8vo. 5.75 x 8.75 inches. xxiv + [ii] + 278 +  pp. Separate half title for History of the War. Decorated by half titles, head and tail piece vignettes, by initials and by publisher’s device on title page. Bound in original grey cloth, gilt, decorated in black and gilt. Bevelled edges. top edge deckled. Some scattered foxing throughout, but otherwise a very good copy. 1910 signature on second free endpaper and 1961 on verso of first free endpaper. Newspaper cuttings related to the book tipped into preliminaries. 1910 inscription on half title and 1961 signature on verso of first free endpaper.
A new edition of an early classic of New Zealand literature, first published in 1863, with the addition of the author’s second book, A History of the War in the North... Frederick Edward Maning (1812-83) arrived in New Zealand in 1833, settling with, and marrying into, a Maori tribe. He advised the Maori not to sign the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, which established British sovereignty over the country, while guaranteeing Maori rights, land and property. Maning became a judge of the Native Land Court in 1865. George Herbert, 13th Earl of Pembroke (1850-95), who wrote the introduction was a Conservative politician. The book, which was subsequently reprinted many times, contains a glossary at the end.
Author A PAKEHA MAORI [pseud., i.e. MANING, FREDERICK EDWARD].
Publisher Richard Bentley and Son, New Burlington Street.
Condition A very good copy