The history and culture of the New Zealand Maori in the past and the present.
Maori language, genealogy, art and craft, warfare and politics. Treaty of Waitangi history and issues.
Colonel Sir Jame E Alexander commanded troops during the Taranaki Land Wars in the 1860s and gives an account of them.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket with some rubbing, chipping and light soiling. Book free endpaper removed.
Capper 1976 first facsimile of 1863 edition, hardcover, 425pp
Nine centuries of changing fortune for the southern Maori. The early period: AD 900-1350, The first people, Moa and moa-hunters, The bountiful sea, Craftsmen and artists, Hunters at home. The middle period: AD 1350-1550, The Moa recession, Making the land open, Living with scarcity. The late period: AD 1550-1800, Classic Maori, Traditional troubles, In peaceful years. Archaeological and anthropological study of pre-historic Maori ('Moa-hunters') in the south of the South Island. Illustrated with photographs and diagrams.
Otago Heritage Books, 1983, 52pp.
An early printing in Maori of a religious tract, 'The congregation in the church'.
19th century, ephemera, religious, christian, maori
VG single sheet folded once for 4 pages.
I taia tenei ki te Perehi o R LUCAS, Whakatu, Nui Tirene, 1861.
[#3721, bis ]
An excellent survey and resource of the Maori traditional art of Toi whakairo (art carving). With hundreds of photographs and some colour plates. Includes archaic and classical carvings, architectural carving, tools and techniques, domestic carving, and personal items such as taonga boxes, adornment and weapons.
VG cloth hardback in VG dust jacket with minor wear to spine ends.
Reed 1969 FIRST EDITION, 163pp.
An Account of Various Exercises, Games and Pastimes of the Natives of New Zealand as Practised in Former Times, Including Some Information Concerning Their Vocal and Instrumental Music.
ethnology, traditional culture, Dominion Museum Bulletin No 8
VG leatherette hardback in G+ dust jacket, some rubbing with a short tear and chipping and loss at head of spine.
Government Printer 1976 facsimile of 1926 edition, 334pp illustrated throughout with photographs in the text.
A brief account of Maori life as it was in Pre-European days. Maori ethnology of pre-European traditional life and culture. Includes physical and mental characteristics / traditional history /mythology and folklore / religious ideas / social usages / arts of life.
VG hardback with inscription to endpaper, in VG- dust jacket with a few closed edge tears and minor chipping.
Government Printer 1952 reprint cloth xv 296pp photos in text. Reprint of 1924 original .
VG hardback with a few convent library stamps, tape to endpapers, in VG- dust jacket with one hardly visible closed tear top edge of front panel of dust jacket but looks tidy under plastic sleeve, tape residue to jacket where plastic sleeve is taped to it
Government Printer 1952 reprint cloth xv 296pp photos in text. Reprint of 1924 original
A brief account of Maori life as it was in Pre-European days.
Maori ethnology of pre-European traditional life and culture.
Includes physical and mental characteristics / traditional history /mythology and folklore / religious ideas / social usages / arts of life.
VG hardback with inscription to half title, in a VG dust jacket
Government Printer 1974, cloth xv 296pp, photos in text. Reprint of 1924 original
[NZ37, 3935 ]
VG hardback with inscription to half title, in a G+ worn and repaired dust jacket
Government Printer 1974, cloth xv 296pp, photos in text. Reprint of 1924 original
The cultivated food plants of the Natives of New Zealand with some account of native methods of agriculture, it's ritual and origin myths. Well illustrated with photographs. Reprint of 1925 Dominion Museum Bulletin No 9
Near fine hardback in VG dust jacket with slightly sunned spine and minor edge splits
Government Printer 1976 cloth, 315pp.
Rua Kenana was one of many Maori prophetic leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries. He called himself Te Mihaia hou, the new messiah, and was the leader of a section of the Tuhoe at a time when their land, the Urewera country, was threatened by possible prospecting and milling. Withdrawing to Maungapohatu, in the heart of Urewera, he established a community. This work is a history of Rua and his people, of the destruction of the community, by the government during World War I, and the struggle to start all over again.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Gift inscription to endpaper.
Oxford University Press 1979, 208pp.
Brailsford follows the ancient Maori Greenstone Trails across the South Island and the Southern Alps. The history and geology of the stone, it's significance to Maori culture, and the harsh terrain of the landscape it was sourced from. Photographs, sketches, diagrams and maps.
VG softback with small name to half-title.
Reed 1984 first edition, 192 pages.
VG softback with small name to first page and a printing eror to cover shows as small discoloured patch.
Reed 1984 first edition, 192 pages.
The history of Maori in New Zealand, from the mythical arrival up to pre-Colonial period.Various chapters on social, cultural and material culture. Maori speech, food, houses, mats, weaving, clothing, tools, canoes, fishing, games, music, weapons, decoration, art, family, religion and warfare.
VG hardback in G+ dust jacket, which has been reinforced by pasting brown paper on the reverse side. Free end paper clipped and with a gift inscription.
Whitcombe and Tombs 1950, second edition, 551pp + XXIV plates.
A history of the Maori in New Zealand from the first discovery through three migration periods.
Following this Buck describes in detail various aspects of Maori material , social and religious culture.
This includes Maori language, food and houses, textiles and weaving, clothing, manufacture and use of tools, canoes and fishing, games, music, art and decoration, family and religious traditions, and weapons and warfare.
maori, culture, history, archaeology, pre-contact
VG- hardback with no dust jacket. Small split at head of spine cloth on joint.
Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd., 1974 reprint of second edition (1950), 551pp+ plates.
Biography of the renowned maori war chieftan Te Rauparaha
FINE hardback in VG dust jacket with minor adhesive stains to extreme edges of jacket and edges of endpapers.
Capper Press 1976 facsimile of Whitcombe and Tombs 1911 edition, xvi 351pp + genealogy list and folding map at rear.
A biography of Sir Peter Henry Buck KCMG DSO (1877-1951), also named Te Rangi Hiroa by his Maori whanau in honour of an ancestor.
A prominent member of the Ngati Mutunga iwi, he was a doctor, military leader, health administrator, politician, anthropologist and museum director.
During the First World War, Buck helped recruit a Maori volunteer contingent, which he joined as a medical officer. He was at Gallipoli, being awarded a Distinguished Service Order for heroism.
He later saw action in France and Belgium, before being posted to the No 3 New Zealand General Hospital at Codford, England in 1918.
He was appointed Chief Maori Medical Officer, and in 1921 was director of the Maori Hygiene Division in the Department of Health.
With a long-standing interest in Pacific and Polynesian cultures, Buck served as Director, Trustee, and President of the Board of Trustees of the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1936 until his death in 1951.
pacific islands, new zealand, biography, maori
VG+ hardback with no dust jacket.
Whitcombe and Tombs 1971, 314pp + plates.
A revised and updated version of the Consedines' best-selling book on the Treaty - by Pakeha, for Pakeha. Healing our History was written as a result of the popular Waitangi Associates treaty workshops run by Robert Consedine. Addresses Pakeha identity and the relevance of the Treaty. Since the 1990s Robert has worked with a network of Maori and Pakeha to establish a successful workshop process that enabled Pakeha to learn about, and confront, New Zealand's colonial history and to understand its implications today. Robert's unique take on the subject illustrates how all New Zealanders can discover a new sense of personal and national identity that respects and honours the Treaty relationship.
VG+ softback, name to inside of cover, this copy also has a SIGNED presentation inscription to title page from Robert Consedine
Penguin 2005, 329 pp.
Penguin 2005, 329 pp.
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.
Early eyewitness Accounts of Maori Life 1, being, Extracts from journals of the visit to New Zealand of the French ship St Jean Baptiste in December 1769 under the command of Jean F.M. de Surville.
First thus translation of important early French accounts of exploration in New Zealand in the Eighteenth Century, with an appendix of charts and drawings. Includes accounts of Maori social life and customs, and the nautical exploration of the country.
French text and English translation side by side.
new zealand, french exploration, 18th century, pre-european maori
VG hardback with no dust jacket, landscape format.
Alexander Turnbull Library 1982, 225pp.
Early eyewitness Accounts of Maori Life 2, being, Extracts from Journals Relating to the Visit to New Zealand in May-July 1772 of the French Ships Mascarin and Marquis De Castries under the Command of M.- J. Marion Du Fresne.
First thus translation of important early French accounts of exploration in New Zealand in the Eighteenth Century. Includes some reproduced charts and illustrations at rear. First edition limited to 1000 copies, includes accounts by; Julien Crozet, Ambroise Bernard Marie Le Jar Du Clesmeur, Jean Roux, Paul Chevillard De Montesson, Le Dez, Jean Baptiste Nicolas Denis D'apres De Mannevillette. Gives important early first hand accounts of pre-colonial Maori life, material culture and dress etc.
VG+ hardback in landscape 4to cloth
Alexander Turnbull Library 1985, viii 396 pages.
A detailed account of Maori legislative efforts at self-determination by highlighting the legal battles and conflicting attitudes between Maori and the Crown. Environmental management, issues related to the retention of language and culture, Maori representation in Parliament, and the Treaty of Waitangi are among the topics covered in this balanced and reasonable socio-political assessment.
maori, politics, tupuna, moana,
Oxford University Press 2001, 280pp.
Augustus Earle (1793-1838) known as "the wandering artist" travelled widely in Europe, North Africa, the Americas and Oceania. This contains a biographical introduction and reproduces 23 of his artistic works. He spent nine months in New Zealand in 1827, and witnessed traditional Maori life and custom before European influence took hold.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket, name to endpaper
Oxford University Press 1966, first edition. 270 pages + plates.
Statistical study of the economics of Maori communities and society.
Economic organisation provides the medium whereby food, clothing, shelter, tools, and objects of wealth of less utilitarian kind are secured to the service of man. Firth's study of this aspect of life forms the theme of the present book.
The Second Edition of Primitive Economics Of the New Zealand Maori (1923)
With a completely re-written introductory chapter and much new material added, and a final chapter on the post-European period, expanded to show the developing contribution of modern Maori to New Zealand society as a whole.
new zealand, society, reference, statistics
VG hardback in VG dust jacket with minor wear short edge split etc. Name to fep in pen.
Government Printer 1959 second edition, 519pp + plates and maps etc.
Collected from oral traditions by A. A. Grace with the help of Karepa te Whetu of Ngati-Koata. Includes tales of Putawai, Kirika, the Ngarara, Tinirau.
The first edition.
VG hardback, cloth with gilt spine. Endpapers browned due to paste action.
Gordon and Gotch 1907 First Edition, 257pp.
A graphic novel portraying the life and times of a deserter, Pakeha Maori, and warrior in the New Zealand Wars. Kimble Bent gave himself up to the Maori to escape harsh treatment from the British army, and lived and fought with them. Based on James Cowan's 'Kimble Bent' (1911).
Random House 2012, reprint. Approx 50 pages.
Kiri Te Kanawa's retellings of Maori Myths, Tales and Legends. With full page full colour illustrations by Michael Foreman.
The first edition.
Fine hardback in Fine dust jacket
Viking 1989 first edition, 119pp.
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
Raupo 2008 soft cover, 289pp. Illustrated.[#2040 ]
This was the first in depth account of the Moriori of the Chatham Islands, and is now regarded as a classic work. King clears away the nonsense, rumour and vilification that has surrounded the Moriori, and identifies who they were and where they came from, and reveals that Moriori were not a race, and are far from extinct.
chathams, first edition, moriori
VG hardback in VG- dust jacket with a minor repaired tear to spine end. Lightly sunned spine. Gift inscription to free end paper.
Viking 1989 FIRST EDITION, 226pp.
A biography of Te Puea Herangi of the Waikato. The third edition (1987) with new material.
VG+ softback, first blank page has been removed
Hodder 1990, 331pp.
A history of 150 years of the Methodist Maori Mission. Being the Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society of New Zealand Volume 27 Numbers 1 and 2.
G+ hardback in VG dust jacket. Tidy ex-library, dust jacket under plastic sleeve, errata slip to endpaper.
Wesley Historical Society of New Zealand 1972, viii 267pp + index and plates.
A Tale of the Good Old Times, together with a History of the War in the North of New Zealand against the Chief Heke in the year 1845 as told by an Old Chief of the Ngapuhi Tribe. Also Maori traditions.
The eighth impression of the Whitcombes edition.
VG hardback with no dust jacket.
Whitcombe and Tombs (1964), xxxvi 327pp including plates.
Lady Martin's word picture of life in Auckland more than a century ago - one of the rarest books on early colonial life and one of the most readable. The title 'Our Maoris' is, perhaps, misleading. From the wide range of the author's observations at a time when (to quote her own words) 'everyone was young and full of life,' she could well have called her book 'Our Colonists.' Early governors, officials and churchmen, as well as Maoris, move through its pages, which have preserved also intimate glimpses of family and social life. As the wife of New Zealand's first chief justice, Lady Martin came to the colony in 1842. A physical disability prevented her from moving far afield from their home in Judge's Bay except by boat or in a litter carried on the shoulders of her Maori friends. This handicap did not, however, dampen her enthusiasm for every aspect of life in this fascinating new land. The Martins returned to England in 1874, making their home at Torquay in Devon. Here 'Our Maoris' was written. It was published in 1884, the year of the author's death. Facsimile reprint of SPCK 1884 edition.Cover of Rangi Topeora from the portrait by Lindauer.
Wilson & Horton, news print paperback 220pp + illustrations.
Maori language illustrated childrens story about a boy's fishing trip.
VG+ softback small owner stamp to first page
This book examines encounters between the Christian church and Maori. Christian faith among Maori changed from Maori receiving the missionary endeavours of Pakeha settlers, to the development of indigenous expressions of Christian faith.
maori, religion, colonisation, christianity, spirituality
Huia Publishers 2012, 327pp.
Simple but in depth guide mainly to conversational Maori language. Seventh edition, revised by W W Bird.
VG hardback with VG dust jacket with light wear, light spotting to closed edges of pages.
Whitcombe and Tombs 1953, 172pp
The most authoritative English-Maori dictionary, with the same content as the larger version, in a handy pocket size. 104 x 145 x 25mm
maori language, dictionary, te reo
Learning Media Ltd 1995, 621pp.
A complete look at the Treaty of Waitangi and it's repercussions, past and present.
Allen & Unwin, 1987 reprint. 312 pages.
Dominion Museum Monograph 8
VG cloth hardback in VG slightly rubbed dust jacket. Name and tape rust to endpapers.
Government Printer 1952 first edition, 212pp, well illustrated.
Retellings of Maori folk-tales. Maui pulls up the North Island, and his other exploits. The adventures of Rata, Tura, Kahukura, Ihenga and Tawhaki. The battle of the Birds and more. Illustrated in colour by Roger Hart.
G+ hardback in VG dust jacket. Book rubbed to edges and with name at front. Some minor yellowing to page edges.
Reed 1974 first edition, 134pp.
Legends relating to the first Polynesian Explorers of New Zealand
VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket.
Reed 1977 first edition, xvi 288pp
VG hardback in VG dust jacket with name label to paste down, front hinge partially split.
Reed 1977 first edition, xvi 288pp
Alphabetical collection of proverbs from the Maori, arranged by subject.
maori, tradition, proverbs, sayings
VG- hardback with no dust jacket. Small name to fep, lightly foxed closed edges, lightly dust soiled boards.
Reed 1963 first edition, 135pp.
Biography of Wiremu Tamihana Tarapipipi Te Waharoa, prominent maori in the later nineteenth century.
Maori, colonial, land wars
As new perfect bound soft cover
Cadsonbury 1996, 201pp. Second edition facsimile of 1963 edition.
Biographical study of Amiria Manutahi Stirling, includes genealogical charts tracing her descent from Paikea.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket. Book has minor adhesive stain to top edge of prelims offset from dust jacket plastic sleeve
Reed 1976 first edition, 4to, xii 184pp b&w photos.
Reveals a Treaty made and then repeatedly breached, and gives a compelling case for a fair and reasonable settlement to Treaty grievances. The history and continuing ramifications of the Treaty of Waitangi.
VG- soft back, ex library with stamps etc, soft covers have been contact sealed with thick laminate, hinges reinforced.
Bridget Williams 1999 first edition, soft cover, 211pp+ plates.
The novel Revenge: a love tale of the Mount Eden tribe which was published posthumously in 1940 was regarded by White as a popularisation of Maori history.
White, a distinguished Maori scholar, and as fluent as a native speaker, was influenced by the Poems of Ossian to collect Maori song poetry. He soon accumulated several hundred songs and traditions. In 1851 White became governor George Grey's secretary and translator and travelled the North Island as a government official. Later he was a private interpreter and Maori land agent. During 1874-1878 White edited Te Wananga, a Maori newspaper and this with his reputation as an ethnographer resulted in his appointment as the compiler and writer of an official Maori history. This was published in six volumes between 1887 and 1890 as The ancient history of the Maori, his mythology and traditions.
This copy is Number 1 of a limited first edition of 350 numbered copies
VG leatherbound hardback with gilt titling in VG dust jacket with some minor edge wear. Private bookplate to front pastedown. Some mild foxing to closed edges.
Reed 1940, xviii+289pp + frontis.
Pip Williams was a pharmacist in rural Northland and kept notes of traditional remedies he saw the local Maori use.
He recounts what he saw and was told, how the native plants were used and what complaints they treated.
herbs, health, naturopathy
Penguin Books 2008, 79pp.