A comprehensive record of New Zealand writing in accessible form. Contains more than 1500 alphabetically arranged entries on writers, novels, plays, poetry, journals, periodicals, anthologies, literary movements and professional organisations. The companion is the culmination of more than five years meticulous preparation.
Oxford University Press, 1998. Hardback with dust jacket. 608 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of essays on New Zealand's linguistic landscape presenting an overview and including te reo Maori and increasingly distinctive New Zealand English, as well as immigrant languages.
Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2005. Softback. 376 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of essays and verses by the literary establisment of the day together with a list of New Zealand authors and their works. At the rear of the publication is an interesting essay on NZ bookplates with 7 actual examples pasted in (sadly one is missing).
NZ Author's Week Committee, Wellington, 1936. Thin card cover. 117 pages, tipped in book plates. SECONDHAND
Trollope, popular Victorian novelist, creator of Barsetshire folk, here tells the story of his travells through New Zealand, he and Mrs Trollope arrived at Bluff and left Auckland two months earlier. No. 577 of an edition of 1500, signed by A.H. Reed.
A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1969. Hardback with dust jacket. SECONDHAND
An extensive biographical and literary memoir of Butler written by his friend Festing Jones after the writer's death in 1902. Illustrated with photogravure.
Macmillan and Co. Ltd., London, 1919. Hardback volumes, no dust jackets. Vol. I 448 pages, Vol. II 531 pages. SECONDHAND
A romantic historical novel set in the early days of European settlement and tumultuous relations between Maori and pakeha. An early classic of New Zealand literature. First published in 1914. Slight chips to dust jacket.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1957. Hardback with dust jacket. 400 pages. SECONDHAND
The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine Mansfield. ‘Innovative, startlingly perceptive and aglow with colour, these fifteen short stories were written towards the end of Katherine Mansfield’s tragically short life’.
Penguin Classics, Auckland. Paperback. 159 pages. NEW
Katherine Mansfield, The Collected Stories, with an introduction by Ali Smith.
Penguin Classics, Auckland. Paperback. 779 pages. NEW
Christchurch literary figure Denis Glover founded the Caxton Press. During the Second World War he was a naval officer who was present at the D-Day landings in France in 1944. This is his personal impression of the invasion of France. An interesting example of the New Zealand 'private press' genre.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1944. Card covers. 16 pages. SECONDHAND
Widely regarded as one of New Zealand's best writers this is her second novel, a partly autobiographical account of a girl's life in a mental hospital. A fine copy in a very fine dust jacket. Small piece of front free end paper cut away. FIRST EDITION.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1961. Hardback with dust jacket. 219 pages. SECONDHAND
Novel. FIRST EDITION. Printed in London. Slight chips to dust jacket otherwise fine.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 192 pages. SECONDHAND
Novel. FIRST EDITION. Slight chips to dust jacket, otherwise fine.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 270 pages. SECONDHAND
A rich and dramatic story of men seen against a large landscape. A novel of New Zealand with a powerful sense of place. First edition in this complete form.
Hodder and Stoughton Ltd., Auckland, 1972. Hardback with dust jacket. 636 pages. SECONDHAND
First novel of Shadbolt's well known and highly regarded trilogy set in the turbulance of the New Zealand land wars of the 1860s. Slight sunning to spine. FIRST EDITION
Hodder and Stoughton, Auckland, 1986. Hardback with dust jacket. 384 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of poems by Arnold Wall with decorative illustrations by Valerie Gould. Number 23 of a limited edition of 150, this copy signed by both author and illustrator.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1937. Hardback with dust jacket. 10 decorated pages. SECONDHAND
A Voice for the Mintour, Selected poems by Maurice Duggan. Printed for the Holloway Press by Tara McLeod, this is number 78 of a limited edition of 150 copies. Includes a photograph opposite title page of Duggan by Marti Friedlander.
Holloway Press. Hardback. 51 Pages. SECONDHAND
Poet and writer Lauris Edmond died in 2000. This definitive edition of Edmond's poetry is introduced by her fellow poet and critic K.O. Arvidson.
Bridgit Williams. Softback. 198 Pages. SECONDHAND
This volume brings together 144 of the finest poems from the poets long career and includes poems from the ten collections published during his long career from 1964 onwards.
Godwit Press Ltd., Auckland, 1993. Softback. 200 pages. SECONDHAND
Former M.P. MariIyn Waring is an erudite writer and professor of politics. 'Lifetime of a Goat' contains the best of her Listener columns along with new work.
Bridget Williams. Softback. 158 Pages. SECONDHAND
In 1850, scandal, desperation and ambition create an upheval in the lives of many English people. They are encouraged to leave England and seek a new life in a place called New Zealand. On arrival in the new colony, old habits die hard. In the mad scramble for fame and fortune, huge risks are taken, morals are compromised and those in authority hoodwinked. Wool becomes king and the new rich build their opulent mansions. The foundations of a nation are laid and the resilient and triumphant character of its people evolves. A inspiring human drama set amid the birth of a great nation.
McDonnell Publishing Co., Christchurch, 2011. Popular fiction. Softback. 398 pages. NEW.
An interesting book by a well known New Zealand author and bibliophile. The book itself is a self conscious attemp to imitate private press publications of the time and is a fine production with uncut fore edge. Published 1936.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 118 pages. SECONDHAND.
One hundred items from the library collection are illustrated, giving a facinating glimpse into the rare, valuable and amazing items housed there. The collection of Sir George Grey was the foundation of the library in 1887.
Auckland University Press, 2007. Softback. 232 pages. NEW
Published to mark the Hocken Collections' deed of trust, this book documents 200 items, illustrative of New Zealand and New Zealanders over three centuries.
Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2007. Hardback with dust jacket. 240 pages. AS NEW
Presents reflections on some of the distinctive and exceptional items in the care of the University, offering insights into the minds of kings, intellectuals, musicians, artists and explorers.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2011. Softback. 256 pages. NEW
Delves into the treasures of the New Zealand archives to tell a very human story of love, death, war, immigration, disaster, protest, defiance, censorship and hokey pokey. Illustrated.
Random House NZ Ltd., Auckland, 2012. Softback. 383 pages. NEW
A selection of standout book cover art that offers the work of 36 artists, designers and illustrators who have collectively established a distinctive graphic design tradition in NZ books.
Godwit Random House NZ, Auckland, 2007. Softback. 176 pages. NEW
The first biography of the Triad's founder and editor. Notoriously outspoken, he was feared and respected as a critic, his music criticism was particularly intelligent. An engaging portrait of a facinating man and his interesting magazine.
Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2008. Softback. 247 pages. NEW
For much of the twentieth century New Zealand Truth was the tough, vulgar tabloid newspaper that tapped the pulse of Kiwi populism. By the mid 1960's the 'peoples paper' claimed an astonnishing one million readers a week. This book tells how Truth revolutionised the local newspaper industry by introducing a 'new journalism' in 1905, which aimed a core diet of sex, crime, radical politics and random muck-raking directly at the masses. The scandal ridden history of Truth has never been told before.
Craig Potton Publishing. Softback. 204 Pages. NEW.
This is a survey and history of women in New Zealand journalism from the 1860s to the 1940s who took up their pens as freelance writers, jobbing journalists and occasional editors.
Frazer Books, Masterton, 2009. Softback. 237 pages. NEW
Highlights an important aspect of the life of books in the context of the ongoing debate about their future, how they have been altered an annotated by their users and develop their own individual histories. First published in 2008, this is a revised edition.
The British Library, London, 2012. Softback. 208 pages. NEW
This is an original, authoritative and thought provoking history of the world's most popular book, from illuminated manuscripts to the development of the bible publidhing industry and missionary bibles. Superb history of the book.
Phaidon Press Ltd., London, 2001. Hardback with dust jacket. 352 pages. NEW
Renaissance classic in an unexpurgated translation by Richard Aldington in two volumes, each containing fifty stories and ten aquatints by New Zealand artist J. Buckland-Wright. Chips and shot tears to dust jackets.
Folio Society, London, 1954. Hardbacks with dust jackets. TWO VOLS. 393 and 323 pages. SECONDHAND