The Ferns of New Zealand and Its Immediate Dependencies, with Directions for the Collection and Cultivation.FIELD, Henry Claylands pp. 164. 29 lithographed plates. Original green cloth, gilt. A good copy with clean plates in the deluxe binding with gilt vignette of ferns.
Denis Glover Letter to Dick Reynolds of Smith's bookshop, Mercer St., Wellington. Reynolds was the notable bookseller who ran Smith's bookshop in Wellington from 1959. Hand-written letter on 2 sheets in thick pencil. Undated. Dear Dick, - Going through a box I found these Caxton duplicates and some of them are of goodly vintage. Mad collectors may well have them, but I have a fair idea of what I won't sell them under. They're not bulky enough to be a nuisance back in the box. Anyway I have to repair to the city before 12.30 today, & suggest you ring me before then. Cheers, D. Glover, 42-249.Interesting piece of NZA literary history. Glover started the Caxton Press
Brue, Adrien Herbert Large hand-coloured map of South-east Asia, the China coast, Japan, the west coast of North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. The map has a dedication to the Comte d'Artois. New Zealand is labelled 'Fabieno-Mauwe' (North Isl.) and Tauai-Poenammoo' (South Isl.). One of a series by the famed cartographer Adrien-Herbert Brue, published in the same year as Flinder's publication of his circumnavigation of Australia. A fine very detailed map.
Trevor Lloyd Letter on two separate sheets, handwritten in black ink, dated Herald Office June 29, 1934. "Greetings o Mighty Chief.I hope this is not too late and you are on your way back.I've added such a lot of things to my collection since you left. The last is a big fishhook in greenstone six and a half inches long - it belonged to Baron de Thierry at one time. The Maori gave it to him for some good turn that he did them. We were out on the West Coast last Sunday to have a look at the old pa (Kare Kare). What do you think! Some fool of a fellow is cutting down two big trees that are growing on it. Trying to farm it if you please. Making two blades of grass grow where none will grow. We are trying have him stopped before he does any more harm.Wishing you the best of good luck. Kia ora koe. E noho ra! Trevor Lloyd. The letter is illustrated with drawings of a tiki, parrot, the fishhook and a dead pukeko. Trevor Lloyd (1863-1937 )was the well-known artist, cartoonist and illustrator, working for the NZ Herald among other publications. Hilda Wiseman (1894-1982) was a fine artist, bookplate designer and calligrapher, particular active in the 1920s and 30s. Unique letter from the 1930s.
Harry Rountree Original black and white pen and ink sketch of three moa on the edge of a cliff with a small Maori boy stealing an egg. A rare original, signed sketch by Harry Rountree the well know Auckland-born artist and illustrator. This comic sketch was drawn for Pat Lawlor's 'The Artist's Annual' of 1928, described in an ink note on the back. Rountree (1878-1950) moved to England in 1901 but kept his New Zealand connections. 32 x 25 cm mounted in a glazed frame 48 x 38 cm. A rare, original piece.
Bartlett Large photograph of a Wanganui coal mine c. 1860s, from the studio of Bartlett & Co, Auckland. The image shows a coal wagon being pulled on a track by horses, tents and buildings, cleared bush, in all a striking image of a colonial coal mining settlement at work. The title and photographer's name are hand-written on the mount under the photograph. The image is 29 x 24.5 cm mounted on card 57 x 45 cm. A particularly scarce and fine, detailed photograph of historical interest.
Anthony Raine Barker Proof copy of an etching of a scene of windmills at the water's edge, Holland. The image shows a large windmill with surrounding buildings, other windmills at a distance, on what appears to be a coastal or canal prospect. Barker (1880-1963) was a water colourist lithographer, etcher and engraver of the English school of the early-mid 20th C. 34 x 23 cm mounted in a glazed frame, the glass a little dusty, 47 x 38 cm.
Samuel and Nathaniel Buck Large, panoramic engraving of a view of the City of Carlisle, from a series of scenes of towns of England and Wales published by the brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck, from 1728 through to 1753.The engraving shows men and women in typical 18th C dress walking and socialising in the foreground, with the city behind its significant walls across the river Caldew. The text beneath the image provides a numbered key to the main features, starting from the hills of Scotland in the background, and a description of the city and its history up until this publication in 1745. 90 x 33 cm.
Bruyn, Cornelius van A large folding copper engraving of three images of the Nile. The two upper engravings show boats on the river with villages on the far shore. The lower image shows the river with the city of Mansoura on the shore. These detailed and evocative engravings, are from the publication of Cornelius van Bruyn, the 17th C painter who travelled through the Levant and to Constantinople between 1677 and 1685. 42x 32.5 cm. These large and very handsome engraving is in excellent condition and quite unique in its historical interest.
Bruyn, Cornelius van A large folding copper engraving of Alexandria. The engraving shows travellers in front of ruins and the city in a wide landscape. This detailed and evocative engraving, is from the publication of Cornelius van Bruyn, the 17th C painter who travelled through the Levant and to Constantinople between 1677 and 1685. 65.5 x 32.5 cm. These large and very handsome engraving is in excellent condition and quite unique in its historical interest.
Bruyn, Cornelius van A folding copper engraving with two images of Cairo. The upper image shows boats on the Nile in the foreground with the city on the shore, spiked with minarets. The lower one shows an oasis with donkeys and horses in the foreground and surrounding palms and minarets. These engravings, with wonderful detail, are from the publication of Cornelius van Bruyn, the 17th C painter who travelled through the Levant and to Constantinople between 1677 and 1685. 65.5 x 32.5 cm. These large and very handsome engravings are in excellent condition and quite unique in their historical interest.
Napier, General Sir Charles Signature of Charles Napier, on slip: ‘Edinburgh December one 1829, Francis Carmichael Esq, Dr Maya’s, Cheam. Napier’. General Sir Charles James Napier, (1782-1853) served in the Napoleonic wars and was later Major General of the Bombay Army, Governor-General of Sindh, and eventually, in 1849, Commander-in-Chief in India, returning to England in 1851 and dying there 2 years later. The New Zealand city of Napier is named after him. 11 x 7 cm.
Brougham, Lord Signature of Lord Brougham, on slip: ‘London June Sixteen 1830, Lady Moore, Brook Farm, Cobham, Surrey. Brougham’. Includes a postmark dated 16 June 1830. Henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux (1778-1868) was the liberal and reformist politician who became Lord Chancellor in 1830, playing a significant role in passing the Reform Act, and in the abolition of slavery. Lady Moore was the wife of Admiral Sir Graham Moore who served in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, eventually retiring to Brook Farm in Surrey. 11.5 x 7 cm.
Lord Auckland Signature of Lord Auckland, on slip: ‘London June fourteen 1830, Lady Moore, Brook Farm, Cobham, Surrey, Auckland’. Includes a postmark dated 14 June 1830. George Eden, 1st Earl of Auckland (1784-1849) was a Whig politician, three times First Lord of the Admiralty, and Governor-General of India 1836-1842, overseeing the disastrous Afghan Campaign. In 1830, Auckland was president of the Board of Trade in the Grey administration. The city and province of Auckland, and Mt Eden in Auckland, were named after him by Governor Hobson, who received an early commission from him to serve in the West Indies. Lady Moore was the wife of Admiral Sir Graham Moore who served in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, eventually retiring to Brook Farm in Surrey. 11.5 x 7 cm.
Lord Gambier Signature of Lord Gambier, on slip: ‘Uxbridge twenty-five April 1832, The Revd F Cunningham, Vicarage, Lowestoft. Gambier’. Includes a clear red postmark dated 25 April 1832. Lord Gambier (1756-1833) served in the Royal Navy, first becoming a captain in 1778, was active through the Napoleonic Wars, Commander-in-Chief of the fleet that won at Copenhagen in 1807, and promoted to Admiral in 1830, the date of this signature. He died two years later. The addressee, the Rev. Francis Cunningham (1785-1863,) was vicar of Lowestoft in Suffolk for some 45 years. 11 x 76 cm.
William, Earl Nelson & Duke of Bronte Signature of William Nelson, 1st Earl Nelson and Duke of Bronte: ‘London July twenty first 1832, Miss Gervaise, Cecil, Aughnocloy, Ireland. Nelson & Bronte.’ Includes a postmark “Free, 21 JY 21 1832” William Nelson was the elder brother and heir of Lord Horatio Nelson, who had inherited the title of Duke of Bronte from his brother. Horatio Nelson was granted the Sicilian Dukedom by King Ferdinand II of Sicily in gratitude for having saving the kingdom from Napolean. His brother William, apart from inheriting the Dukedom was himself created Earl Nelson in recognition of Horatio’s achievements. Cecil, Auchnocloy was the seat of the Rev Francis Gervaise, and the addressee is presumably a member of that family. 11.5 x 7.5 cm.
Lyster, Balfe Four libretti for operas performed in Melbourne in the 1880s. Printed covers, one with some staining. Three were published by Lyster's or Lyster and Smith's Opera Company, for performances of Rossini's Barber of Seville, Gounod's Faust, and Verdi's La Traviata. The fourth was for Balfe's Satanella, performed by Martin Simonsen's English and Italian Opera Company. Rare programmes from opera in Melbourne in the 1880s.
MAIR, Gilbert pp.viii,120, Frontispiece Illustrations. Stories of the Hauhau campaigns, Maori legends associated with the thermal regions and the Bay of Plenty, etc. and English visitors to these area. Original green decorated cloth. Minor discolouration of extremities. A very good copy of this rare first edition.
Brett, Sir Henry, Hook, Henry pp. 436, frontispiece and numerous photographs of the pioneering days in the Kaipara. Original red illustrated cloth. Pasted in cutting dated 1862 recording the ship the Matilda Wattenbach arriving in Albertland 8 September 1862. This was one of the first two ships bringinf Albertland settlers to New Zealand. The hand-written note records the passengers C & G Plummer, and there is a signature of C B Plummer, 1927, on the front end paper. A very good copy of a rare book, of great historical interest, about this settlement scheme, and previously owned by a descendent of one of the first settlers.
A collection of 5 Opera lilbretti for performances of "HMS Pinafore", "Maritanas", "Manola", "Boccaccio", "Un Ballo in Maschero", in Auckland in the 1870s and 1880s. Each libretto has 20-30 pages, printed covers and some include the cast and a synopsis of the opera in addition to the libretto.The operas were put on by various visiting opera companies such as the Royal Italian Opera Company, Dunning's Opera Company, etc. These are full libretti of the operas printed for audiences to follow the performance. These rare programmes provide a fascinating glimpse of the musical scene in 19th C Auckland. Extremely rare