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Ranolf and Amohia: A South-Sea Day-Dream
London: Smith, Elder, 1872. Leather Bound. Very Good. Smith, Elder; London. Inscribed by author. 1st edition in special gift binding. Quarter bound in contemporary black calf-skin leather. Gilt borders and lettering on spine. Gilt page ends. Marbled paper boards. In marbled slipcase. Minor shelf wear. Slight rubbing to slipcase. Rubbing to spine. Marbled endpapers. Inscribed on title page, from Alfred Domett to his son, Alfred Nelson Domett. Alfred Domett was an English colonial statesman and poet. He was New Zealand's fourth Premier. Domett published one or two volumes of poetry from 1833, and contributed several poems to Blackwoods Magazine. Domett's vast verse epic, Ranolf and Amohia, though neglected upon publication, has, in later years, become the source of much critical attention. Several articles on the poem have appeared in scholarly journals, positioning it as a work of great ethnographic import. In a recent study by Jane Stafford and Mark Williams, Domett's work is viewed as the foundational text of Maoriland; the imagined alternative to the progressive colony of New Zealand. Many ethnographers feel Domett's epic displays a primitivistic romanticizing of Maori that functions to disguise the ugly reality of settler-Maori violence. Stafford and Williams describe the setting as being infused with a sense of distance and strangeness, possessing an unreal, nightmarish quality. Though a work of fantasy, Ranolf and Amohia also serves as a massive compilation of facts about New Zealand. A beautifully bound edition of this scarce volume, in very good condition. Please feel free to view our photographs. Ships daily.
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