# 38389

[WHITE, William]

Important information relative to New Zealand,

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intended to be an answer to all Inquiries made by those Interested in the occupancy of that country by British Subjects, &c., especially with respect to questions relative to its geography, soil, climate, natural resources, and the validity of titles to lands purchased from the native chiefs by foreigners. Together with an appendix, comprising the latest official documents relating to that interesting country. Written by a gentleman who has been a resident fourteen years at Hokianga. Sydney : Published by Thomas Brennand, Bookseller, George-street, 1839. Colophon: A. Bent, printer, 67, Pitt-street, Sydney. Octavo (210 x 140 mm), original printed brown wrappers with text of title-page repeated (upper wrapper with loss at bottom corner, else fine), stitched; pp. viii, 56 (last blank), [ii] (verso blank), xxvi (i.e. xxiv, since the penultimate page is misnumbered xxv, for xxiii – a fact not noted in Ferguson’s collation); title-page with tipped-in notice ‘To the Public’ dated 22 November 1839, advising that the author departed the colony prior to the book going to press, and trusting that ‘any typographical or other trifling errors that may have occurred in the course of publication’ will be overlooked on account of this; contents clean and fresh, a fine copy in the delicate original wrappers.

‘A valuable account of the earliest days of settlement in New Zealand supported by appended documents, and compiled by the Rev. William White, a Wesleyan missionary’ (Ferguson).

Ferguson, 2898

While there are several copies in New Zealand libraries, Trove locates only two in Australian libraries (NLA; SLNSW).

A significant rarity, with no copy traced at auction on Rare Book Hub.