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This is an auction for CURTAIN-RAISER TO A COLONY: SIDELIGHTS ON THE FOUNDING OF NEW ZEALAND, by Cecil & Celia Manson.

"Cecil and Celia Manson's historical sketches in The Dominion have a wide and loyal readership. The Mansons are often asked 'When are these articles going to appear in book form?' As answer, here is an instalment. The following are some of the people, characters of varying importance in the story of New Zealand, who come to life in CURTAIN-RAISER TO A COLONY:

* a London businessman who schemed to plant colonies in a country he had never seen

* an eccentric man of French birth, who dreamed of setting up his own kingdom

* a Maori youth who was lionised as a prince by London society

* Radical Jack, who thought it 'damned hard that a man with 80,000 pounds a year can't sleep'

* New Zealand's first town planner, who from his London office planned a dream city on the Hutt River, complete with Billingsgate Fish market and President's Palace

Some chapter headings:

* Conceived in Newgate

* To be a sovereign chief

* We want to go home

* Father of Stewart Island

* Fitting out

* Farewell 'Tory'!

* A founder's son

* Radical Jack

* Pot boiling

* Land ahoy!

* Better known as Worser

* Give us guns

* Fall of a dandy

* Captain's troubles

* Dream city

* Joy and death

* Rival of the North

* Artist, V.C.

* Rule Britannia

* A postman's pay

* A settler might have written...

* Colonies kill

and so on.

Hardback 1962.

224 pages + illustrations.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

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

Payment within seven days, please. seven days, please.
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  • tracked mail$6.95
  • tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$9.95
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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