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WILLIAMS, William Leonard.
First lessons in the Maori language: with a short vocabulary.London, Trübner & Co. (colophon: Berlin, printed by Unger brothers), 1862. 8vo. Contemporary red cloth (bound by Edmonds & Remnants, London).
IV, 73, 1 blank, [2] pp.Rare first edition of an influential grammar of the Maori language. The book contains 12 chapters with grammar lessons, followed by an English-Maori vocabulary. As was often the case in publications in Maori, the usefulness of the catchphrases was minimal. Most of them were "predictably utilitarian and colonising" (Munro), for instance "kauaka hei a Hemi taka pu" ("let not my gun be in the possession of Hemi) and "ko Hemi te tangata nana i patu taku witi" ("the man who threshed my wheat was Hemi").William Leonard Williams (1829-1916), future bishop of Waiapu, was the son William Williams who compiled an influential dictionary of Maori. He carried on his father's missionary efforts and his intensive study of the Maori language. His Maori grammar would appear in 12 further editions up to 1965.With bookseller's tickets on pastedown. The binding slightly worn at the edges and with an errata slip pasted on the back of the title-page; in good condition.l Hocken, p. 222; Williams 351; cf. Porter, "Williams, William Leonard", in”: DNZB, Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
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