Unreliable reminiscences of the Pegasus Press 1947-1987. Along with Caxton, the Pegasus Press was a stalwart of New Zealand literature publishing, as well as supporting a wide range of local interest non-fiction. A limited edition of 250 numbered copies, this copy signed by Low in calligraphic felt pen.
The Little Bull Press, Christchurch, 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. 92 pages. SECONDHAND
Poems 1947-49. Numbered first edition limited to 300 copies. Untrimmed pages of hand made paper. Marbled boards with cloth spine.
The Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1950. Hardback with no dust jacket. 42 pages. SECONDHAND
A sequence of poems on the theme of Banks Peninsula, Canterbury. First edition.
Pegasus Press Ltd., Christchurch, 1979. Hardback with dust jacket. 56 pages. SECONDHAND
This play is a satirical comedy in three acts, set in a lawyer's practice. A very tidy Pegasus Press printing. Also with the original 8 page programme, also published by Pegasus in 1952.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1952. Card boards with dust wrapper glued at spine. 88 pages. SECONDHAND
Verse from a journalist and one of the co-authors of Kiwi Down the Strada. Drawings in line by Peter McIntyre. THIS COPY is a very tidy example.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1978. Hardback with dust jacket. 112 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of twenty seven new poems from wartime Christchurch.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1941. Hardback with dust jacket. 39 pages. SECONDHAND
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.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1944. Card covers. 16 pages. SECONDHAND
A talk on New Zealand poetry, given by Baxter at the New Zealand Writers Conference 1951. Rusted staples otherwise tidy.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1951. Softback. 20 pages. SECONDHAND
A selection of verse by Allen Curnow from his weekly offerings in the 'Press' and the 'NZ Listner' over a period of two years.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1942. Card covers. 42 pages. SECONDHAND
Jingoistic satirical verse, referring to the Axis and Franco. Also verses on domestic topics.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, (1940). Softback. 91 pages. SECONDHAND
Melancholy short stories, written and about love and loss. Printed during the war years. Includes one page Caxton catalogue at rear.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1942. Softback. 101 pages. SECONDHAND
Epic poetry concerning a six month voyage from south to north and an 'imaginary' voyage alongside it.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1956. Hardback with dust jacket. 63 pages. SECONDHAND
Limited edition of 275 copies on hand made paper. One full page illustration, plus decorations throughout by Bensemann.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1952. Hardback with no dust jacket. 39 pages. SECONDHAND
Thirteen distinctly New Zealand short stories. An early Caxton publication. Dust jacket designed by Leo Bensemann.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1948. Hardback with dust jacket. 142 pages. SECONDHAND
Twelve leaves in paper wrapper with title label to cover. Limited edition of 200 copies. Hand set and printed. First work published by Ruth Dallas, but not attributed.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1948. Softback. 24 pages. SECONDHAND
"This specimen book is an anthology of agreeable quotations just as much as a parade of printing types: technicalities have been kept for the notes. It has been designed to make good reading and at the same time to show a wide range of type faces, each in an appropriate setting".
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1948. Hardback with dust jacket. 75 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of eleven poems, 'The Rakehelly Man and Other Verses' with linocuts by Robert Brett.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1946. Card covers. 30 pages. SECONDHAND
Private press edition of Marlowe's final work. An early Caxton Press example.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1945. Softback. 36 pages. SECONDHAND
A posthumous collection of verse introduced by Eileen Duggan.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1964. Hardback with dust jacket. 56 pages. SECONDHAND
A Time for Sowing and The Cradle and the Egg. A clean and tidy first edition.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1964. Hardback with dust jacket. 120 pages. SECONDHAND
Ngaio gives her thoughts on staging theatrical productions. An early Caxton booklet.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1946. Softback. 32 pages. SECONDHAND
Poems by Hubert Witheford.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket. 56 pages. SECONDHAND
Poems on various themes including Canterbury and Christchurch in New Zealand, Cornwall, Scotland.
Mhairi Macfarlane, Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 84 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of literary and other quotes selected by the N.Z.F.U.W. Nicely printed and bound, with sewn folded sheets in plain card wrapper with the fragile paper wrapper with gilt titling in tidy condition. Frontispiece lino-cut print.
The Griffin Press for the New Zealand Federation of University Women, Auckland, 1945. Softback with dust jacket. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
An early essay by Finlayson on the relationship of people to the land in New Zealand. The rare first printing by The Griffin Press, signed by Roderick at the end of the introduction. There is a rubber date stamp to the reverse of the title page. The dust jacket is split along the spine fold.
The Griffin Press, Auckland, 1940. Softback with dust jacket. 26 pages. SECONDHAND
Ten poems from Westland. Nicely produced private press poetry. Hand printed in blue ink. An edition of 200 copies.
The Aspect Press, Titahi Bay, 1974. Softback with glassine dust jacket. 10 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of works previously published in periodicals. Outrigger Special No. 24. Private Press poetry. Printed by Attic Press, Mangere.
Outrigger Publishers, Auckland, 1979. Softback. 81 pages. SECONDHAND
New Zealand private press poetry. The cover was designed by Ralph Hotere.
Prometheus Books, Wellington, 1969. Softback. 74 pages. SECONDHAND
First printing of two plays by James K Baxter.
Capricorn Press, Hastings, 1959. Softback with dust jacket. 48 pages. SECONDHAND
A New Miscellany from the Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, containing stories, poetry, scholarship, typography, printology, art, culture (NZ) and criticism. Special Horse-followers' number.
The Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1948. Card covers. 100 pages. SECONDHAND
Diary of family life and station work kept by Mrs Caverhill in 1860. Based at Hawkswood Run near Kaikoura. Published in two volumes limited to 300 copies.
Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1981. Hardbacks with dust jackets. 90+76 pages. SECONDHAND
The author was a journalist for the Christchurch Star-Sun and she reported on the Coronation, but also she wrote personal letters home at the time and these are reprinted here in a limited edition of 150 copies, hand set.
Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1987. Hardback with dust jacket. 80 pages. SECONDHAND
Seventies avant garde literary magazine. Has a fold out rear cover, an article about the 1972 election, and advertisements for Christchurch businesses. Included is a double sided poster with artistic pin-up girls which seems to fit the "free-love"style of the magazine but may not be part of the publication. Uncommon item.
Offset House Limited, Christchurch, undated. Softback. 40 pages. SECONDHAND
Privately hand printed poetry. Written when the author was 25 years old, living off "his freelance writing, his poetry and his wife".
Hurricane House, Auckland, 1972. Hardback with dust jacket. 62 pages. SECONDHAND
A record of a journey from Christchurch, around Cape Horn to England, and return via Canada by Alice Tyree and her husband Alfred in 1905. Hand set and printed in a limited edition of 200 numbered copies. According to an article in the Akaroa Mail, this book is claimed to have taken 1000 hours over 25 years to produce! THIS COPY has a gift inscription to the free end paper.
The Arbor Press, Robinson's Bay, 1996. Hardback with no dust jacket as issued. 129 pages. SECONDHAND
Number 4 in the Poems in Pamphlet series by the Handcraft Press. Cover designed by Arthur Thompson.
Handcraft Press, Te Aro Wellington, 1955. Softback. 8pp. SECONDHAND
A scarce collection of poetry collected from The Outlook, including first publications by James K Baxter, Louis Johnson, M K Joseph, Colin Newbury and Kendrick Smithyman. Limited to 150 copies distributed privately by Bennett. THIS COPY has a slipped in note from Bennett offering this copy to 'Pat'. Name at front, chipped wrappers.
Simpson and Williams, Christchurch, 1953. Softback. 48pp. SECONDHAND
Poems by Fairburn, and Glover, with illustrations by Dennis Turner.
The Pilgrim Press, Auckland, 1958. Card covers with dust jacket. 52 pages. SECONDHAND
A significant collection of 41 of Glover's best loved poems, including 'The Magpies' and 'Sings Harry'. Printed in Baskerville types, decorative end papers.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1945. Paper covered boards, no dust jacket. 60 pages. SECONDHAND
Facsimile reprint of the scarce piece of political satire on Michael Joseph Savage by Fairburn and Bob Lowry. Originally printed in 1939 by Phillips Press.
George Fraser and Harold Innes, Auckland, 1966. Softback. 16 pages. SECONDHAND
An essay on the typographical symbol for 'and'. Hand printed and bound edition, limited to 150 numbered copies. Contains a loose printed page erratum.
Black Light Press, Wellington, 1990. Hardback with no dust jacket. 12 pages. SECONDHAND
This collection of Schroder's topical verse is taken from College Rhymes and the columns of The Sun newspaper. THIS COPY is inscribed "Shirley, from John" and has slipped in a single page poem in shaky hand, headed "Dearest Shirly, just to show that a spark still gleames." On the back of which is written "by JHES about a week before he died on 14 July 1980."
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1962. Hardback with dust jacket. 54 pages. SECONDHAND
Collection of sonnets from this American psychiatrist who was stationed in the Pacific and New Zealand during WWII. Moore was a member of The Fugitives, a group of poets and scholars at Vanderbilt University.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1956. Softback. 40 pages. SECONDHAND
Poetry by Glover, hand-printed by the Nag's Head Press in a limited edition of 300 copies. THIS COPY is one of the 50 deluxe numbered copies. Excellent condition.
The Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1970. Hardback with dust jacket. 24 pages. SECONDHAND
Selected poems 1946-54 from Oliver's submissions to periodicals. Nicely produced. THIS COPY has browned dust jacket spine.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1957. Hardback with dust jacket. 38 pages. SECONDHAND
Studies in New Zealand writing. 17 poems in which Baxter satirises fellow poets.
The Mermaid Press, Wellington, 1957. Softback. 20 pages. SECONDHAND
Hyde's first collection of poetry. Scarce first printing in fragile paper wrapper.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, (1929). Softback. 40 pages. SECONDHAND
Robin Hyde's second collection of poetry. In the MacMillan's Contemporary Poets London printing in paper wrappers. A E Caddick's name in ink at head of title page.
MacMillan and Co. Ltd., London, 1935. Softback. 64 pages. SECONDHAND
A fairytale by the Brothers Grimm printed in a limited edition of 125 copies. Quarter cloth, Abbey Mills paper.
The Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1952. Hardback with no dust jacket. 17 pages. SECONDHAND
Very early Caxton Press publication collects New Zealand verse by J.C. Beaglehole, A.R.D. Fairburn, Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, Ian Milner and Julian. An edition of only 230 copies printed. THIS COPY has A.E. Caddick's name to inside of front cover.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1936. Softback. 38 pages. SECONDHAND
An early Caxton Press publication collects New Zealand verse by J.C. Beaglehole, Allen Curnow, Basil Dowling, A.R.D. Fairburn, Denis Glover, Robin Hyde, R.A.K. Mason, Furnley Maurice, Peter Middleton, Frank Sargeson and Amen.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1937. Softback. 28 pages. SECONDHAND
Nicely printed poetry in a limited edition of 750 signed copies. Theme is mainly love and desire.
The Cats-Paw Press, Wellington, 1971. Softback with dustjacket. 61 pages. SECONDHAND
Victoria College student magazine. This issue dedicated to the literary arts with poetry, short stories and essays. Includes James K Baxter, Louis Johnson, Barry Mitcalfe. Cover engravings by E Mervyn Taylor.
The Standard Press, Wellington, 1953. Softback. 32 pages. SECONDHAND
Victoria College student magazine. This issue dedicated to the literary arts with poetry, short stories and essays. Includes James K Baxter, Louis Johnson, Barry Mitcalfe, Fleur Adcock, Alistair Campbell. The Standard Press, Wellington, 1952. Softback. 32 pages. SECONDHAND
A legend in the Maori manner, illustrated by Robert Brett. Two beloveds are stymied by a wicked uncle.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1960. Softback. 19 pages. SECONDHAND
Extracts from the working manuscript of Summer's novella of a mythologised Southland. Hand printed in a limited edition of 300 numbered and signed copies.
Pisces Print/ Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 31 pages. SECONDHAND
Reprints a collection of comic songs written and sung by the popular irish comedian and vocalist, as well as extracts from his diary about his experiences on the Australian goldfields. The Songster was originally published in 1866 in Christchurch. A hand printed limited edition of 200 numbered copies. THIS COPY is however unnumbered.
The Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1970. Hardback with dust jacket. 61 pages. SECONDHAND
Two nicely produced works of poetry printed by The Wynkyn Press. Both are saddle stitched into paper wrappers. The Jaunty Gent is limited to 50 numbered copies from 1967, Proverbial Philosophy is undated, one of 50 numbered copies. Rare private press publication from Christchurch.
The Wynkyn Press, Christchurch. Softback. 8 pages and 8 pages. SECONDHAND
Includes later poems of Robin Hyde (Iris Wilkinson) from 1935 to 1939. Nicely printed first edition. THIS COPY has minor discolouration to bottomn edge of dust jacket.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1952. Hardback with dust jacket. 163 pages. SECONDHAND
Verse in which Maui tells his whakapapa and deeds before departing the world. A hand printed limited edition of 150 copies.
The Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1966. Hardback with dust jacket. 46 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of "shaggy dog" stories, each of which is amusing because of its absurdity. They have line illustrations.
Democracy Publishing Company, Wellington, 1948. Softback. 48 pages. SECONDHAND
Selected poems nicely printed by Pegasus Press. Includes some experimental poems and light verse.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1964. Hardback with dust jacket. 79 pages. SECONDHAND
A nicely bound edition, with paper labels to cover and spine. THIS COPY has some wear and minor loss to dust jacket and is SIGNED by Taylor to the title page.
The Pelorus Press, Auckland, 1952. Hardback with dust jacket. 97 pages. SECONDHAND
Rare privately printed edition of several versions of a scarce Hyde poem, with an essay by Leggott. A limited edition of 100 copies.
The Holloway Press, Auckland, 1995. Hardback with no dust jacket. 51 pages