These are second-hand copies of New Zealand - Being a Narrative of Travels & Adventures during a residence in that country between the years 1831 & 1837 by J.S. Polack.
Condition: These are used copies in very good condition. The dustjackets have shelf-wear with rubbing and small tears - see photos. The dustjackets have sun-fading to the spines and extreme tops - see photos.
'Forced by isolation and lack of European contact to write, rather than converse with friends, the cosmopolitan Polack directed his abilities into acute observations laced with asides: rubbing noses as a form of greeting was all very well in summer, but an "unpleasant cold coalition" in winter. Polack's New Zealand: A Narrative . . . is one of the most important early New Zealand works, and certainly the most readable account of the glorious free decade before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed and New Zealand settled into the responsibilities of a British colony. Today we can count ourselves lucky to have had such an intelligent and amusing observer as Joel Polack amongst our earliest settlers, with a talent to infect readers with his excitement and enthusiasm for the new country'.
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