How the Bible was constructed, from the original writing and canonisation, and through developments over time with relation to changing beliefs. Its importance to Jews and Christians, and its influence on the secular world.
Allen Lane, 2019. Hardback with dust jacket. 613 pages. NEW
The first English dictionary especially prepared for New Zealand users. There are over 10,000 entries with comprehensive coverage of the distinctive vocabulary of NZ English past and present.
6500 distinctive New Zealand words and usages of distinct phrases. With references to their use in the media and literature.
Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2010. Softback. 322 pages. SECONDHAND.
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 reprint of the first 40 issues of Landfall, in ten bound volumes. New Zealand fiction, prose, poetry, verse and art. Includes reviews. Sewn binding with perfect bound wrappers. Volume ten includes index to first ten volumes.
Johnson Reprint Corporation, New York, 1968. Softbacks. Approx. 350 pages per issue. 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
Parts 1-3, being all published, of a New Zealand journal on book culture at the time. Includes publications, letters on New Zealand history, auctions, book collecting etc.
Willis and Aiken Ltd., Christchurch, 1948. Softback. 281 pages. SECONDHAND
A study of the leading lights in the literary movement of the period, and how the publishers and critics shaped the literary culture of the time.
Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2006. Softback. 136 pages. SECONDHAND
History of bookselling in New Zealand, includes new and second hand book trade. Sections on major cities, regions, and major book-selling chains. Also decade by decade problems faced by booksellers.
Reed Books, Auckland, 1993. Hardback with dust jacket. 300 pages. SECONDHAND
Draws on some 500 texts in both English and Maori to reveal the interests and concerns of Maori women at a time of change and development. Offers new perspective on New Zealand history.
Auckland University Press, 2017. Paperback. 372 pages. SECONDHAND
The lives of colonial women in 19th century New Zealand revealed by their letters to family and friends.
Auckland University Press, 1996. Softback. 518 pages. SECONDHAND
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
Fifty years of the New Zealand Women Writers' Society, and a chronological list of members with short biography and in some instances excerpts from their works.
NZ Women Writers Society, Wellington, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 76 pages. 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
Children's fairy tales, some with New Zealand themes. Colour frontispiece and b&w plates. THIS COPY is missing free end paper, and has name written to closed fore edge. Author's presentation inscription to the paste down.
The Unity Press Ltd., Auckland, 1931. Hardback with dust jacket. 118 pages. SECONDHAND
A book which traces Mansfield's connections with the Marlborough Sounds, through her Beauchamp relatives. Includes her story The Voyage, about a crossing from Wellington to Picton.
Cape Catley Ltd., Auckland, 2000. Softback. 90 pages. SECONDHAND
Bethell's letters reveal the influence she had among New Zealand artists and writers, as well as her strong religious beliefs and charitable nature.
Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2005. Softback. 370 pages. SECONDHAND
Selected letters between 1924 and 1957. Includes letters to R. A. K. Mason, Geoffrey de Montalk, Denis Glover, Allen Curnow, Charles Brasch etc.
Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 272 pages. SECONDHAND
A kind of biography comprising excerpts from poet and writer Rex Fairburn's works, letters, photographs, reminiscences of him etc.
Collins, Auckland, 1983. Hardback with dust jacket. 236 pages. SECONDHAND
Dominion, The Voyage, and To A Friend in the Wilderness. Printed by The Caxton Press.
New Zealand University Press, Wellington, 1952. Softback with dust jacket
Satirical verse on New Zealand society, culture and politics, written by Curnow under the nom de plume Whim Wham. Dust jacket design by Denis Glover.
Blackwood and Janet Paul, Auckland, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket, 168 pages. SECONDHAND
A selection Curnow has made from pieces written in the 1950s for newspapers. Political satire and social commentary.
Paul's Book Arcade, Hamilton and Auckland, 1959. Softback. 80 pages. SECONDHAND
Verses and satires from this Banks Peninsula poet. First edition.
Blackwood and Janet Paul, Auckland, 1968. Thin boards with attached dust jacket. 74 pages. SECONDHAND
A novel about the life in New Zealand of a refugee from Nazi Vienna, who was interned on Soames Island. THIS COPY has a presentation inscription from Gee to a Mr Klingenstein who had shown Gee his manuscript memoir of his internment on Soames Island. He knew Mr. Reithmaier who is shown on the book cover. There is a letter regarding this from Gee enclosed with the book.
Penguin Books, Auckland, 1998. Softback. 264 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of short stories, Shadbolt's first, in a mix of New Zealand and overseas settings. THIS COPY has aged paper stock with foxed edges, but a tidy dust jacket.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., New Zealand, 1959. Hardback with dust jacket. 256 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of nine stories, set in New Zealand with characters who have fled from the city to the countryside. First American Edition. THIS COPY has former owner stamp to free end paper, and is a signed presentation copy inscribed to title page dated 1975.
Atheneum, New York, 1966. Hardback with dust jacket. 286 pages. SECONDHAND
Shadbolt's first novel, a New Zealand coming-of-age in which Nick Flanders and his grandfather Old Hubert explore New Zealand's gum country. Jacket design by Biro.
Whitcombe and Tombs, New Zealand, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 301 pages. SECONDHAND
The first published work by the best known resident New Zealand writer. A collection of 24 short stories. Wear to head and tail of spine, previous owners name on end paper. There are some minor notations to two text pages. FIRST EDITION and very scarce, a tidy copy in a good, slightly worn dust-jacket.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1951. Decorative paper covered boards with dust jacket. 130 pages. SECONDHAND
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1962. Hardback with dust jacket. 224 pages. SECONDHAND
Novel by one of New Zealand's best loved writers. FIRST EDITION.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 192 pages. SECONDHAND
Novel. FIRST EDITION. Fine dust jacket designed by Peter Bransfield.
Pegasus Press, Christchurch, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 270 pages. SECONDHAND
A posthumously published novel in the first edition, limited to 750 numbered copies.
Vintage/Random House, Auckland, 2007. Hardback with dust jacket. 206 pages. AS NEW
This limited edition collects Frame's autobiographical works; To the Is-land, An Angel at my Table and The Envoy from Mirror City. Limited to 500 numbered copies.
Vintage/Random House, Auckland, 1994. Hardback with dust jacket. 437 pages. SECONDHAND
Essays on Janet Frame. 10 essays on her individual novels plus two general essays. Includes a bibliography.
Dangaroo Press, University of Aarhus, Denmark, 1976. Softback. 138 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
Poems, mainly about Otago and Southland people and places. Poems include; The Hills of Wakatip, The Royal Air Force, The Hollyford Valley, An Adventure at Glenorchy Wharf, Miss Reid Lost on Milford Track, by Plane from Invercargill to Big Bay. Bookplate at front of Florence Ann MacKenzie, of Walter Peak Station and the daughter of the poet.
Otago Daily Times, about 1946. Softback. 47 pages. SECONDHAND
Collects early 19th century verse from a New Zealand journalist who was widely published in Australia. Limited to 1025 copies. Lacks one plate.
The New Zealand Times Company Ltd., Wellington, 1908. Softback. 182 pages. SECONDHAND
A novel set in the 1860s frontier settlement of Waiuku in the Manukau harbour, by one of New Zealand's best loved writers for children. Very uncommon. This copy signed by the author.
Jonathan Cape, London, 1968. Hardback with dust jacket. 207 pages. SECONDHAND
9 short stories by Duggan. The first edition in tidy unclipped dust jacket
Blackwood and Janet Paul/ Victor Gollancz, Auckland/ London, 1965. Hardback with dust jacket. 176 pages. SECONDHAND
The definitive collected work of the gifted and complex poet widely regarded as New Zealand's best. This poetry by James K. Baxter 1926-72, includes the full range of his work, both previously published and unpublished. First published in 1980. This is the reissue reprinted with corrections.
Oxford University Press, Wellington, 1995. Hardback with dust jacket. 658 pages. SECONDHAND
16 collected plays plus a glossary and appendices. Includes previously unpublished works.
Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 336 pages. SECONDHAND
Baxter's thoughts on his community at Jerusalem, and his theology in passing. The first printing.
Price Milburn, Wellington, 1971. Softback. 59 pages. SECONDHAND
An early collection of poetry published for the British reader. First edition. Name to free end paper.
Oxford University Press, London, 1961. Hardback with dust jacket. 56 pages. SECONDHAND
An early collection of Baxter's poetry which establishd him in NZ circles. First published in 1958.
Oxford University Press, London, 1974. Softback. 68 pages. SECONDHAND
A selection of 47 poems, several of which were previously unpublished. A publication in the Oxford Poets Series. First published in 1969.
Oxford University Press, Wellington, 1971. Softback. 86 pages. SECONDHAND
Essays written by James K Baxter while a Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University in 1966-67.
University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 1967. Softback. 155 pages. SECONDHAND
6 poems by Baxter, with an introduction by Peter Olds. This is the second printing in February , after the January first printing.
Caveman Press, Dunedin, 1973. Softback. 19 pages. SECONDHAND
A book of poetry written by Hone Tuwhare during his term as Poet Laureate. It celebrates a specific place, his home at Kaka Point in South Otago. Frontispiece by Ralph Hotere. Limited edition of 2000 copies, this is no. 57.
Godwit Random House, Auckland, 2001. Hardback with dust jacket. 78 Pages. SECONDHAND
Poetry by Hone in the first printing. THIS COPY is very tidy and signed to the title page by Hone.
Steele Roberts Ltd., Wellington, 2005. Softback. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
Poems selected from Tuwhare's first five volumes. First edition of this selection.
John McIndoe, Dunedin, 1980. Softback. 54 pages. SECONDHAND
Private press poetry publication with some full page monochrome illustrations.
Caveman Press, Dunedin, 1974. Softback. 47 pages. SECONDHAND
Poems and short stories. Includes a glossary of Maori words and terms used. First edition.
Jackstraw Press, Dunedin, 1978. Softback. 52 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
This fascinating biography of Ngaio Marsh pieces together both the public and private Marsh in a way that is as riveting as a crime novel.
Harper Collins Publishers, Auckland, 2008. Hardback with dust jacket. 320 pages. SECONDHAND
An interesting book by a well known New Zealand author and bibliophile. The book itself is a self conscious attempt 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.
A book about books, writers, rare books, collecting books and book-plates, and notable book sales held in New Zealand. Concerned with rare and antiquarian books. LIMITED EDITION of 400 numbered copies signed b y Lawlor. THIS COPY has some sun-fading, edge tears and chipping loss to the dust jacket.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Wellington, 1954. Hardback with dust jacket. 268 pages. SECONDHAND
The history of the General Assembly Library, the building, collection, benefactors and staff. Illustrated. THIS COPY has a crease to the front cover.
Steele Roberts, Wellington, 2008. Softback. 270 pages. SECONDHAND
Illustrated biography of Dr. Hocken who arrived in Dunedin in 1862 to practice as a doctor and who went on to amass a unique collection of books and manuscripts, the foundation of the University library that now bears his name.
Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2015. Hardback with dust jacket. 424 pages. SECONDHAND
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
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
A scholarly social history of newspapers and their impact on colonial society. Includes the weeklies, the goldfields press and Maori language newspapers.
Fraser Books, Masterton, 2018. Softback. 676 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. SECONDHAND
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 astonishing 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, Nelson, 2010. Softback. 204 pages. NEW
50 years of the Robert Burns Fellowship. Chronological list, with a short extract of their work, from Ian Cross in 1959 through to Sue Wootton in 2008.
Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2008. Softback. 251 pages. SECONDHAND
A study and bibliography of the works of Bruce Mason. In the New Zealand Writers and Their Work series. This copy has the stamp of the Court Theatre and a presentation inscription to them from Bruce Mason, signed and dated 1976.
Oxford University Press, Wellington, 1976. Softback. 53 pages. SECONDHAND
Four plays; First Return, O! Temperance!, Songs to the Judges, Songs to Uncle Scrim. THIS COPY inscribed to Elric Hooper 'To Elric, best wishes from Proc, August 1986'. Proc was Thompson's nickname. Also included a post card to Harry and Hilary Evison from Thompson.
Pilgrims South Press, Dunedin, 1984. Softback. 185 pages. SECONDHAND
Play script adapted from John A Lee's novel of the same name. Commissioned for the Court Theatre, this copy is signed and dated with a presentation inscription from the author.
Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1990. Softback. 92 pages. SECONDHAND
Privately published poetry from a Canterbury man. Titles include; The Cull Ewe's Story, The Charteris Bay Socials, Slump Sales at Addington, Leicester Matson, The Station Fencer, Church Gully Bush. THIS COPY has a presentation inscription from the author.
Fuller Bros. Ltd., Christchurch, (1945). Hardback. 60 pages. SECONDHAND
An autobiographical play about Mervyn's childhood, and set during Union agitation in a West Coast coal town. THIS COPY has a presentation inscription to the Court Theatre signed by the author.
Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1986. Softback. 55 pages. SECONDHAND
Letters by ex-pat poet to many notable New Zealand literary figures such as Ursula Bethell, Frank Sargeson, Basil Dowling, also British figures. Gives insight into the literary scene.
University of Canterbury Press, Christchurch, 1971. Hardback with dust jacket. 256 pages. SECONDHAND
All three of Marjory Nicholls (married name Hannah) works published in her lifetime. She was a poet, teacher and drama producer, prominent in Wellington, who was tragically killed by a bus in 1930. Three first editions in paper wrappers. Two have A E Craddick's name at top of title pages, the third has his bookplate to the inside of front wrapper. All have some handling soiling and light foxing. Craddick was part of the Edwardian Spike group of writers.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Wellington, 1917, 1922, (1930). Softbacks. 45+43+31 pages. SECONDHAND
Selection of poems, many with a New Zealand, or Maori theme or setting. Small volume in Japanese vellum with red leather title label to spine. Handling soiled.
Griffith, Farran, Okeden and Welsh, London, (1890). Hardback with no dust jacket. 158 pages. SECONDHAND
First edition of this work which is predominantly of New Zealand themed verse. includes two ballads on Parihaka. Very nice copy.
George Robertson and Company, Melbourne, 1889. Hardback with no dust jacket.111 pages. SECONDHAND
Divers Verses, dry and diverse. Ballads and verse firmly set in colonial New Zealand.Canterbury content. Subscription edition limited to 350 copies.
The Christchurch Press Company Limited, Christchurch, 1904. Quarter leather over cloth boards. 141 pages. SECONDHAND
Collection of verse by this New Zealand social reformer, vegetarian, spiritualist and pacifist. A tidy copy. New Zealand content as well as The Passing of Rudolf Steiner, and some other spiritual verses.
John M Watkins, London, 1925. Hardback with no dust jacket.181 pages. SECONDHAND
Early and mid-Twentieth Century poetry by James K Baxter, Ursula Bethell, Charles Brasch, D'Arcy Cresswell, Basil Dowling, ARD Fairburn, Denis Glover, Jr Hervey, Robin Hyde, RAK Mason and others. THIS COPY has some pencil notation, and some wear to the dust jacket.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1945. Hardback with dust jacket.195 pages. SECONDHAND
Collection of poetry, some derived from Maori mythology, others from Mediterranean or Biblical history.
Arthur H. Stockwell Ltd., Ilfracombe, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket. 136 pages. SECONDHAND
An early collection of poetry from Sam's time reading poetry on the road about New Zealand. Sewn binding in the soft covers.
First edition of Morrieson's second novel following the success of The Scarecrow. Filmed in 1985 with Billy T. James as The Te Whakinga / Tainuia Kid.
Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1964. Hardback with dust jacket. 234 pages. SECONDHAND
Rare first printing of Morrieson's last work, published posthumously.
The Dunmore Press Ltd., Palmerston North, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 142 pages. SECONDHAND
A macabre comedy involving murder in a small rural town. The first New Zealand edition (originally issued in Australia in 1963). THIS COPY in excellent condition.
Heinemann Educational Books, Auckland, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 181 pages. SECONDHAND
Baxter's last work which he was preparing when he died. Three poems plus Letter to Colin and a tribute by Frank McKay. First edition.
Price Milburn, Wellington, 1972. Softback. 54 pages. SECONDHAND
First edition of this novel with a signed presentation from Gee on the title page. The recipient has written their name and Christchurch May '93 to the free end paper.
Viking, Auckland, 1992. Hardback with dust jacket. 279 pages. SECONDHAND
A discussion of three distinct periods of Samoan Albert Wendt's writing and its importance to the development of a modern Pacific literary style. With bibliography.
Auckland University Press, Auckland, 2003. Softback. 296 pages. SECONDHAND
Brian Turner's poetry from his period as the fourth Te Mata estate Poet Laureate. A limited edition of 2000 numbered copies.
Godwit/ Random House, Auckland, 2005. Hardback with dust jacket. 112 pages. SECONDHND
Two volume biography of an important New Zealand publisher, partner in Price Milbur, whose graded School Readers revolutionised education. He was a reader, writer collector and publisher.
Steele Roberts Publishers, Wellington, 2012. Hardbacks with dustjackets in a slipcase. 203 + 124 pages. AS NEW
A deluxe publication produced in the middle of WWII. Includes many illustrations showing the technical skills of the printing industry. Essays include Maori Printers and Translators, printing trades in NZ, and printers during the great War. Limited to 600 numbered copies. THIS LARGE BOOK will incur an additional postage charge to overseas destinations.
Wellington Club of Printing House Craftsmen, 1940. Half Leather hardback with no dust jacket. 252 pages. SECONDHAND
A scarce early young adult novel set in New Zealand. Some early pioneering experiences are incorporated into the tale. The first edition in a complete original dust jacket, with minor wear. THIS COPY has a gift inscription to the endpaper dated 1930.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, 1929. Hardback with dust jacket. 256 pages. SECONDHAND