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Foreword by Max Cryer.

"Place Names of New Zealand was first published in 1975, as a single volume of 510 pages that listed alphabetically thousands of geographical names, their origins and meanings. Reed’s work quickly became the standard guide to toponymy in New Zealand. The volume stimulated a wealth of correspondence and further research that was embodied in Reed’s Supplement to Place Names of New Zealand (177 pages), published shortly before the author’s death in 1979. In the second edition, The Reed Dictionary of New Zealand Place Names (2002, 621 pages), Peter Dowling (at the time the Publishing Manager of Reed Books) led a team that amalgamated and updated Reed’s two works. Place Names of New Zealand does not claim to list every place in New Zealand. As stated by Reed in the introduction to the first edition, “although the present volume may claim to be the most comprehensive work of its kind yet published, it must be confessed that it barely touches the fringe of the subject. The task of providing a watertight explanation for every New Zealand place name is beyond the power of any modern man. Many of the old Maori names are susceptible to widely differing explanations, and the real interpretations are hidden in the mist of centuries past […] Similarly, the origins of many European names have been lost or have been hotly debated for the past 75 years and more. With a list of over 10,000 place names and their meanings, as well as an appendix containing over 2,000 superseded names and their current replacements, Reed’s dictionary is an invaluable and unchallenged reference on the subject."

Hardback 2002.

621 pages.

Very good condition.

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