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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has heavy surface rubbing, light fading in places, and light creasing to the top edge. The first page has the remains of an old price in the top outside corner that has been scratched off (affected area is: 26mm x 15mm). There is age spotting and browning to the edges of the compressed pages. There is light shelf wear to the bottom edges of the cover. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean.

The dimensions: 225 x 289 mm
Pages: 271
Publisher: Avon Fine Prints Ltd
Publication date: 1971 first edition


The Lively Capital: Auckland 1840-1865
By Una Platts

Una Platts brings pioneer Auckland to life in a skilfully woven story which is an intimate, whimsical, and sometimes racy commentary on the 25 years Auckland was Capital of New Zealand.

The settlers were not deterred from enjoying their traditional pastimes by such inconveniences as crudely formed streets and primitive transportation, and these pages are spiced with stories of picnics, dinner parties, balls, weddings, concerts and races, with all their attendant gossip and scandal.

The Author has infused this account of Auckland with over 100 early paintings, drawings and maps which she considers best evoke this colourful era, and which illustrate the development of Auckland and its beautiful harbour.

This book will appeal strongly to all readers interested in New Zealand's colonial past, but especially to those with pioneer associations, such as descendants of arrivals on the Anna Watson, Jane Gifford, and Duchess of Argyle, who will find the ships' passenger lists published for the first time.


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