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This is an auction for LONDON JOURNAL by Edward Jerningham Wakefield, edited by Joan Stevens.

*** From a limited edition of 750 copies. ***

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"Edward Jerningham Wakefield (1820-1879) was the only son of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. In 1839 he accompanied his uncle to New Zealand on the NZ Company ship Tory. This expedition was an advance party seeking a suitable site to found a colony in the Cook Strait area. Edward Jerningham Wakefield had intended to stay in New Zealand for only a few months but he found the new colony so fascinating that it was four years before he returned to England. His journals were published as "Adventures in New Zealand" in April 1845. The favourable picture he presented of the colony founded by the NZ Company helped the Company to avoid censure in the House of Commons. For the next five years Wakefield lived a dissipated life in London. In 1850, faced with bankruptcy, he sailed for New Zealand once again, this time with the advance party for the Canterbury Settlement. He entered politics as one of the two members for Christchurch Country for 1853-55; and was a member for Christchurch City East for 1871-75. He moved to Wellington in 1855 and represented the City of Wellington in the Provincial Council from 1857 to 1861. However because of his increasing alcoholism his behaviour was very erratic and he was an embarrassment to his supporters. Gradually over the next few years he dissipated his wealth and substance and destroyed his health. He died, penniless, in Ashburton, in 1879..."

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Hardback 1972.

179 pages + illustrations and a large map of London as it was in 1843.

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.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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