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This work includes glimpses of street life in Thatcher's Britain, ficitonal narratives, and some of the anti-erotic poems she is well known for.
Oxford University Press 1986 first edition, 53pp.
Poems, including ones referring to visits to Northern Ireland and Nepal, and New Zealand subjects such as; Moa Point and In Memoriam: James K Baxter.
G+ softback with minor sunfading to spine, name in pen to first page
Oxford University Press 1974 first edition, 43pp.
Includes a selection from her published works and 26 new poems.
Oxford University Press 1983 first edition, 125pp.
Verse by an early visitor to New Zealand.
Preface is designated Ashburton, Canterbury.
poetry, colonial, canterbury
VG- softback with sewn sheets in printed paper wrapper.
Backstrip sunned, splitting at ends of upper joint, pencil name to fep, errata pasted down to half title
Alexander Gardner, Paisley 1915 first edition, 205pp.
Poems by Rewi Alley.
china, communist party, pacifist
G+ softback in faded stapled covers.
Name and address on verso of title, some minor insect damage to a few page corners.
Caxton Press 1967 first edition, 25pp.
Oxford University Press 1973 first edition, 58pp.
These poems were written after two years teaching in Australia from 1974 to 1975.
Caveman Press 1980, 63pp.
Collected from a lifetime of her work, some are on New Zealand and Kaikoura (Clarence High Country) themes.
VG softback, small mark to cover.
Black Robin Publishing 1987 FIRST EDITION, 72pp
45 poems selected from her four previous collections.
Victoria University Press 1997, 125pp.
Self published New Zealand poetry.
VG softback in stapled card wrappers.
Two (only) worm holes to rear few pages, a few instances of correction in the text in pen.
Self published, undated, printed by Pegasus Press, 40pp
Includes 'New Zealand Hymn' which was adapted for the National Anthem.
colonial, poetry, God Defend New Zealand
G cloth hardback, spine and edges rubbed, ink name to paste down and title page, sections looseneing on perished glue, some fingermarking.
Gordon and Gotch 1914 (sixth edition), 99pp.
G softback with sewn sheets in printed wrappers.
Spine chipped, some foxing to pages and wrappers, rear wrapper half detached
Gordon and Gotch 1928 (eigth edition), 96pp.
[NZFCT 19 ]
Collects Brasch's published and previously unpublished poetry.
Brasch was the founder of Landfall magazine.
Edited by Alan Roddick.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket with some fading or handling soiling.
Oxford University Press 1984 first edition, 256 pp.
Posthumously edited by Alan Roddick from some unpublished works amongst Brasch's papers.
VG hardback in VG- dust jacket.
Small remainder marker stripe to closed bottom page edge, on rear of jacket there is an adhesive ghost left by removed label.
Caxton Press, 1974. First Edition, 62pp.
VG+ $30 A/ letter rate single A4 sheet folded once for 4pp, cover title +2pp text. [#2356 new zealand fiction]
VG softback in VG dust jacket
Reed 1964 first edition stapled card boards with DW over this. 48pp. [#2580 new zealand poetry]
Janacia 1976 first edition softcover, 102pp. [#2584 new zealand poetry, photography ]
$10 B/ letter rate
Rawhiti Press 1983, 49pp. [#2579 new zealand poetry]
A nice copy of Alistair Campbells first book of poetry.
The original rare, numbered, limited edition, printed by Pegasus Press on beautiful hand made paper stock.
VG hardback in G dust jacket. Cloth spine, marbled boards with title label.
The dust jacket is unclipped but has some light chipping to edges and is sunned / browned.
Pegasus Press 1950 first edition. Numbered #286 of only 300 copies printed. 42pp.
[#3287 (#300/4236) ]
Selected from 20 years of his work and from the following publications; Island and Time, Sailing or Drowning, At Dead Low Water, Poems 1949-57
VG- hardback in G+ price clipped dust jacket with some foxing and small chip from head of rear panel. Name to free end paper.
Oxford University Press 1962, 84 pp.
Curnow has selected these poems from his own body of work.
Penguin 1982, 246pp.
An early collection of mid- twentieth century New Zealand poets. Includes Fleur Adcock, James K Baxter, Peter Bland, Alistair Campbell, Gordon Challis, Charles Doyle, Louis Johnson, M K Joseph, Owen Leeming, W H Oliver, Keith Sinclair, Kendrick Smithyman, and C K Stead.
VG hardback in G+ dust jacket, shows minor age related wear.
Collins 1965 first edition, 204pp
G+ softback with some fading to covers
Pegasus Press 1975 first edition, 64pp.
'Lauris Edmond is looking inwards, to the changes in perception that become evident with age, as well as outwards, to one's place in the wider world and the links between the generations.'
VG- softback, name at front and some very minor foxing.
Auckland University Press 1996, 57pp
One of New Zealand's most distinguished poets casts an eye on the fragility of relationships and the impermanence of human existence in this collection of her work.
VG softback, SIGNED COPY with PRESENTATION INSCRIPTION from the author to Anne (Mulcock)
Oxford University Press 1988, 64pp.
A selection from her published works with another 35 new poems.
Oxford University Press 1984, 128pp.
The last collection by Edmond, this was accepted for publication just before her death in January 2000. The poems in this last book always imply the presence of others, often addressing them directly.
Auckland University Press 2000, 48pp.
Poems, some about Wellington, which were broadcast on Radio New Zealand.
VG softback with VG dust jacket.
Mallinson Rendel 1980, 22pp.
Poems by Murray Edmond, with cover design and one illustration by Philip Trusttum.
Oxford University Press1981, 48pp.
Ferguson, a shepherd, emigrated to Otago from Scotland in the 1870s and published some volumes of poetry and opened a bookshop.
Natural and Descriptive Themes
Historical and Heroic Themes
Humorous and Satirical Themes
Ballad and Lyrical Themes
Elegiac and Reflective Themes.
19th century, poetry, scots, scottish, colonial new zealand poetry
VG- mild wear, occassional faint foxing.
James Horsburgh, Dunedin 1897 first edition, vii 232pp + frontis, errata.
VG hardback in G+ foxed dust jacket with light insect damage to spine, foxed boards. $15 C/B Pegasus 1962 first edition hardcover, 43pp. [#2386 nz literature poetry ]
Posthumous collection of work by an ordained deaconess who chose a career as a librarian.
VG softback with bookplate to inside cover, gift inscription to fep.
Wynne Glassey 1984 first edition, c.60pp. [#2578]
VG softback with gift inscription to fep.
Wynne Glassey 1984 first edition, c.60pp. [#3078 ]
VG hardback with attached dust jacket as issued
Blackwood and Janet Paul, 1968 [#2583 new zealand poetry ]
Themes include Freud and Jung.
Oxford University Press 1985 First Edition, 76pp.
Born in Hawera in 1943, Dinah wrote these poems during three years living in New York.
VG softback with lightly sunned spine
Victoria University Press 1987 first edition, 50pp.
VG light rubbing to spine. $20 C/A Pegasus 1978 first edition card wrappers, 64pp. [#2420 nz literature, poetry ]
39 poems from this West Coaster, once deputy -pricipal of Hokitika High School.
THIS COPY is signed by the author to the title page.
John McIndoe 1977 FIRST EDITION, 58pp.
A volume of poetry, from a prolific if often self published amatuer writer from Christchurch New Zealand.
Signed in pencil in a shaky hand L C Lesley House ChCh
VG softback with sheets folded once and stapled through spine, printed stiff paper wrapper.
L. C. Lesley House undated about 1960? First Edition, 24pp.
Poetry, hand printed at the Nag's Head Press, 358 Memorial Ave, Christchurch by Bob Gormack.
Edition limited to 150 copies, handset in 12 point Caslon.
Dust jacket illustrated by Jennifer Rendall
limited edition, numbered edition, hand printed, private press
VG hardback in VG dust jacket with light adhesive label ghost to rear.
Nags Head Press 1995 First Edition, 57pp.
Poetry by the author of The Bone People.
verse, modern poetry
VG softback, old pen price to first page.
Victoria University Press 1985 reprint, 56pp.
A selection of poems and roadsongs on 4 folded booklets housed in a cardboard envelope. Numbered 1-8 (2 per booklet) with photographic illustrations.
VG+ pamphlets in G+ envelope with some wear and fading.
Alister Taylor 1973, 14pp x4 booklets.
Poems of the road and the countryside, of fatherhood and friendship, of pain, separation and loss.
VG softback with light wear. SIGNED BY HUNT.
Whitcoulls 1982 (second pre-publication printing), 56pp.
VG+ softback. SIGNED BY HUNT.
Whitcoulls 1982 first printing, 56pp.
G+ paperback with foxing, minor old watermark to edges of rear few pages.
Penguin 1980 first edition, 212pp.
G+ paperback, well read but not damaged.
Penguin 1984, 212pp.
This is the work of a poet who celebrates the rhythms of life and language. Always in tune with the New Zealand landscape, Jan discerns the beauty and sublimity beneath the surface of seemingly everyday moments and experiences. Christchurch poet. ISBN1877338486
VG+ signed by the author
Steele Roberts 2005, 72pp. [#2782 new zealand, poetry]
This is the work of a Christchurch poet. ISBN9781877577734
VG+ signed by the author
Steele Roberts 2012, 64pp. [#2783 new zealand, poetry]
Poems since 1973.
Cover design by Max Hailstone.
VG- stapled softback, small crease to corner of first few pages.
Cicada Press 1981 first edition, 42pp.
Three sequences of poems.
Nice book production.
new zealand, australian, poetry
VG- stapled softback, mild water mark to edge of cover.
South Head Press 1981 first edition, 36pp.
Jan Kemp is a poet and short story writer. She began writing and performing with the FREED group in the late 1960s and in the late 1970s toured New Zealand as the only woman in the ‘Gang of Four’, with Sam Hunt, Alistair Campbell and Hone Tuwhare. Known more recently for her prose readings, she has published a number of short stories in journals and anthologies. She was awarded a PEN-Stout Fellowship at Victoria University in 1991.
THIS COPY is signed by the author "Alan Cragg, warm wishes, Jan Kemp, Greymouth July 79".
VG softback with sunned spine
Hampson Hunt 1979 FIRST EDITION, 28pp
VG softback with sun faded spine.
Heinemann 1985 first edition, 50pp.
VG- authors gift inscription to half title, owners name as well, $20 C/A Hard Echo Press 1984 first edition, stapled sheets in card wrappers, approx 40pp. Hand set and printed with brown ink on tan paper stock. [#2419 nz literature, poetry ]
VG stapled wrappers, Signed by author to title page.
Brookfield Press 1982 first edition, 32pp
Born in the Rakaia Gorge and educated in Christchurch, Jessie Mackay has been described as ‘the first poet of any importance to be born in New Zealand’
VG soft cover with yapped edges
Simpson & Williams 48pp.
Definitive collection of Mason's (1905-1971) poetry, with an introduction by Allen Curnow.
Pegasus 1975, 113pp
Collects about 20 poems each from Ruth Dallas, Hone Tuwhare, Alistair Campbell, James K Baxter, Janet Frame, Kevin Ireland, Fleur Adcock, Albert Wendt, Bill Manhire, Sam Hunt.
VG hardback in VG dust jacket with mninor repaired tear to top edge.
Longman Paul 1974 first edition, 227pp.
Poems by Cilla McQueen.
VG- softback with sunned spine and spine half of wrappers
John McIndoe 1984 first edition, 48pp.
John McIndoe 1984 first edition, 48pp.
Raymond Mehlhopt, Scarborough Beach, Sumner,1983 photographic card wrappers, 58pp letterpress. [#2574 new zealand poetry ]
VG paper wrapper
$10 B/ A
Privately published 1976 paper wrappers, 20pp. [#2573 new zealand poetry ]
Poems; with prints by John Drawbridge.
VG soft cover with light handling soiling to wrappers.
Oxford University Press 1980 first edition, 44pp + plates
Oxford University Press 1982 first edition, 63pp+ plates.
Uncommon booklet being a poem about the Moa.
THIS COPY signed by authors to title page 'To Mr and Mrs Sherrard from Kaikoura, Elsie and C.O.P. 1930"
Good softback in paper wrappers with some soiling, some minor dye offset to first and last pages.
Whitcombe and Tombs (1930), 20pp.
VG+ softback PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
Island Press, 1996, 78 pages. ISBN0909771588 [#2591 new zealand poetry ]
G+ hardback with cloth boards and buckram spine, sunned board edges, light foxing, inscription to fep.
Hutchinson 1937 third printing, 128pp. [#2412 nz literature, poetry ]
VG softback with remains of price label to rear cover
Broadleaf Books 1992 first edition wrappers, 24pp. [#2571 new zealand poetry ]
VG soft back signed(?) with author's name at foot of half title.
Whitcombe and Tombs 1969 first edition wrappers, 40pp. [#2570 new zealand poetry otago ]
A collection of poems by Smither.
Auckland University Press 2000 reprint, 60pp
Auckland University Press 1999 first edition, 60pp
A book of New Zealand poetry. ISBN9781869403942
Auckland University Press 2007, 64pp. [#2774 new zealand poetry ]
Auckland University Press 1978, 82pp
Collection of poems by Christchurch born author.
Pegasus Press 1973 first edition, 59pp.
C K Stead's second collection of poetry.
VG softback with attached dust jacket
Auckland University Press 1974 first edition, 72 pages
Poetry by C K Stead. includes translations from Japanese poetry.
The First Edition
VG+ softback with dust jacket
The Shed 1979 first edition, 59pp.
Collected Poems 1973-2018, and related prose.
Denys has worked as a poet, biographer, essayist, editor and environmentalist.
Published in France, Germany, the UK, India, Australia and the USA.
In New Zealand he won the PEN Best First Book of Prose Award (1985) and was short-listed in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 1999 for the poetry book,Walking Into The Millennium.
new zealand literature, verse, poetry
VG+ hardback in VG+ dust jacket.
Brick Row Publishing Company 2019 First Edition, x 784pp.
Hone Tuwhare's first book of poetry, a scarce title in the first reprint after the 1963 first edition. Sewn binding in plain card covers with the dust jacket glued along the spine as issued.
Jacket by Warwick Bradshaw.
VG softback in G price clipped dust jacket which has some insect damage to part of the title, the spine has lost some surface paper losing most of the text, faint watermark along the spine edge of the rear cover, small biro name to first page
Blackwood and Janet Paul 1965 second printing after 1963 first edition. 42pp
16 poems by Hone Tuwhare, written while he was the Centennial Burns Fellow at the University of Otago.
VG+ softback in VG+ dust jacket, small area surface scuffed to first page.
Caveman Press 1973 second edition (after 1970), 24pp.
Collected Poems with an introduction by Frank Stewart.
VG softback with minor lifting of publisher applied lamination
University of Hawaii Press 1994 first US issue, 200pp.
Issued when Tuwhare was the Te Mata Estate Poet Laureate. Frontispiece by Ralph Hotere
VG hardback in VG dust jacket
Godwit 2001, 78pp. First edition limited to 2000 numbered copies.
This selection from the author's previous volumes - No Ordinary Sun, Come Rain Hail, Sap-wood & Milk, Something Nothing, and Making a Fist of It - makes an ideal introduction to much of the best work of one of New Zealand's most popular poets. Some of the poems have been revised or altered for this volume.
G+ softback with some light rubbing to covers, small watermark to front cover and a gift inscription to the first (half-title) page.
John McIndoe 1982 second printing (after 1980), 54pp.
VG- softback with light wear, name to first page.
Oxenhall, Christchurch 1978 first edition, 53pp. [#2411]
VG- softback with light wear, minor soiling to cover
Oxenhall, Christchurch 1978 first edition, 53pp. [#2567]
VG softback with lightly sunned spine
$25 B/ letter rate
Griffin Press Christchurch 1982 first edition wrappers, 36pp. ISBN0959765301 [#2566 new zealand poetry ]
VG softback in VG dust jacket
Dunedin Public Library 1979 first edition wrappers, 79pp. [#2565 new zealand poetry ]
Poetry collection by a middle aged Australian woman living on her own, pondering life.
Original New Zealand printing.
women's literature, poet, poets
VG hardback in VG dust jacket lightly rubbed to dust jacket edges.
Caveman Press 1976 First Edition, 71pp.