valley to the Para.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with some edge tears $35 Signed by author C/C Cape Catley 1976, 262 pages + plates. [#2522 new zealand history Marlborough ]

KERRIDGE Peter (compiler) 
Glimpses of Greymouth and District 1868-1993 (125th Jubilee of the Grey District)

A 1993 record of the development of Greymouth and district and some of the activities and achievements of its citizens, councils and community organisations.

VG softback, signed to first page 'Best regards' with a squiggle. Stapled above this is Tony Kokshoorn's business card as Mayor
$30 B/C
Greymouth Evening Star 1993. 160pp. [#2908 regional history, west coast ]

KING Michael   The Penguin History of New Zealand

One thousand years of human settlement and cultural and social development in New Zealand.

VG softback $15 C/B Penguin Books 2003, 563 pages. [#2521, 3586 ]

KING Michael 
A photographic and social history

Renowned historian Michael King (1945-2004) presents a comprehensive and searching documentary of Maori culture and society, and Maori-Pakeha contact, conflict and co-operation. From the earliest daguerreotype around 1852 to the strong protest images of the 1990s, King records and analyses changes and upheaval in the commentary that is always intelligent and objective. This book leaves the reader with not only a better understanding of the past but a challenge for the future. REVISED EDITION
new zealand history, maori

VG softback
$30 B/D
Raupo 2008 soft cover, 289pp. Illustrated.[#2040 ]

KING Michael 
Being Pakeha
An encounter with New Zealand and the Maori Renaissance

Historian Michael King looks back and examines what it means to grow and live in a multi-cultural society. Part autobiography, and part celebration of New Zealand people and society.

G+ softback with lightly faded cover and a school prize label to first page
$20 B/C
Hodder and Stoughton 1986, 214pp. [#2936 new zealand, history ]

KING Michael and Robin Morrison 
A Land Apart : The Chatham Islands of New Zealand

A history of the Islands including Moriori, sealing, whaling, farming. Chudleigh and the German, Maori and Pakeha arrivals.
new zealand history, chatham islands, photography

VG hardback with VG dust jacket.
$75 B/C
Random Century NZ Ltd. 1990, 144 pp. [#2963 ]

VG- hardback with VG- dust jacket. Rear board of book is soiled and minor soiling to endpapers. Pen names to free end paper at front.
$45 B/C
Random Century NZ Ltd. 1990, 144 pp. [#2973 ]

KOHLAP Gay with photographs by Georg Kohlap 
David: Boy of the High Country

David is a seven year old boy living on the Haldon sheep station in the MacKenzie Country. The day to day life of David and the Innes family is portrayed through photographs and text.

VG- hardback with no dust jacket, inscription blacked out to inside cover, some minor wear to covers.
$15 B/C
Collins, undated and unpaginated. [#2790 new zealand history, mackenzie country, otago ]

More Wellington Days

Wellington memoirs from the early 20th century

VG hardback in VG dustjacket, name to fep
$20 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1962 first edition hard cover, 232pp+ plates, also line illustrations. [#2442 new zealand history, wellington ]

VG hardback in VG dustjacket
$20 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1962 first edition hard cover, 232pp+ plates, also line illustrations. [#1128 new zealand history, wellington ]

LETHBRIDGE Christopher 
The Wounded Lion
Octavius Hadfield, 1814-1904.
cover image of The Wounded Lion, Octavius Hadfield

The life of a pioneer missionary, friend of the Maori, and Primate of New Zealand.
Hadfield arrived in 1838 to work for the Church Missionary Society, and became associated with Te Rauparaha.

VG- hardback in VG dust jacket. Small name label to endpaper. SIGNED TO TITLE PAGE BY AUTHOR.
$45 C/C
Caxton Press 1993, 319pp including plates.
[#3373 ]

LETHBRIDGE Christopher 
Sunrise on the Hills
A Musterer's year on Ngamatea- New Zealand's biggest sheep station

High country sheep farming, mustering in Hawkes Bay.

VG hardback with VG dust jacket with light edgewear, inscriptions to fep, SIGNED by AUTHOR to half title dated 1971
$95 C/B
Hodder 1971 first edition hardcover, 176pp+ plates. [#1142]

LORD E. Iveagh   Old Westland a story of the Golden West Coast of New Zealand
The history of Westland including Maori, Captain Cook, Brunner, Heaphy, Gold fever. Published for Westland Centennial

VG hardback original green cloth with gilt to upper board, in Good+ dust jacket with some wear and soiling. $75 C/B Whitcombe & Tombs 1939 first edition, 258 pages plus Roll of Honour memorial to rear [#2481 new zealand history, westland ]

MACDONALD Winifred and Molly J. Mabee   Footprints of Kate Edger A History of the New Zealand Federation of University Women 1921-1981
VG $20 C/C New Zealand Federation of University Women 1982 first edition soft cover, 179pp, errata page slipped in at front. ISBN 0959762809 [# 1662 new zealand history]

MACGREGOR Miriam   Petticoat Pioneers North Island Women of the Colonial Era Books 1 & 2
VG- in VG- dust jackets slightly faded and with short edge tears, light handling wear to boards, name to fep of book 1. $80 the set ask for postal quote. Reed 1978 (reprint) / 1975 (first edition) ISBN 0589011340 / 0589009273 [#1875 new zealand history]

MACKAY J. A.   Historic Poverty Bay, and the East Coast, North Island New Zealand fourth impression
VG+ VG $75 C/C Mackay 1982 hard cover, xix 472pp [# 1793 nz history]

MAHONEY J D   Urban Land Economics
Nature and economic aspects of Urban land, including valuation etc.

VG- name to first page, cheaply bound $30 B/B New Zealand Institute of Valuers, undated (1970s?) quarter cloth with paper covers, 211pp. Mimeographed typescript with diagrams in text. [#2352]

MANING F. E. (a Pakeha Maori)   Old New Zealand A Tale of the Good Old Times and a History of the War in the North told by an old Chief of the Ngapuhi Tribe
VG VG inscription to fep, small chip top corner of rear fold $15 C/C Golden Press 1973 New Zealand Classics series, hb dw first thus,362pp ISBN 0855582693 [# 1713 new zealand history]

Mangere Historical Society   Watea to Airport a community that was...
VG $15 A/$5 internationally Mangere Historical Society 2005 soft cover, 62pp + folding photo at rear. ISBN 0473102382 [# 1317 new zealand history]
Curtain-Raiser to a Colony: Sidelights on the Founding of New Zealand

VG VG lightly soiled DW.

$20 C/C [Item# 312 NZ]

W&T 1962 first edition hardcover, 224pp + plates. The New Zealand Company and E G Wakefield's methods of attracting settlers.

Pioneer Parade

VG VG light wear to DW.

$30 C/C [Item# 313 NZ]

Reed 1966 first edition hardcover, 213pp.

MARKHAM Edward edited by E. H. McCormick 
New Zealand Or Recollections of It
cover image of New Zealand Or Recollections of It

The first published edition of Markham's manuscript account of his leaving Gravesend in 1833, via Van Diemen's Land to New Zealand, where he spent eight months in the Hoking and Bay of Islands, and describes Maori and Pakeha of the time. Edited with introduction and explanatory notes, glossary and bibliograpy.
New Zealand, history, maori pakeha, primary source

VG hardback in VG dust jacket under removable plastic sleeve. Name blacked out to free end paper.
$30 B/C
Government Printer 1963
[#3489 ]

MASTERS Joseph edited by Ian F. Grant   The Memoirs of Joseph Masters
Founder of Small Farms Association that developed settlements for the 'small man', in Greytown and Masterton from 1854.

VG softback $25 B/C Wairarapa Archive 2005. 219 pages. ISBN 0958205396 [#2332 nz history wairarapa ]

cover image of Molesworth revised edition

The history of the massive Molesworth High country sheep station, which straddles Canterbury and Marlborough provinces.
sheep station, clarence, awatere, acheron, marlborough

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$45 B/C
Reed 1975 revised edition, 298pp + plates.
[#3443 ]


A history of a High Country sheep station

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor rubbing at tail, "Betty March 26th 1970" in pen to half title.
$40 B/C
Reed 1969 first edition, 292pp + plates, map endpapers.[#1916 new zealand history ]

VG hardback in G dust jacket with some loss at spine ends and corners, owner details in pen to half title.
$25 B/C
Reed 1969 first edition, 292pp + plates, map endpapers.[#2165 new zealand history ]

McCORMICK E H   Letters and Art in New Zealand New Zealand Centennial Surveys X
VG+ VG+ prize plate to fep awarded to Nancy Shankland 1940, $30 C/C Department of Internal Affairs 1940 first edition cloth, 205pp + plates [# 648 nz hist]

McGILL David 
The Lion and the Wolfhound
The Irish Rebellion on the New Zealand Goldfields
cover image of The Lion and the Wolfhound, The Irish Rebellion on the New Zealand Goldfields

On 8 March 1868 a priest and an editor led a mock funeral of Irish miners into Hokitika cemetery to plant a Celtic cross. They were honouring the 'Manchester martyrs', three Fenians hanged in Britain the previous November. The procession confirmed the worst fears of the British authorities, that Fenian agitation to free Ireland had been imported into New Zealand. News that a Fenian had shot the Duke of Edinburgh in Sydney threw the Government into a panic. The procession's ringleaders were arrested on charges of inciting riot and publishing seditious libel and troops were sent in to help local volunteer militia maintain law and order. The Irish made up a good quarter of the 26,000 miners on the lest Coast goldfields, and they were certainly among the most riotously visible in the numerous pubs and casinos where the drink was cheap and the dance floor girls were pretty. The Protestant merchants who ran these boom towns welcomed excessive profits but not adversarial politics. When loyalists returning from celebrating the Duke's survival in Westport were attacked by Irish miners at Addison's Flat, it looked as if the Irish had boiled over. The Hokitika authorities prepared for war. From newspaper and official accounts, from coded Government cables and correspondence, and with a selection of fascinating illustrations, David McGill has recreated those stirring times when the West Coast was a powder keg of conflicting Ioyalties and the authorities seemed determined to ignite it. The Lion and the Wolfhound also recounts the splendidly Iibellous and vitriolic newspaper war between the Celt and the West Coast Times and describes the Hokitika trial of the Fenians, who were defended by Australia's most famous criminal lawyer, the colourful R.D. Ireland. The events of 1868 are set in the context of the Irish cause in New Zealand, both then and now. The legacy of those heady months remains, not least in the mythology of the Coast, where they still tell the story of the Battle of Addison's Flat and recall the days when gold brought toWestland a rollicking prosperity and romance never again seen in this country.

VG softback.
$20 C/C
Grantham House 1990 first edition, 178pp. [#756, 2753, 3585 ]

McGILL David   Lower Hutt, The First Garden City
A history of Lower Hutt from Maori times.

VG hardback in G+ dustjacket with small stain at top of front panel
$15 B/C
Lower Hutt City Council, 1991, 235 pages. ISBN1869560175 [#2613 new zealand, history, Wellington ]

Speeches and Documents on New Zealand History

G+ covers creased and lightly worn, fep alittle soiled, internally clean. $15 C/C [Item# 388 NZ] Oxford University Press 1971 softcover, xxix 489pp. Collection of historical documentation from New Zealand history. ISBN 198730101

Wellington Prospect, Survey of a City 1840-1970.

G+ G+ ex-library but tidy, DW under plastic sleeve.

$10 C/C [NZ 94]

Hicks Smith & Sons 1970 first edition hardcover 4to, 231pp illustrated throughout.

McNAB Robert 
Old Whaling Days
A History of Southern New Zealand from 1830 to 1840.
cover image of Old Whaling Days

"The Old Whaling Days is the story of New Zealand's wildest days, when French & American Ships as well as British scoured the coastline for the the sperm whale.
It was a time when violent crimes went unpunished as there were no laws and when a British sea captain helped Te Rauparaha to slaughter an Akaroa chief and his people."
new zealand, history, Cook Strait, Otago, Foveaux Strait, Chatham Islands

VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Slight sunning to spine of jacket, small tear top of upper fold, name and address to half title
$30 C/C
Golden Press 1975 facsimile reprint of 1913 edition, 508pp.
[#1947 ]

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$35 C/C
Golden Press 1975 facsimile reprint of 1913 edition, 508pp.
[#3579 ]

McRAE Shona   Gone for Good signed by author
A biography of William and Sarah McRae, being a story of pioneering in Nelson, North Canterbury and Marlborough, Glens of Tekoa.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some minor edge tears $25 C/B Published for Shona McRae 1985 first edition limited to 1500 copies (stated). [#2372 NZ history Nelson Marlborough ]

Richard Taylor
Missionary Tramper

Taylor was a Church Missionary Society member in the North Island in the Nineteenth Century amongst Maori.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with some edge wear. Name to free end paper.
$35 C/C
Reed 1966, 272pp + plates
[#3072 ]

MEDLAND Grace M.   Great Barrier Calls
An informative, historic, authentic narrative, written by one of the pioneers born on Great Barrier Island. Signed by the author. Enlarged revised edition.

VG softback $30 C/A Wilson and Horton 1971, second revised edition, 119 pages + plates. [#2432 new zealand history, northland ]

Crail Bay Farm

A memoir of farming in Crail Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.
Marlborough, biography, memoir

VG hardback with VG dust jacket with light wear, inscription facing half-title.
$15 C/C
Collins 1964 first edition hardcover, 189pp [#2975 ]

The Red Squad Story
Policing the 1981 Springbok Tour
cover image of The Red Squad Story

Author was second in command of the Red Escort Group ( police riot squad) battling the anti-tour protesters and communist insurgents within the movement. With illustrations in the text.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$20 C/C
Harlen 1982 first edition, 216pp.
[#1367 ]

VG- hardback in VG- dust jacket
$15 C/C
Harlen 1982 first edition, 216pp.
[#3364 ]

MILLAR David P.   Once Upon a Village A history of Lower Hutt 1819-1965 SIGNED BY AUTHOR
VG $25 C/C NZUP for Lower Hutt City Corporation 1972 first edition hard cover, xiii 258pp+ plates. [# 1670 new zealand history]

MILLER John   Early Victorian New Zealand A Study of Racial Tensions and Social Attitudes 1839-1852
VG- name to fep $15 B/C OUP 1974 soft cover, 217pp + plates, map endpapers. ISBN 0196400171 [#1558 new zealand history]

MITCHELL Robin   The Treaty and the Act The Treaty of Waitangi (1840) and the Treatyof Waitangi Act (1975)
VG contact sealed paper wrappers $20 B/B Cadsonbury 1990 first edition soft cover, 226pp. Sober, informed study of the Treaty of Waitangi and the sham Treaty act of 1975 which placed unwarranted emphasis on the documents relevance to current policy. ISBN 047300934X [# 1444 new zealand history ]

Through South Westland
A Journey to the Haast and Mount Aspiring, New Zealand
cover image of Through South Westland: A Journey to the Haast and Mount Aspiring New Zealandcover image of Through South Westland: A Journey to the Haast and Mount Aspiring New Zealand

Maud travelled through Arthur's Pass and Otira, through Hokitika and south to Haast, where she went inland to Lake Wanaka and hawea, visited Mt Aspiring, then back to Christchurch via the Lindis Pass and lakes Tekapo and Pukaki. She recounts the scenery as well as the people she met.
'This is the story of a ride - of a five weeks' wandering in the Back-blocks of a land still in the making - a land whose conditions, even to-day, are often primitive. Properly speaking, there is no story - only impressions, gathered in those wanderings: things I saw, things I heard, in isolated settlements, where the men and women, living face to face with Nature, seem to show a readier kindness; where the robuster virtues still thrive, and the heart of the race is young. Looking back now from under English skies, surrounded by sights and sounds of an English summer, it seems very far away: a land apart - a people who belong almost to another world. An enchanted land of cool, dim, forest aisles of lonely snow-peaks filling the end of some purple gorge: of rushing, hurrying streams: of untouched solitudes, where one goes all day long in wondering worship.'- Maud Moreland's preface.
travel, Matukituki, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Haast, mountaineering

VG- hardback with no dust jacket, free endpaper has been removed and there is some soiling or rubbing to the covers.
$45 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs undated (1916) second edition, (xx) 219 (2)pp + plates and two folding maps.
[#3533 ]

MORTON Elsie K  
Crusoes of Sunday Island

Tom Bell was a born pioneer. After fighting in the Maori wars of the sixties he decided that the one thing he wanted more than anything else was to find an uninhabited Pacific Island, take his wife and young children there, and open it up as a trading station. In 1878 they came eventually to Sunday Island six hundred miles north of Auckland. This is a desert island story. It has elements of both Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson, but has the added interest of being absolutely true. Sunday Island -a tiny fertile volcanic island which belied its name and its beauty, for it was haunted by ill-luck. From the start the family had to live the life of desert islanders. They had bought their food supplies from the captain of the trading schooner from which they landed. They rigged up a ship's sail for a tent on the lonely beach and then began to unpack the cases of food. They found all of it rotten. They had been deserted as well as cheated, for the schooner never returned and it was nearly another year before they saw anyone from the outside world. But they survived. Tom and Frederica Bell raised a family of ten in utter isolation. After years of effort and endless setbacks they made an Eden of their island only to lose it in the end. The story was told to the author by one of Tom Bell's daughters who was nine years old when the family landed on the island.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with small splits to edges. Lightly soiled wrapper
$55 C/B
G Bell 1957 first reprint, hard cover, 189pp + plates. [#2489 nz history ]

G+ hardback in VG dust jacket. Jacket flaps pasted down to endpaper. some tape rust to jacket flaps and endpapers. Ex-library with stamps to endpapers only.
$35 C/B
G Bell 1957 FIRST EDITION, 189pp + plates
[#3138 ]

MULGAN Alan   Home; A New Zealander's Adventure
Illustrated with woodcuts by Clare Leighton. Observations on time spent in England, the 'Home' of colonial New Zealander's.

G+ quarter cloth, boards and spine lightly rubbed, no dust jacket $20 C/C Longmans Green and Co. Ltd., 1927 first edition, 226 pages [#2347 nz history]

MULGAN Richard
Politics in New Zealand (second edition)

VG slightly sunned

$15 C/B [NZ 21]

Auckland University Press 1997 second edition softcover vii 344pp, intro to academic study of NZ politics. ISBN 1869401719

MUNZ Peter Editor   The Feel of Truth; Essays in New Zealand and Pacific History Presented to F. L. W. Wood and J. C. Beaglehole
VG VG- DW handling rubbed $20 C/C Reed 1969 first edition hardcover, 274pp. New Zealand & Pacific / Oceania includes Samoa, Te Tikanga Pekeke, Governor Grey, Anzus Treaty, Missionaries etc. [# 1663 new zealand history]

NATHAN Simon   Through the eyes of a miner, The photography of Joseph Divis
Historic Westland photography of mining community, including Waiuta, Blackwater Mine and Reefton

VG hardback with no dust jacket as published. $35 B/C Steele Roberts Publishers 2010, first edition. 112 pages.ISBN 9781877448942 [#2249 nz history]

NATUSCH Sheila   The Cruise of the Acheron Her Majesty's Steam Vessel on Survey in New Zealand waters 1848-51
VG hardback in VG dust jacket $30 C/C Whitcoulls 1978 first edition, 190pp with illustrations + colour plates. ISBN 0723305501 [#919 + 2199 nz history]
Punishment and Politics The Maximum Security Prison in New Zealand.

VG minor label residue to cover.

$20 C/C [Item# 58 NZ]

Oxford University Press 1989 first edition softcover x 310pp + plates. A history of prison security in New Zealand, Mt Eden and Paremoremo 1880 to the present. ISBN 0195581792.

NOLAN Tony   Historic Gold Trails of the Coromandel
Excellent look at Coromandel gold mining industry well illustrated throughout with photos and sketches etc.

 Historic Gold Trails of the Coromandel

VG softback $20 B/B Reed / Gold Star 1981 sewn sheets in card wrappers, 4to, 108pp + colour plates. ISBN 0589010352 [#2337 nz history waikato ]

Gold Trails of the West Coast
 Gold Trails of the West Coast

The history of gold-mining on the West Coast gold-fields, given in the form of a travelogue. Illustrated.

VG softback with minor crease to rear corner.
$25 B/C
Reed/ Gold Star 1976, 88pp.
[#3294 ]

NORRIS H C M   Settlers in Depression A History of Hamilton, New Zealand 1875-1894
VG VG minor silverfish damage to fep, red titling to spine slightly faded $30 C/C Paul's Book Arcade 1964 first edition hard cover,246pp + plates [# 654 nz hist]

OLIVER W. H. with B R Williams 
The Oxford History of New Zealand
corrected edition

16 chapters by different experts covers New Zealand history from the Polynesian foundation to the late 20th century socio-political climate. Includes pre-European, Colonial, and post-Colonial periods. Many maps, charts and diagrams. ISBN019558063X

VG softback, name at front page
$25 B/C
Oxford University Press 1988, 572pp. [#2861 new zealand history ]

OLIVER W. H. with B R Williams 
The Oxford History of New Zealand

16 chapters by different experts covers New Zealand history from the Polynesian foundation to the late 20th century socio-political climate. Includes pre-European, Colonial, and post-Colonial periods. Many maps, charts and diagrams. ISBN0195580621

VG softback
$25 B/C
Oxford University Press 1981, 572pp. [#2789 new zealand history ]

One Tree Hill Borough Council   In the Shadow of Maungakiekie A History of One Tree Hill and its Environs from Pre-Maori times to 1989
VG+ $25 C/B One Tree Hill Borough Council 1989, sewn sheets in soft covers, 205pp with illustrations [#1852 nz history]

PARRY Gordon   Underwriting Adventure A Centennial History of the National Insurance Company of New Zealand limited
VG VG $20 C/C 1973 first edition hard cover, xii 212pp+ plates. [#1175 new zealand history]

The Haast is in South Westland

The history of the Haast Pass and local areas, including Jackson Bay, Maori times, early settlers, the Haast road. Surveyors, engineers and workmen.

VG hardback in VG- dustyjacket with a small chip and a closed tear to rear panel.
$30 B/C
Reed 1966, 116pp + plates. [#2713 new zealand history, westland ]

PATERSON Mike   The Point at Issue Petroleum energy politics in New Zealand 1955-90
VG $10 C/C Collins 1991 soft cover, viii 243pp + plates. ISBN 1869500377 [#1136 new zealand history].

PEARSON David   Johnsonville Continuity and change in a New Zealand Township
VG sunned spine, minor pencil underlining $12 C/B George Allen Unwin 1980 firs tedition soft cover, 204 pp. ISBN 0868612898 [# 1319 new zealand history]
PEAT Neville
Detours,a journey through small town New Zealand

VG VG- short edge tears and chip from head of DW spine.

$6 C/C [NZ 144]

Whitcoulls 1982 first edition hardcover, 250pp. Illustrated in line throughouit by Sarah Marston. A journalist rleates his travel about both islands on a cycle and the people and places he encounters. ISBN 0723306745

PEAT Neville 
Cascade on the Run
A Season with the Whitebaiters of South Westland

A look at Westland's Cascade River during the run of whitebait. A period of three months of whitebaiting and the characters camped out for seasons catch.
South Westland, Cascade River, whitebait

VG hardback in G- dust jacket with a tape repaired tear to the front cover and some edge loss.
$20 B/B
Whitcoulls 1979 first edition, 126pp. [#2974 ]

POPE Diana and Jeremy 
Mobil New Zealand Travel Guide
North Island
cover image of Mobil New Zealand Travel Guide, North Island

One of the best travel guides to New Zealand, with detailed historical information as well as current points of note. Valued by tour guides for the local history notes.

VG+ softback
$20 B/C
Reed 1996 9th edition fully revised, 326pp.
[#3400 ]

POPE Diana and Jeremy 
Mobil New Zealand Travel Guide
South Island, Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands
cover image of Mobil New Zealand Travel Guide,South Island, Stewart Island and the Chatham Islands

One of the best travel guides to New Zealand, with detailed historical information as well as current points of note. Valued by tour guides for the local history notes.

VG+ softback
$20 B/C
Reed 1995 7th edition fully revised, 422pp.
[#3380, 3380B ]

Wanderings on the Islands of Wonders (New Zealand)

VG pencil name to fep, light foxing to closed edges.

$15 C/C [NZ 93]

Coulls Somerville Wilkie Ltd. 1935 first edition cloth, 304pp +8 plates. Czech authors record of 10 months in NZ. Includes an account of the Napier 'quake of '31.

PRESHAW G O   Banking Under Difficulties or Life on the Goldfields
POOR in VG- DW, book has been damaged to first 34pp with tears across the pages and one page (pp3) has lost a few lines at bottom, apart from these tears book and DW are tidy, still however only gradable as a READING COPY $15 C/B Capper Press 1971 facsimile reprint of the 1888 edition, hard cover. xii 179pp Australian and New Zealand gold rushes. [#1129 new zealand history]

The Plot to Subvert Wartime New Zealand

This true story details the biggest—and most extraordinary—hoax New Zealand has ever seen. Perpetrated by former prison inmate Syd Ross and eventually commandeered by a notable public figure, the 1942 plot took advantage of New Zealanders' fears of a Japanese invasion, when the terrible struggle for world domination by the Allied and Axis powers could have gone either way.

VG softback
$15 C/C
Victoria University Press 2006, 160pp.
[#3184 ]

PRICHARD M F Lloyd editor   The Future of New Zealand, the University of Auckland Winter Lectures 1963
Seven lectures on the future of manufacturing, agriculture, women, Maori, literature, fisheries and the future divined from the past.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor ink spot to front, browned backstrip, book has small name to free end paper $15 C/C Whitcombe and Tombs 1964 cloth first edition, 142pp. [#2325 nz history ]

PRICHARD M F Lloyd   An Economic History of New Zealand to 1939
VG VG $25 C/C Collins 1970 first edition hard cover, xviii 464pp + plates. [# 1332 new zealand history]

The Archaeology of New Zealand Shore Whaling

Archeological survey of the remains of the Shore Whaling stations. The industry was based on the right whale, source of ‘black oil’, and whale-bone (baleen). When right whale became scarce sperm whales and humpbacks were taken. Early stations in New Zealand were at Preservation Inlet and Te Awaiti (Tory Channel) from 1829.

VG+ softback 4to. THIS COPY is signed "Thanks Alan, Nigel Prickett"
$75 B/C
Department of Conservation 2002, 151pp.

RAIN Lynn 
Community, the story of Riverside 1941-1991

Riverside in Upper Moutere, is a community which started as a pacifist co-operative. This history shows how these ideals of non-violence and co-operation have shaped the community over 50 years.

VG softback
$25 C/B
Riverside Community 1991, 217 pp [#2797 new zealand, history, marlbourough ]

REED A. H.  
Walks in Maoriland Byways
cover image of Walks in Maoriland Byways

Reed recounts his extensive walking tours across the whole country between 1915 and 1958. Includes his time at Trentham with D Company 21st reinforcements. Reed fills in his own observations with interesting historical and geographical facts.

VG hardback in G dust jacket with some repaired chips and tears. THIS COPY is signed by Reed, but also has a name address and gift inscription to the title and dedication pages.
$15 C/C
Reed 1958 first edition, 374pp + plates and 2pp maps.
[#3323 ]

REED A. H.  
Walks in Maoriland Byways
cover image of Walks in Maoriland Byways

Reed recounts his extensive walking tours across the whole country between 1915 and 1958. Includes his time at Trentham with D Company 21st reinforcements. Reed fills in his own observations with interesting historical and geographical facts.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket trimmed a little shorter than the boards and sewn into a plastic sleeve.
$20 C/C
Reed 1958 first edition, 374pp + plates, maps.[#2804 new zealand, history, travel ]

REEVES William Pember
The Long White Cloud, Ao Tea Roa (revised and enlarged)

VG VG- unclipped DW faded spine titling and light chipping to spine endsname to fep.

$30 C/C [NZ 127]

Unwin 1950 fourth revised edition with additional chapters by A J Harrop, introduction by James Hight and a comment by Bernard Shaw. Cloth with gilt waka prow design, top edge dusted brick red, 390pp +plates and folding map at rear. New Zealand history.

REEVES William Pember   The Long White Cloud, Ao Tea Roa (revised and enlarged)
VG VG unclipped DW, lacks fep $15 C/C Golden Press 1973 New Zealand Classics series, hb dw first thus, 390pp. Reprint of the fourth revised edition with additional chapters by A J Harrop, introduction by James Hight and a comment by Bernard Shaw. ISBN 0855582936 [# 1715 new zealand history]

REISCHEK Andreas   Yesterdays in Maoriland New Zealand in the 'Eighties
VG small edge tear rear wrapper, name to first page, age toned paper $9 C/B Wilson & Horton facsimile of Cape original, printed on cheap newsprint stock, 312pp. [#1961 new zealand history]

Whaling and sealing at the Chatham Islands

A history of the social, cultural and economic impacts of sealing and whaling operations upon the Chatham Islands and the Moriori. Roebuck Society Publication No. 21

VG hardback but lacks the dust jacket
$75 B/B
Roebuck Society 1982, 89 pages.[#2959 chatham islands, whaling, sealing ]

The Whaling Trade in Old New Zealand

Accounts of early whalers and their settlements by the likes of Bishop Selwyn, Dr. Shortland, Ernest Dieffenbach and Edward Jerningham Wakefield and others. Includes whaling in Australia and the Pacific, and the New England American background of many of the whalers.
The first edition.

VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket
$90 C/C
Minerva Ltd 1965 First Edition, 163pp + plates. Map endpapers.
[#3061 ]

RICKARD L S   Strangers in the Wilderness
The story of the pioneer farmers of New Zealand, from the arrival of the colonists to the setting up and running of the high country sheep stations, and the struggle to house, clothe and feed themselves.

VG hardback with VG dust jacket under plastic sleeve, small area white out and offset tape stain to free end paper $25 C/C Minerva 1967 first edition SIGNED COPY by author, 140pp + plates. [#2334 nz history ]

Sacred Cows and Rogue Elephants, policy development in the New Zealand Justice Department

VG VG ex library with stamps etc, DW under plastic sleeve

$10 C/C [NZ 81]

Government Print 1987 first edition cloth, xiv 296pp + plates. ISBN 0477013732

ROCKEL Ian   Taking the Waters, Early spas in New Zealand
Well illustrated with photos of the eminent spa resorts including among others, Rotorua, Te Aroha, Hanmer and Maruia Springs.

VG softback with small name label inside cover $20 B/C Government Print 1986 first edition,195pp + colour plates. ISBN 0477013694 [#2335 nz history ]

Illustrated History of the West Coast

In words and photographs this lavish illustrated book traces the story of the Coast from its geological origins through Maori settlement, European exploration by Charles Heaphy, Thomas Brunner and others, the gold rushes, the coal industry and the emergence of railways., the rise of unionism, the effects of war and depression, the changing fortunes of forestry and the growth of conservation and tourism. ISBN9780790010229

VG+ softback
$35 B/C
Reed 2006 reprint, 184 pp. [#2711 new zealand history, west coast ]

ROSS John O'C.   Pride in Their Ports The Story of the Minor Ports
VG VG light wear to DW, $40 C/C Dunmore Press 1977 first edition hard cover, 213pp + plates ISBN 0908564112 [# 652 nz hist]

Jacksons Bay
A Centennial History

History of the West Coast Government founded and promoted settlement that foundered within the first ten years.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$50 C/C
Reed 1976 first edition, 198pp. [#2960 new zealand history, westland, west coast ]

RUSSELL G W   New Zealand Today "A Priceless Gem in the Imperial Crown" by the Minister of Internal Affairs and Public Health
VG- papered boards upper joint split to lower quarter, Canterbury education board rubber stamp dated 1925 to fep and title pages, age browning and handling soiling to closed edges and covers $15 C/C G W Russell Ltd Christchurch, [viii] 332 + 8pp well illustrated with photographs. An in depth overview of New Zealand in 1919 focusing on the economy and trade, parliament, finance and immigration. [# 762 nzhst]

RUSSELL Roy   Aerial Circles, 50 Years of New Zealand Aviation-Gliding and Power 1935-1985 Author Signed copy
VG light wear to covers $25 B/B self published 1986 third printing, soft cover, 142pp well illustrated with photographs, signed and dated to title. Inclues crop-dusting, super phosphate, war-time at Ohakea etc. [#1821 new zealand history]

SANSOM Olga   The Stewart Islanders VG hardback in VG+ dust jacket. Title page trimmed at head $40 C/C Reed 1970 first edition hard cover, 249pp + plates, map endpapers ISBN 0589004549 [# 647 nz hist]

The Greenstone Door

An historical novel, originally published in 1914, and set during the upheaval of the Maori Wars. Noted for its historical accuracy and non-partisanship.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket.
$15 C/C
Golden Press 1973, 400pp.
[#3266 ]

The Ways of Words

VG VG light rubbing to DW.

$15 B/B [NZ 96]

Pegasus Press 1969 first edition hardcover, 111pp. New Zealand academic and journalist gives his views on good usage of the English language.

SCOTT Dick  
Fire on the Clay, The Pakeha comes to West Auckland

Dust jacket design by Dick Frizzell. Colonisation of West Auckland, including pottery and brickworks industries.

VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with chipping loss to corners and spine ends
$45 B/C
Southern Cross Books 1979 first edition, 224 pages. Illustrated. [#2429 nz history, auckland ]

SCOTT Dick  
Seven Lives on Salt River

Genealogical history of seven families from the north-east Kaipara Harbour. Includes the Blackwells, W. Heath Jackman, Kohinga Mika Haira, Edward Pook, Henry Scotland, Count Lionel de Labrosse and the Prime Minister Gordon Coates. Includes the interaction with the Ngati Whatua peoples of the area.

VG softback
$35 B/C
Hodder/ Southern Cross 1988, softcover reprint 160pp. ISBN0340492961 [#2690 genealogy northland ]

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$45 B/C
Hodder/ Southern Cross 1987, first edition 160pp. ISBN0340410183 [#2691 genealogy northland ]

SEAWARD N. S. and Sheila NATUSCH  
Stewart Island

Pegasus Press New Zealand Holiday Guide. Vintage travel guide to Stewart Island.

VG+ softback, with sheets stapled in pictorial wrappers. All illustrations present but misbound.
$15 A/A
Pegasus Press 1967 fourth revised edition, sheets stapled in pictorial wrappers, 56pp + plates. [#2395 nz history, stewart island ]

VG+ softback, with sheets stapled in pictorial wrappers, some fading to cover
$15 A/A
Pegasus Press 1973 fifth revised edition, 56pp + plates. [#2787 nz history, stewart island ]

SHADBOLT Charles, with Mike Bradstock 
Independent by Name, Independent by Nature

The first 50 years of Independent Fisheries Ltd. Starting in 1954 from a fish and chip shop in Linwood, this Christchurch and Canterbury based business has successfully expanded its plant and operations. ISBN9780473160661

VG+ softback
$30 B/C
Independent Fisheries Ltd. 2009, 116pp. [#2815 new zealand, history, business, company history ]

SIMPSON Helen M.   The Women of New Zealand new edition
VG VG price clipped DW, name to fep, $10 C/C Paul's Book Arcade 1962 hard cover, 205pp + plates. Includes a new post script. [#2004 new zealand history]

The Sugarbag Years

A record of oral history recorded by Simpson about the Great Depression in New Zealand in the 1930s. The Labour movement, riots, rise of the Labour government.
This is the large format first edition.

VG+ softback, sewn binding.
$25 C/B
Hodder 1984 second edition, 223pp.
[#2428 ]

The Sugarbag Years

A record of oral history recorded by Simpson about the Great Depression in New Zealand in the 1930s. The Labour movement, riots, rise of the Labour government.
This is the large format first edition.

VG softback
$35 B/C
Alister Taylor 1974 First edition, 168pp.
[#3006 ]

SINCLAIR R. S. M.   Kawarau Gold
Being the story of the dredging for gold of the Kawarua river (in Otago, New Zealand) and in particular the chronicle of the courage and enterprise of the founders and proprietors of the famous "Electric Gold Dredging Company"

VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket. Small gift inscription to endpaper $45 C/C Privately published 1962 first edition cloth, 160pp + plates. [#2391 nz history otago gold dredging ]

SLATTER Gordon   The Story of Rolleston House 1919-74
VG VG small amount of insect damage to rear fep (only), DW some edge wear and minor chipping or short tears $30 C/C Pegasus 1977 first edition hard cover, 157pp + plates. Rolleston House of Canterbury University, Christchurch. [# 955 nzhst]

SMITH Vivienne   Reining in the Dinosaur
The true story behind the remarkable turnaround of New Zealand Post. The successful corporatisation of the New Zealand Post Office during the Governments commercial restructuring of State Owned Enterprises.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with small tear at bottom of spine joint. Name to fep. $25 B/C New Zealand Post 1997 first edition, 232 pages. ISBN0473043890 [#2484 new zealand business history ]

SMYTH Bernard W. and Hilary Howorth   Books and Pamphlets Relating to Culture and the Arts in New Zealand a bibliography including works published to the end of the year 1977
VG- light cover wear $10 B/A Department of Extension Studies University of Canterbury 1978 first edition soft cover, 103pp. ISBN 0477060560 [#1491 new zealand history]

Prehistoric New Zealand
Illustrated by Vivian Ward and Geoffrey Cox.
cover image of Prehistoric New Zealand

A study of 500 million years of New Zealand geology, flora and fauna. From breaking away from the Gondwana land continental mass, to the arrival of the first Polynesians. With illustrations, maps and photographs.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$25 B/C
Reed 1995 revised edition, 128pp.
[#3419 ]

Chancers and Visionaries
A History of New Zealand Wine

A history of the wine industry in New Zealand. From the early 1820s vines were planted at various places in the Far North. Recounts the impact of Dalmatian immigrants, and the retarding influence of the Temperance movement and the aggression of the beer industry. If it weren't for Catholic priests, winemaking may have died out altogether. This carefully researched history uncovers the fascinating story of wine in this country and highlights the remarkable characters who believed in it and whose passion drove it forward, even in its darkest decades. Illustrated.

VG softback with VG dust jacket
$75 D/D
Godwit 2010, 448pp.
[#3105 ]

The Quest for Security in New Zealand 1840-1966

VG name to half title, minor pencil underlining

$10 C/C [NZ 30]

Oxford Univ Press 1966 softcover xvi 512pp sewn binding in stiff card covers

SUTHERLAND Temple   The Golden Bush
VG VG- DW price clipped with closed tear to top right of cover, and some chipping and tears to spine ends $20 C/C W&T/ M Joseph 1956 third impression, cloth, 240pp + frontis. New Zealand pioneering yarn includes hunting and gold mining, and the authors friendship with his dog [# 1044 other new zealand]

Auckland, the Capital of New Zealand, and the Country Adjacent
Including some account of the Gold discovery in the Coromandel.
cover image of Auckland, the Capital of New Zealand, and the Country Adjacent

Swainson was the second, and last, Attorney-General of the Crown colony of New Zealand and was instrumental in setting up the legal system. He was the first Speaker of the New Zealand Legislative Council. He published this work anonymously, intending it as a guide for new colonists. It is a rare record of early Auckland and surrounds at a time when few accounts were being made of the rapidly changing times.
A Facsimile of 1853 Edition

VG+ softback
$10 C/A
Wilson and Horton, 163pp.

TASKER John   Myth and Mystery Who were the first Europeans to visit New Zealand?
VG+ $18 B/B Tandem Press1997 first edition soft cover, sewn, 200pp ISBN 1877178098 [#1860 nz history]

TAYLOR Nancy M. 
The Journal of Ensign Best
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Taylor edits Best's personal Journal where he descirbes his time in New Zealand and Australia as an Army Officer serving onboard a convict ship. Includes observations of New South Wales, Norfolk Island, and New Zealand with observations on Maori and New Zealand settlements.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with sunned spine
$30 B/D
Govt. Printer 1966, 465pp + plates.
[#1774 / 3375 ]

THORNTON Geoffrey G. 
The New Zealand Heritage of Farm Buildings
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Over 300 historic early farm buildings described and their history given. Illustrated with many photographs. A rare book on New Zealand's agricultural engineering heritage.
architecture, rural, heritage buildings, historic places

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$95 B/D
Reed Methuen Books 1986, 268pp.
[#3561 ]

TOLERTON Jane   60s Chicks hit the Nineties
NEW $7 B/B Penguin paperback 1997, 208pp. Jane Tolerton interviews NZ women who were coming of age in the 1960s, and how they have changed since then etc. ISBN 0140272437 sociology biography [# 889 nzhst]

TURNER Michael 
One Muff Too Tough: Ocean Beach
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Journalist investigates the disputes between staff, the union, and management at the Bluff Ocean Beach meat processing plant. ISBN0908720009
industrial relations, trade union, meatworks, meat processing, Bluff, New Zealand Meat Workers' Union

G softback with wear and soiling to covers.
$15 C/B
Sycamore Print 1985 reprint, 148pp.
[#3452 ]

VAGGIOLI Dom Felice & John Crockett 
History of New Zealand and its Inhabitants

Vaggioli was in New Zealand from 1879 to 1887 and worked in Gisborne, Auckland and the Corormandel. One of the first Benedictine priests to be sent to New Zealand. Written in response to requests for information on New Zealand this covers the founding of New Zealand, Maori culture, colonial government and much more. First published 1896 in Italian and supressed because of its criticism of the colonial government and its treatment of the Maori.

VG+ quality trade paperback, sewn binding.
$35 C/C
University Otago Press 2000, 340 pages.
[#3037 ]

VENNELL C. W. & David More 
Land of the Three Rivers

A Centennial History of Piako County. In the Kaimai Ranges, Piako County once included Matamata County. The three rivers Waihou, Waitoa and Piako flow through it.
THIS PRESENTATION COPY has been signed by More to title page. A presentation plate, signed by the County Chairman and County Clerk, states this copy was presented to Robert Muldoon, the then Prime Minister of New Zealand, at the Centennial Dinner function for the Counties of Piako, Waikato and Waipa. This plate is detached from where it was glued in, as the glue has dried out. It has left brown marks to the verso of the frontispiece.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with slightly sunned spine.
$40 C/D
Wilson & Horton 1976, 366pp+ plates. [#2747 new zealand, regional history, Waikato ]

Tower of Strength 1869-1969

A Centennial History of the New Zealand Government Life Insurance Office

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor wear or chipping to head of spine
$20 C/C
Wilson & Horton 1969 first edition decorative boards, 240pp. [#2339 nz history company history]

WADE W. R.  
Journey in the Northern Island of New Zealand
Interspersed with various information relative to the country and people.

Early travels (1830s) amongst North Island Maori with ethnological and botanical observations.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with a few short edge tears. Book has a bookplate to the endpaper, name stamp fep, small amount of writing to rear paste down $45 C/B Capper Press 1977 first facsimile of 1842 edition, hardcover, 206pp. [#2316 maori ]

WAITE John C   Dear Mr Booth Some Early chapters in the History of the Salvation Army in New Zealand
VG- VG- some foxing to prelims, name blacked to fep, DW light rubbing wear to edges, surface soiled $15 B/B Salvation Army (1963) first edition hard cover, 84pp + plates [# 967 nz hst]

WAKEFIELD Edward Jerningham
abridged edition by Joan Stevens
Adventure in New Zealand

This abridgement excises Wakefield's "partisan" writings against his enemies in New Zealand, while retaining his well received account of the Colony at the time. He describes in detail the social conditions during the founding of the colony and its explorations in New Zealand, and includes detailed first-hand ethnographic information concerning the Maori tribes the expedition encountered. A valuable and fascinating insight into the society and development of one of the earliest colonies of New Zealand.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket
$30 C/C
Whitcombe and Tombs 1955 first abridged edition, xviii 320pp + plates. [#2934 + NZ146 new zealand history ]

WAKEFIELD Edward Jerningham
abridged edition by Joan Stevens
Adventure in New Zealand

This abridgement excises Wakefield's "partisan" writings against his enemies in New Zealand, while retaining his well received account of the Colony at the time. He describes in detail the social conditions during the founding of the colony and its explorations in New Zealand, and includes detailed first-hand ethnographic information concerning the Maori tribes the expedition encountered. A valuable and fascinating insight into the society and development of one of the earliest colonies of New Zealand.

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with sunned spine
$15 C/C
Golden Press 1987, xx 320pp.[#1706+1797 ]

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with sunned spine, lacks free end paper
$15 C/C
Golden Press 1987, xx 320pp.[#1714 ]

WAKEFIELD Edward, and others
With Lithographs by A D Willis
New Zealand Illustrated.
cover image of New Zealand Illustrated by Wakefield and Willis.

The Story of New Zealand and Descriptions of its Cities and Towns also The Natural Wonders of New Zealand.
Large format landscape book with 16 lithographic plates of New Zealand scenes. This is a facsimile reproduction of the 1888 original. Includes "Mount Tarawera in Eruption, June 10, 1886", and 1 black & white lithographic plate of the Waitomo Caves. The facsimile edition was limited to 1000 numbered copies.
panoramic plates, new zealand city scapes, art, Victorian

VG- hardback with pictorial boards and leather spine. There is some surface insect damage to the covers. Comes in original protective cardboard case. THIS COPY is #624
$150 D/D
No Publisher 1967, unpaginated.
[#3566 ]

WALL Arnold   The Queen's English a commentary for New Zealand
VG- VG- browning to DW endpapers and closed edges $20 C/C Pegasus 1958 first edition hb dw166pp A look at New Zeland English [# 1723 new zealand history]

WESTMACOTT Spencer   The After-Breakfast Cigar Selected Memoirs of a King Country Settler
VG VG name to fep and half title, minor wear or soiling to DW $30 C/C Reed 1977 first edition hard cover, 206pp. ISBN 0589010115 [# 1404 new zealand history]

WHITE Leo   Wingspread The Pioneering of Aviation in New Zealand
VG VG DW minor chipping to spine ends and corners $75 C/C Unity Press 1941 first edition cloth 191pp + plates [# 1756 nz history]
Ski-Plane Adventure: Flying in the New Zealand Alps

VG- VG- short tear and edgewear to DW.

$20 C/C [Item# 305 NZ]

Reed 1965 second impression hardcover, 222pp + plates.

Racing for Gold
Thames and the Goldfields with the History of the Thames Jockey Club
With author's laid on plate to title with presentation signature

A history of Thames, from the gold rush that turned Thames into a boom town, but mainly concerned with the regions horse racing activities.

VG hardback in VG+ dust jacket
$35 B/C
Williams Publishers 1987, 294pp, map endpapers.[#2894 new zealand, history, Thames ]

WILLIAMS Wendy Hunter   Out of Mind, Out of Sight the story of Porirua Hospital
VG light wear $30 C/C Porirua Hospital 1987 large format soft cover, ix 358pp, illustrated. Porirua Hospital Centennial History. ISBN 0473004768 [# 1678 nz history]

John Hobbs 1800-1883

Biography of early colonial Wesleyan Missionary to the Ngapuhi Tribe of Northern New Zealand
colonial, missionary

VG hardback in VG dust jacket with light wear to edges
$30 C/C
Govt Printer 1985 first edition, xii 263+ plates.
[#1772, NZ138 ]

Bad Blood
The Story of Stanley Grahame
original title Manhunt
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Belligerent Hokitika farmer Stan Graham refused to hand in his rifle for the war effort, and combined with financial strain and arguments with his neighbours he later shot and killed a total of seven people before being killed by an armed Home Guard search party. Made into a film in 1981.

VG+ softback
$10 A/A
Fontana/ Collins 1981, 224pp illustrated.
true crime, westland
[#3397 ]

WILSON Helen  
Brave Days, Pioneer Women in New Zealand

First issue of this publication by the Women's Division of the New Zealand Farmer's Union, which celebrates pioneer and colonial women, and the role they played in developing the country. From Auckland down to Southland there are entries related to specific places and specific families.

VG hardback without dust jacket, aged, small name to fep, one corner fayed. $20 C/C Reed 1939 first edition cloth, 309pp + plates. Reminiscences and biographical information of early settler women. [#2476 new zealand history women ]

WING Douglas Robert 
Balfour: Pioneers to Present
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Local history of the Balfour District of Northern Southland.
Waimea, Ardlussa, Cattle Flat, Blck Swamp, Longridge Village, Kingston Crossing, Otapiri, Glenure

VG softback
$85 B/C
Balfour and Districts Historical Society 2004, 470pp + plates and maps.
[#3593 ]

The New Zealand Index of every place in New Zealand for 1904

Very scarce early index, great to see what your town was like in 1904! gives population, amenities, condition of roads etc.

G+ hardback with no dust jacket, joints and spine ends rubbed, a little stain along the botttom of the upper joint, spine faded, corners just starting to fray, original printed endpapers tidy and hinges tight. $75 C/C, H. Wise and Co 1904, red cloth with black titling to cover and spine, 374pp [#2341 nz history ]

New Zealand's Hidden Past

The author believes he has found archaeological evidence of Phoenician exploration or settlement of ancient Pre-Maori New Zealand. ISBN047307303X ISBN13 9780473073039

VG softback, tidy but has former owner rubber stamp to 3 pages at the front with some offsetting to the facing pages.
$35 B/B
Discovery Press 2001, 134pp illustrated. [#2737 New Zealand history]

WOMEN'S DIVISION FEDERATED FARMERS   The Awatere Valley, Today and Yesterday Molesworth to the Sea
Fair, water damaged paper wrappers, minor stain to some pages, xeroxed sheets ( as issued) $25 C/B Awatere Valley Women's Division of Federated Farmers 1966, xeroxed format with illustrated covers, staple bound, covers are well worn and rubbed and with rear wrapper damp stained, some minor water marking at top spine corner margin of pages, 190pp of text and photographs, the photographs being photocopies are not of the best detail but they are informative, a gazetter of the sheep runs and stations in the Awatere Valley, from "Molesworth to the sea" with the history up to 1966 etc, uncommon book, small name to first page [# 1643 new zealand history]

WOODHOUSE Alice   The Naming of Napier
Colonial history of Napier

FINE $10 C/A Hawke's Bay Art Gallery and Museum 1970, stapled wrappers, 12pp with illustrations. [#2394 nz history, napier ]

WOODHOUSE A. E.   New Zealand Farm and Station Verse 1850-1950
VG+ VG+ small pen name to fep $30 C/C W&T 1967 reprint hard cover, prelims + 202pp +plates. High Country mustering, shearing, farming based verse and ballads. [#1920 new zealand history]

WOODS Sybil   Marianne Williams A study of life in the Bay of Islands New Zealand 1823-1879
G some minor damp to bottom corner of pages to the margin only, with some associated damp to bottom of rear cover $10 B/A PPP printers 1994 (3rd edition) soft cover, 78pp includes photos, life in early colonial ( and pre-colonial) New Zealand. [# 888 nzhst]

Unwillingly to School

The history of New Zealand schools and schooling from the earliest colonial times. Includes an appendix of milestones in regional schools. Illustrated.

VG softback
$15 B/B
Reed 1976, 88 pp.
[#3063 ]

WRIGHT Olive Translates Dumont D'Urville 
The Voyage Of the Astrolabe 1840

First translated thus, 'An English rendering of the journals of Dumont d'Urville and his officers of their visit to New Zealand in 1840, together with some account of Bishop Pompallier and Charles, Baron de Thierry'.

VG hardback in VG unclipped dust jacket with light handling soiling and a few short edge tears
$45 B/C
Reed 1955 first edition, xii 180pp + plates. [#2923 new zealand history, french in new zealand ]

WRIGHT-St CLAIR R E   From Cottage to Regional Base Hospital Waikato Hospital 1887-1987
VG+ VG+ minor soiling to fep $30 C/D Waikato Hospital Board 1987 first edition hard cover large 4to, vi 125pp, illustrated in text with b&w photographs. ISBN 0473004577 [# 1283 new zealand history]

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