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A 1907, leather bound, 208 page, First Edition in this miniature format, book "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There." The first ever copy of this book was published in 1872, but was later released as a smaller version with 50 illustrations by famous & talented artist John Tenniel, so hence a first edition in this format. What makes this book even more special is the name of the ship (R.M.S. Makura) written in gilt letters on the front - this book was part of their Library. I have included some info about the New Zealand ship Makura below.

RMS Makura (NZ Ship)
Makura 1908-1936
Built A Stephen & Son, Glasgow in 1908. Length 137 metres. Twin screw steam. Speed 16 knots. Passengers 402. GRT 8075. Makura remained in service for 28 years on the trans-Pacific run. Makura service record was quite remarkable having steamed 2,300,000 nautical miles when sold to Chinese shipbreakers in 1936.

There are VERY FEW copies of this book worldwide and I believe only one that was part of the Makura's library so here is also a special part of NZ history. PLEASE NOTE that the book is in very good condition other than taped page and one smallish tear - please view photos. If wanting to check prices of this book please look under Abe Books (International booksellers of over 10 million books) who recently had 2 piece, 1907, F/Ed copies as part of a 2 book set selling at $600-$700 USD (both in England). Taking into consideration the exchange rate, and being only half of that ($300-$350 USD), equals approx $400+ NZD. Added to this that this is also a real piece of NZ Ship history (look under google for more of the life history of one of NZ's early ships, the Makura, including it being quarantined in Auckland, 1918 because of flu outbreak), then it can be appreciated by those who love rare books, NZ History & NZ shipping antiquities. All offers over $100 will be considered.
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