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PRINTING BY THE AVON
Peter Low with drawings by Robert Brett.
ISBN0473028220
$125.00

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


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MINE EYES DAZZLE
Alistair Campbell
61026014
$75.00

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


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TOWARDS BANKS PENINSULA
Denis Glover
ISBN0908568088
$37.50

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


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THAT MAN HARLINGTON
Claude Evans
61022041
$42.50

This play is a satirical comedy in three acts, set in a lawyer's practice. A very tidy Pegasus Press printing.

Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1952. Card boards with dust wrapper glued at spine. 88 pages. SECONDHAND


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HILLS OF LIFE AND OTHER VERSES
George Kaye with drawings by Peter McIntyre
610220421
$32.50

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


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A DAY'S JOURNEY
Basil Dowling
310221134
$60.00

A collection of twenty seven new poems from wartime Christchurch.

The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1941. Hardback with dust jacket. 39 pages. SECONDHAND


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D DAY
Denis Glover
210240521
$50.00

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


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THE OCTOPUS AND FIVE OTHER POEMS
David Hall
610260813
$65.00

An early poetry publication by the fledgling Caxton Press, which was established only four years earlier. Folded and sewn sheets in stiff paper covers. 

The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1936. Softback. 16 pages. SECONDHAND


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RECENT TRENDS IN NEW ZEALAND POETRY
James K Baxter
61026016
$45.00

A talk on New Zealand poetry, given by Baxter at the New Zealand Writers Conference 1951. 

The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1951. Softback. 20 pages. SECONDHAND


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BEYOND THE PALISADE
James K Baxter
710210131
$275.00

The first publication of the author's work and containing 34 poems. Slight foxing throughout. Very scarce.

Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1944. Hardback, no dust jacket. 40 pages. SECONDHAND


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VERSES BY WHIM WHAM 1941-1942
Allen Curnow, pseud
210290622
$45.00

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


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A PRESENT FOR HITLER AND OTHER VERSES
Whim Wham aka Allen Curnow with drawings by Mayo
610230812
$42.50

Jingoistic satirical verse, referring to the Axis and Franco. Also verses on domestic topics.

Caxton Press, Christchurch, (1940). Softback. 91 pages. SECONDHAND


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FREE TO LAUGH AND DANCE
G R Gilbert
610260811
$37.50

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


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THE VOYAGE OF THE HURUNUI
W. D'Arcy Cresswell
210230723
$95.00

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


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THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, illustrated by Leo Bensemann
610280612
$175.00

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


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THE BIG GAME AND OTHER STORIES
A P Gaskell
610260923
$47.50

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


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THE DEMON LOVER A BALLAD
Anonymously issued by Ruth Dallas
510201026
$95.00

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


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PRINTING TYPES A Second Specimen Book
Caxton Press
310211221
$50.00

"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


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THE RAKEHELLY MAN
A.R.D. Fairburn
310221132
$47.50

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


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HERO AND LEANDER
Christopher Marlowe
610230033
$37.50

Private press edition of Marlowe's final work. An early Caxton Press example.

The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1945. Softback. 36 pages. SECONDHAND


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GOLDEN WEDDING AND OTHER POEMS
Alan Mulgan
510211824
$37.50

A posthumous collection of verse introduced by Eileen Duggan.

The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1964. Hardback with dust jacket. 56 pages. SECONDHAND


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WRESTLING WITH THE ANGEL, TWO PLAYS
Frank Sargeson
61022091
$125.00

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


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A PLAY TOWARD, A NOTE ON PLAY PRODUCTION
Ngaio Marsh
610220522
$32.50

Ngaio gives her thoughts on staging theatrical productions. An early Caxton booklet.

Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1946. Softback. 32 pages. SECONDHAND


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A NATIVE, PERHAPS BEAUTIFUL
Hubert Witheford
510211825
$30.00

Poems by Hubert Witheford.

The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket. 56 pages. SECONDHAND


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A WORLD OF MY OWN
Mhairi Macfarlane
61023042
$32.50

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


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QUAIRS OF QUOTATIONS
New Zealand Federation of University Women
510220121
$37.50

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


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OUR LIFE IN THIS LAND
Roderick Finlayson
610260922
$175.00

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


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PROFILES IN MONOCHROME
Peter Hooper
510211626
$42.50

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


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INCENSE AND OTHER ECSTASIES
Howard Dengate
ISBN0908571410
$30.00

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


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REVENANTS
Vincent O'Sullivan
610250013
$55.00

New Zealand private press poetry. The cover was designed by Ralph Hotere.

Prometheus Books, Wellington, 1969. Softback. 74 pages. SECONDHAND


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TWO PLAYS; THE WIDE OPEN CAGE AND JACK WINTER'S DREAM
James K Baxter
610220913
$47.50

First printing of two plays by James K Baxter.

Capricorn Press, Hastings, 1959. Softback with dust jacket. 48 pages. SECONDHAND


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BOOKIE No. I
Various authors
310221133
$60.00

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


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SWAGGER JACK, A STATION TALE
J A K Hay
6102601
$32.50

A Tale of Jack Entwhistle, being Bookie No. 3. Renowned Christchurch private press publication by Bob Gormack. THIS COPY is pristine in the original dust jacket.

The Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1951. Softback with dust jacket. 67 pages. SECONDHAND


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A YEAR AT HAWSKWOOD 1865 VOLUME II. JULY-DECEMBER
Frances Caverhill
51024041
$30.00

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. Here for offer only the second part. 

Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 76 pages. SECONDHAND


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LETTERS FROM LONDON AT CORONATION TIME
Helen Bateman
ISBN0908784511
$55.00

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


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SHARD
Gary Langford and Brian Langford
61023051
$37.50

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


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OVER THE HORIZON
Arthur Baysting
61025071
$37.50

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


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A BUDGET OF NEWS
Alice Tyree
ISBN0473041081
$75.00

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


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THE GAY TRAPEZE
Kendrick Smithyman
6102603
$75.00

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


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POEMS FROM THE OUTLOOK
James K Baxter, Allen Curnow, Basil Dowling, Eileen Duggan, J R Hervey, Robin Hyde, Louis Johnson, M K Joseph, RAK Mason, Colin Newbury and Kendrick Smithyman. Edited by Jonathan Bennett
61026031
$55.00

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


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FORTY THOUSAND BEERS AGO
John Yelash
61026013
$32.50

Ten stories by John Yelash. New Zealand themed. With drawings by Anthony Stones.

The Pilgrim Press, Auckland, 1957. Softback with dust jacket. 31 pages. SECONDHAND


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POETRY HARBINGER
A R D Fairburn and Denis Glover edited by 'Dorothy Cannibal'
61026051
$42.50

Poems by Fairburn, and Glover, with illustrations by Dennis Turner.

The Pilgrim Press, Auckland, 1958. Card covers with dust jacket. 52 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE WIND AND THE SAND. POEMS 1934-44
Dennis Glover
310221012
$75.00

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


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THE SKY IS A LIMPET
A R D Fairburn
61026092
$30.00

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


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THE AMPERSAND
Alan Loney
610260031
$47.50

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


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THE STREET
J H E Schroder
710220612
$45.00

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


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EXPERIMENTAL SONNETS
Merrill Moore
710220613
$37.50

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


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TO A PARTICULAR WOMAN
Denis Glover
71023093
$75.00

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


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FIRE WITHOUT PHOENIX
W H Oliver
71023095
$47.50

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


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COLLECTED POEMS
R A K Mason
710230112
$45.00

Mason's definitive collection of his poetry from 40 years of writing. Introduction by Allen Curnow, and the dust jacket designed by J Koster.

Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1962. Hardback with dust jacket. 113 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE IRON BREADBOARD
James K Baxter
710260314
$55.00

Studies in New Zealand writing. 17 poems in which Baxter satirises fellow poets.

The Mermaid Press, Wellington, 1957. Softback. 20 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE DESOLATE STAR and other poems
Robin Hyde
71027011
$300.00

Hyde's first collection of poetry. Scarce first printing in fragile paper wrapper.

Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, (1929). Softback. 40 pages. SECONDHAND


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THE CONQUERORS and other poems
Robin Hyde
710270112
$175.00

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


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VERSE ALIVE
Selected by H Winstone Rhodes and Denis Glover
710270114
$125.00

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


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VERSE ALIVE number two
Selected by H Winstone Rhodes and Denis Glover
710270115
$125.00

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


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DIARY TO A WOMAN
Denis Glover
71027021
$45.00

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


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SALIENT Literary Issue September 1953
Edited by John Cody
810220021
$45.00

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


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SALIENT Literary Issue July1952
Edited by Peter Dronke
81023072
$45.00

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


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WHY BIRDS DON'T CRY
Colin Kane Bell with a Maori translation by Arapeta Awatere
810230021
$30.00

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


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WORK IN PROGRESS FROM FERNIE BRAE
John Summers
81025092
$32.50

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


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THE NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIAN SONGSTER AND GOLDFIELDS DIARY
Joe Small
810250921
$37.50

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


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THE JAUNTY GENT AND THE CABMAN WIGHTS plus PROVERBIAL PHILOSOPHY
C S Calverley
810250923
$65.00

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


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HOUSES BY THE SEA
Robin Hyde with introduction by Gloria Rawlinson
810260031
$75.00

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


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A SLIGHT MISUNDERSTANDING
A R D Fairburn with lino cuts by Robert Brett
810270011
$55.00

A satirical letter sent by Rex Fairburn to Fletcher Holdings in regard to an erroneous bill he received. Hand set and printed edition limited to 125 copies. With scarce plain tissue dust jacket.

The Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1968. Hardback with dust jacket. 15 pages. SECONDHAND


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JOURNEY TOWARDS AN ELEGY AND OTHER POEMS
Peter Hooper
810270012
$42.50

Collection of 30 poems by this West Coast poet, in a limited hand printed edition of 150 copies.

The Nag's Head Press, Christchurch, 1969. Hardback with dust jacket. 59 pages. SECONDHAND


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MAUI'S FAREWELL
Dora Somerville
810270013
$45.00

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


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WHO'S CRAZY AROUND HERE?
John Magurk, editor and illustrator.
8102113
$35.00

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


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BREAD AND A PENSION
Louis Johnson
81021161
$30.00

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


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THE FOREST A Comedy in Three Acts
D'Arcy Cresswell with wood engravings by E. Mervyn Taylor
810211021
$65.00

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