Rare Early Guide to New Zealand.

Rare Early Guide to New Zealand.
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[HURSTHOUSE, Charles, Arthur Willis, Gann & Co] . The New Zealand Handbook, or Emigrant’s Bradshaw; Being A Complete Guide To The “ Britain Of The South”. London, Edward Stanford, 6 Charing Cross. Second edition. Pp [vi] ,152, [i ] (pasted to rear cover). No date but probably 1859. Bound in the original printed wrappers, spine repaired to style, and the book now preserved in a book box, gilt to the spine and with labels, made from an early c20th binding. There is a folding map showing the route from Bank to Crosby Square and the Docks, on the verso of which is a coloured map of New Zealand dated 1858. The front cover is worn with loss to the corners including the loss of one word to the bottom right corner.The corners also show wear to the first and last few leaves.

The work gives descriptions of the provinces of Auckland, Wellington, New Plymouth, Canterbury, Nelson and Otago and “ every settlement, and agricultural and pastoral district in both islands” as well as “ the native race, physical features animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms” etc. New Zealand investments “ and what a man can do there” is discussed. How to get to NZ is described (“our packets generally load in St. Katherine’s Docks”) and the rear cover has details of clipper ships sailing monthly for New Zealand , including Zealandia, Caduceus, Clontarf, Egmont, Cashmere etc with their burthens and commanders. Regulations for passengers are given, including payment of passage money, provision  of liquors, and baggage allowances ( half a ton for Chief and Intermediate passengers, a quarter in Steerage). The Bill of Fare at the Ship’s Table is given and the groceries and provisions available. In all, a useful manual for the would-be emigrant, and of great interest in describing the typical emigrant experience.

We can find no copies of this work for sale, and although other guides are available, none are as early as this edition. WorldCat lists six copies , held in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. BL lists four copies but none before the eleventh edition of 1866. A rare work.

£450.00


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