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Journal of Ensign Best. 1837-1843. Edited by Nancy M Taylor. 1966 1st edition. Government Printer, Wellington

Abel Dottin William Best was a young Army Officer who served aboard a convict ship in New South Wales, Norfolk Island and New Zealand. He died in battle in India in 1845

Whilst in NZ he journeyed into the interior with the naturalist Dieffenbach in 1841 and again with Governor Hobson in 1842. He also made 2 journeys to intervene in Maori squabbles in the Bay of Plenty in 1842-43

Extensive explanations of the historical background of the reported incidents are provided by the Editor
Much on the settlement of Port Nicholson (Wellington) and Te Ati Awa

Best himself comments on his life whilst here, and much of his contact with and the customs of the Maori he met in his travels to various places

465pp; b/w and coloured photos; maps; index; appendices; thick hard covers, gilt lettering; very good condition
Dust Jacket; good condition; price ticket shadow on front; top edge chipped; spine sunned; very rubbed

Extremely interesting very early history
A very tidy copy

Text Copyright 2009
Collectible Books, Napier

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