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Canterbury Papers Parts 1 & 2
London: John W. Parker, February, 1850. Octavo, 8 pp. advertisements, 56 pp. text, large folding map; preliminary leaves and advertisements thumbed, some browning of the fore-edge and a little localised staining of the last two leaves, yet a good copy overall in attractive half green morocco by Sangorski, spine gilt. Scarce early history of the settlement, collecting and publishing important primary documents related to the Canterbury Association with a modest desire to 'form a chapter of the {i res gestae }of the great heroic work of Colonization'. The preamble states this Papers 'are intended to supply the public with information as to the principles, objects, plans and proceedings of the Canterbury Association for founding a settlement in New Zealand…it is intended to append such extracts from printed books, pamphlets, and papers, bearing directly on the same subjects, as have not appeared in a collective form; and, lastly, to publish such original essays, statements, discussions, and extracts from private letters, papers and memoranda, as may throw light in any way on the nature of the Settlement, or the means available for its formation and success.' 'The {i Canterbury Papers{b }}were{b }published at intervals between February 1850 and May 1852. The 12 numbers were issued in nine parts of which three were double numbers; paging was continuous' (NZNB). This bound volume includes the first two parts of the {i Canterbury Papers }bound with the eight pages of preliminary advertisements duly noted in the NZNB (although the cover title-page introducing the series of 12 parts is not included here). The first issue of the {i Canterbury Papers }is well regarded for the folding map of the Canterbury settlement, well preserved in this copy.
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