Illustrates the tremendous variety of New Zealand rocks, minerals and fossils and what to look for in the many areas where rock formations are prominent. Includes a geological time chart and reference maps of both islands.
Penguin NZ, Auckland, 2009. Softback. 276 pages. NEW
A brief geological history and a location guide with photographs and tips about what to look for.
Random House NZ, Auckland, 2010. Softback. 207 pages. NEW
Chronological account of the climate, geology and flora and fauna of NZ from Gondwanaland to the present. Academically referenced.
Auckland University Press, 1979. Hardback with no dust jacket. 141 pages. SECONDHAND
Investigates the turbulent tectonics of New Zealand, how science measures and tries to predict earthquakes and details many of the lesser known earthquakes. Well illustrated.
Random House NZ Ltd., Auckland, 2014. Softback. 240 pages. SECONDHAND
Geoscience as observed through the New Zealand landscape, with specific references to the Canterbury earthquakes. The geologic record, plate tectonics, minerals and water resources. This is the revised second edition. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.
Geoscience Society of New Zealand with GNS Science, Wellington, 2015. Hardback with dust jacket. 397 pages. SECONDHAND
A fine copy of an early standard work by the Professor of Geology at Otago University. With numerous illustrations. Scarce. THIS COPY lacks the folding map at the front.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1912. Hardback, no dust jacket. 218 pages. SECONDHAND
A classic text from the NZ Geological Survey, containing concise summaries of the stratigraphy, paleontology, petrology and structure of New Zealand. Two sheet geological map in pocket to rear of volume one. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations. Excellent condition.
New Zealand Geological Survey, Wellington, 1978. Two volumes, hardbacks with dust jackets. 819 pages. SECONDHAND
A survey of the economic geology of the country published for the eighth Commonwealth Mining and Metallurgical Conference held in 1965. Illustrated withdiagrams, maps and photographs. First edition.
Australiasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Melbourne, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 384 pages. SECONDHAND
Geological survey on New Zealand includes morphology, stratigraphy, geological history, orographic elements and the economic geology.
Carl Winter's Universitatsbuchhandlung, Heidelberg, 1912. Hardback with no dust jacket. 78 pages. SECONDHAND
After the acceptance of the theory of continental drift a lot of re-thinking was necessary as the theory was applied to New Zealand. This is the account of that paradigm shift in local geological science.
A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1980. Hardback with dust jacket. 442 pages. SECONDHAND
This book in the series about NZ disasters focuses on the 1931 Hawke's Bay 'quake, and follows with material on all recorded quakes up to the 1994 Arthur's Pass 'quake.
Grantham House, Wellington, 1996. Softback. 168 pages. SECONDHAND
An introduction to geomorphology, describing the natural landscape and classifying and labelling landforms. A New Zealand geological classic. Third edition, revised. THIS COPY without the dust jacket.
Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1942. Hardback, no dust jacket. 505 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of volcanoes as landscape forms, beginning with the mechanism of volcanism-types of eruption and various kinds of volcanos-and proceeding to the types of landscape that show the influence of volcanic activity.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1952. Hardback with dust jacket. 415 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of volcanoes as landscape forms, beginning with the mechanism of volcanism-types of eruption and various kinds of volcanoes, and proceeding to the types of landscape that show the influence of volcanic activity. This is a facsimile of the Whitcombe and Tombs second edition.
Hafner Publishing Company, New York, 1969. Hardback with dust jacket. 416 pages. SECONDHAND
Taylor's brilliant and evocative photographs are combined with volcanologist Cole's story of Maori legend and scientific fact to provide a facinating account of New Zealand's volcanic wonders.
Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 128 pages. SECONDHAND
Combines Maori oral tradition with geological, archaeological and anthropological evidence to describe the impact tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes had on Maori from prehistoric times to the 18th century. ‘Essential reading for anyone living within 300 metres of the shoreline’.
Auckland University Press, 2007. Softback. 298 pages. NEW
New Zealand's geothermal landscape in photographs with descriptive text. The Taupo Volcanic Zone runs from Tongariro National Park to White Island in the Bay of Plenty.
Craig Potton Publishing Ltd., Nelson, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. 137 pages. SECONDHAND
Illustrates New Zealand's development through geological time and how its distinctive geography and rich variety of unusual native plants and animals have evolved.
Science Information Publishing Centre, Wellington, 1985. 128 pages. SECONDHAND
A now classic text that describes how the Alps were formed from ancient marine sediments, how they were uplifted and how they are being eroded to produce the landscape of the South Island. Photographs and diagrams. First published in 2002.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2016. Softback. 80 pages. NEW
A good and well illustrated handbook and guide to all the semi precious gemstones of New Zealand, where to find them and how to cut and polish the stones.
A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket. 125 pages. SECONDHAND
A facsimile reproduced from the Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 1891. The techniques used by Maori, as well as the uses and lore of Pounamu.
Kiwi Publishers, Christchurch, 1998. Softback. pp479-539. NEW
Describes the use of this semi-precious stone and specifically of its place in New Zealand history and folklore. Illustrations, both drawings and photographs and maps.
Collins Bros. and Co., Auckland, 1971. Hardback with dust jacket. 109 pages. SECONDHAND
Looks at jade in all its aspects, including history and ways of working. For rockhounds, jewellers, carvers and all interested in the greenstone or pounamu of New Zealand. Photography by Brian Brake.
A.H. amd A.W. Reed Ltd., Wellington, 1984. Softback. 173 pages. SECONDHAND
An absorbing account of New Zealand pounamu or jade, its varieties and methods of working it and its location in the Westland river system. This is the hardback edition.
Jade Arts, Sydney, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 143 pages. SECONDHAND
A comprehensive guide to the agates of New Zealand, especially those of Canterbury but also including North Island and other South Island locations. Illustrated throughout with stunning colour photographs revealing the form and beauty of the agates. THIS BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.
Agate Orphanage Press, Ashburton, 2015. Hardback, no dust jacket. 342 pages. NEW
Two editions of Cockayne's Report on the Dune-Areas of New Zealand, their geology, botany and reclamation. New Zealand Department of Lands C-13 publication in the 1909 and revised 1911 printings. Foolscap in wrappers.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1909 + 1911. Softbacks. 30 + 76 pages plus plates. SECONDHAND
Eight regional studies of soil erosion in New Zealand. With photographs and folding maps and charts.
Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Council, Wellington, 1944. Hardback with dust jacket. 227 pages. SECONDHAND
DSIR illustrated report on the soils of the island with folding plate. Folding map in pocket to rear. Soil Bureau Bulletin 10. Some slight silverfish loss to title page.Scarce.
R.E. Owen, Government Printer, Wellington, 1959. Softback. 50 pages and map. SECONDHAND
Geological Survey Branch, New Series, No 56. (Reefton Sheet, S 38).
Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Wellington, 1957. Hardback. 146 pages. SECONDHAND
Maps to accompany Bulletin of New Zealand Geological Survey, 1952, New Series, No 56. (Bagnall S1877).
, Dept of Scientific and Industrial Research, 1957.
Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Wellington, 1957. Hardback, 28 cm, no text, folder of 10 folded maps. SECONDHAND
Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Geological Map 1. Scale 1:25 000. Map in pocket at rear. Of interest in regard to seismic impacts on the underlying soil types and subterranean waterways. With photos and maps and diagrams.Inst. of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Ltd., Lower Hutt, 1992. Softback. 104 pages. SECONDHAND
DSIR Soil Bureau Bulletin 35. includes the geology and geomorphology, climate, vegetation, soils and land use of the region. Loose at rear is a folding soil map and 3 sheets of an extended legend of the soil map. THIS COPY ex-library with some stamps, and plastic cover taped over the boards.
NZDSIR, Wellington, 1974. Hardback with no dust jacket. 36 pages. SECONDHAND
An overview of the geology and soil erosion of the high country east of the Alps. DSIR Bulletin No. 92. Soil Survey Publication No. 10. With 3 folding maps in pocket at rear. THIS COPY has a tear at the rear wrapper due to the weight of the maps.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1945. Softback. 72 pages. SECONDHAND
NZ Geological Survey. Bulletin No. 64. Plates. Maps in pocket at rear.
Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Wellington, 1963. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 46 pages. SECONDHAND
National Parks Scientific Series Number 7. Stratigraphy and fossils of the Torlesse Supergroup, Structural Development of Arthur's Pass National Park including the Alpine Fault. Material on glaciations and earthquake and rainfall hazards in the region.
Department of Conservation, Wellington, 1987. Softback. 71 pages. Folding map at rear. SECONDHAND
Accretion, allochthons and arcs at the edge of the New Zealand micro-continent. Collected articles being RSNZ Bulletin 26.
The Royal Society of New Zealand, Wellington, 1989. Softback. 235 pages. SECONDHAND
A symposium to mark the centenary of the Golden Decade of the 1860s in Central Otago. 11 essays on the natural environment and human development of these resources.
New Zealand Geographical Society, Christchurch, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 195 pages. SECONDHAND
Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Geological Map 21. Scale 1:250 000. Map in pocket at rear.Inst. of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Ltd., Wellington, 1996. Softback. 52 pages. SECONDHAND
Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Geological Map 9. Sheets H45BD & part I45. Scale 1:50 000. Map in pocket at rear.
Inst. of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Ltd., Wellington, 1994. Softback. 32 pages. SECONDHAND
Geomorphology and stratigraphy of the Aoraki / Mount Cook area. Includes geological resources and hazards. Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Geological Map 15. Scale 1:250 000. Map in pocket at rear.Inst. of Geological & Nuclear Sciences Ltd., Wellington, 2007. Softback. 71 pages. SECONDHAND
Memoir No. 5, Geological Memoirs, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. 17 plates, figures in the text and 3 folding maps.
E.V. Paul, Government Printer, Wellington, 1940. Softback. 90 pages. SECONDHAND
Soil Bureau Bulletin 24, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research. Text, illustrations and 2 soil maps in pocket to rear.
R.E. Owen, Government Printer, Wellington, 1964. Softback. 90 pages. SECONDHAND
New Zealand Soil Bureau Bulletin 23. An assessment of the southern part of the plain and its suitability for irrigation. Folding maps in pocket at rear.
Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Wellington, 1966. Softback. 68 pages. SECONDHAND
NZ Geological Survey. Bulletin No. 48 (2nd edition). Plates. Map in pocket at rear.
Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research, Wellington, 1955. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 46 pages. SECONDHAND
Environmental historian David Young investigates the history, ecology, hydrology and quality of eleven major New Zealand rivers. Their place in local culture, recreation and industry.
Random House New Zealand, Auckland, 2013. Hardback with no dust jacket. 319 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of the long campaign against overgrazing and forest destruction to prevent disastrous soil erosion to the country's farmland. Signed by the author.
A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1973. Hardback with dust jacket. 274 pages. SECONDHAND
Hochstetter came to New Zealand as the geologist on the Austrian 'Novara' expedition. Joined by Haast he ventured into the central north island and the rugged Nelson back country. The journeys resulted in great narratives of colonial exploration and brought forth many scientific discoveries. This text draws on hitherto unpublished material held in private European archives.
Nikau Press, Nelson, 2011. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 336 pages. NEW
Biographical study of the foremost scientist in 19th century New Zealand. Among other achievements he introduced conifers and was first to describe the Hector's dolphin.
Geoscience Society of New Zealand, Lower Hutt, 2015. Softback. 264 pages. NEW
A biographical study of the most influential New Zealand geologist of the 20th century. Wellman recognised the Alpine Fault and spent a lifetime in geological research.
Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2005. Softback. 272 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of surveying in New Zealand and the centennial history of the New Zealand Institute of Surveyors , compiled over a period of nearly 40 years. Thorough and detailed.
New Zealand Institute of Surveyors, Dunedin, 1989. Hardback. 707 pages. SECONDHAND
The life of the nineteenth century surveyor pictured in his art and writings. An interesting account of the exploration and settlement of New Zealand.
Highgate/ Price Milburn Ltd., Petone, 1988. Hardback with dust jacket. 175 pages. SECONDHAND
Rochfort worked as a Government Surveyor, and in the 1860s made important surveys of Westland, Nelson and Canterbury. He discovered the Amuri Pass. This is a facsimile of the very scarce book he wrote after his first year surveying in the North Island, which paid so poorly he was forced to the Victorian gold diggings in 1852.
Capper Press, Christchurch, 1974. Hardback with dust jacket. 73 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of one hundred years of goldmining in New Zealand, from the first rushes to the last days of the dredges. Commissioned to mark the centenary of the discovery of Gabriel's Gully, the Mines Department placed on record the development of a vital industry.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 309 pages. SECONDHAND
Comprehensive account of all metalliferous and mineral resources in New Zealand and of their economic exploitation. Includes gold, coal, iron sand, copper and petroleum. Numerous interesting photographs. Two folding maps in colour. First published in 1906 for the New Zealand International Exhibition, Christchurch, 1906-07, this is a facsimile reprint.Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 2018. Softback. 590 pages. NEW
A reference work on the NZ mining industry with a selection of relevant essays and particulars of over 200 companies, their operations, dividends and share prices, advertising. Scarce.
J.A. Blyth, Christchurch, 1935. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 108 pages. SECONDHAND
Selected papers from the proceedings of the Goldfields seminar held in Cromwell. Historic places relating to goldmining and the archeology and preservation of these sites.
NZ Historic Places Trust Publication No14, Wellington, 1981. Softback. Approx 200 pages. SECONDHAND.
Includes Statement of the Minister of Mines, Report on the Goldfields, Report on Coalmines, State Coalmines. With folding maps, and photographs. Large format.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1906. Cloth Hardback with no dust jacket. Unpaginated, approx. 200 pages. SECONDHAND
Includes Statement of the Minister of Mines, plus statistics on mines, quarries, water-races, schools of mines, geological surveys etc. With folding maps, and photographs. Large format.Government Printer, Wellington, 1913. Cloth Hardback with no dust jacket. Unpaginated, approx. 200 pages. SECONDHAND
Including Reports Relating to Metalliferous Mines and Stone Quarries, State Aid to Mining, Roads on Goldfields, Prospecting Drills, Water-Races etc. for the Year 1912. THIS COPY has some damp to rear board (see scan) and mining damp soiling to the backs of some of the folding maps at the rear. Folding map of North Island has a short tear with sellotape repair (minor).
Government Printer, Wellington, 1913. Hardback with no dust jacket. Various pagination. SECONDHAND
A geographic survey of weather and climatology in New Zealand. With statistics and diagrams.
Edward Arnold, London, 1958. Hardback with dust jacket. 191 pages. SECONDHAND
Prospecting, surveying and extraction of precious minerals, including mine architecture and construction. 171 engravings. THIS COPY has stamp 'J. W. WHITE, OMARUNUI, NAPIER, H. B.'
Henry Carey Baird & Co., Philadelphia, 1888. Cloth hardback with no jacket. 367 pages. SECONDHAND
General report of a study trip to the French Alps in 1952. Papers in French ( a few English) on alpine geography and flood and avalanche control measures. Photo plates and folding diagrams.
Ecole Nationale des Eaux et Forets, Nancy, 1953. Softback. 373 pages. SECONDHAND