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The Story of Canterbury - A.H Reed

Hardcover with dust jacket, published by; A.H.Reed 1949. 326 pages with black & white illustrations & maps. Title page is missing but possibly a first edition as the preface is dated 1949.

This book portrays the Story of Canterbury from its beginnings in pre-settlement days until the close of the provincial era. We see the Maori coming down from the north in successive waves & occupying the coastal fringes of the land. We see the whalers come & go, the French settling in Akaroa, & intrepid "pre-Adamite" pioneers making good their footing on peninsula & plain.

We see the "Pilgrims" climbing the Bridle Path to view the Promised Land, the runholders driving their sheep farther & farther across treeless plains & up into the rugged high country; waste lands becoming fruitful, turbulent rivers bridged, mountains pierced; the bullock-wagon giving place to the coach, & that to the iron horse.

We see explorer & surveyor penetrating every nook & corner of the Province, surmounting a lofty barrier of snow and ice, & descending through precipitous gorges & rain-drenched forests to the golden river-beds & sands of the west coast.

Condition: Good condition inside with age related yellowing to page edges & there is a small piece of paper remnant on the first non-text page . Dust jacket has tatty edges at the top, edge wear, some minor marks & an old library reference number on the spine. Front inside flap has large stain. ( see photos)

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