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Rambles in New Zealand. John Carne Bidwell. (1841) 1974 facs edition Capper Press, Christchurch


The 1st edition of 1841 is long out of print; as is the luxury edition of 1952 (35 copies) and the “2nd impression” of 375 copies


Bidwell, a botanist, made two visits to NZ in 1839 and 1840 and this book tells of the first when he travelled from Kororareka to Coromandel, Taranaki, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Taupo regions and climbed Mt Ngauruhoe, whilst collecting specimens of rocks and plant life

He used Maori people as guides and porters and here he describes them, and other Maori he met on his travels, and their ways of life. He also notes parts and grammar of their language

He also mentions some Missionaries and describes the areas he travelled to, their landscape and their tree and plant life

Bidwill settled in Australian and at various times he was the Government Botanist and Director of the Sydney Botanic Garden and Commissioner of Crown Lands and a Magistrate and was reported to have discovered gold in Gympie in 1842
His brother, Charles, settled in the Wairarapa

List of names and towns (England) of subscribers to the 1st edition

104+pp; map; glossary; hard covers, gilt lettering; very good condition
Dust Jacket; good condition; minute chipping to top edge; small tear spine tail with associated creasing to rear; very faint foxing on rear


Text Copyright 2011
Collectible Books, Napier




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