MONRAD, Ditlev Gothard, Bishop of Lolland and Falster (1811-1887)
[=Old New Zealand]. Kjøbenhavn : C.A. Reitzel, 1870. First Danish edition. Duodecimo, original cloth-backed papered boards (rubbed), upper board with nineteenth century Danish school library’s ownership inscription, mild foxing to paste-downs outer leaves, 66 pp, contents clean and sound, a good copy. Text in Danish. Rare.
Politician and religious authority Ditlev Gothard Monrad lived in New Zealand between 1864 and 1869, where he settled in Palmerston North and played an important role in promoting Scandinavian emigration to the colony. Gamle Ny-Zeeland is a fictional account of early relations between Europeans and Maori seen through the eyes of an old colonist.
The only copies of either the Danish or the German editions in Australian collections are held in the State Library of New South Wales; copies of both editions are held in only two New Zealand collections (Alexander Turnbull Library; University of Otago Library).