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This is an auction for MAN OF THE MIST: A BIOGRAPHY OF ELSDON BEST, by E W G Craig.

"Elsdon Best is best known today as New Zealand's first locally-born scholar of the Maori and of Maori ways. This book describes Best the man - traveller, adventurer, bushman and devoted ethnologist. He was born in Tawa, Wellington, in 1856 and received little formal education. A short experience at a civil service desk was enough to satisfy him that he needed a more active career, and after a pioneering spell in Poverty Bay he headed out to California, Texas and Arizona. On return to New Zealand circumstance and preference brought him into close contact with the Maori, often in areas far removed from Pakeha settlement. Here he won Maori confidence and - realising the urgent need to record their tradition and culture before it was too late - he set himself the task, thereby making a contribution of incalculable value to this country. Elsdon Best's life is a wonderful study of adversity, challenge and conquest."

Hardback 1964.

247 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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