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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has surface rubbing, light fading to the spine area, and very small creasing to the top edge around the spine area. There is light age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover and to the first and last page. There is age spotting and browning to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 157 x 246 mm
Pages: 510
Publisher: Whitcoulls Publishers
Publication date: 1980 first edition


The Journal of Henry Sewell 1853-7: Volume 1
Edited by David McIntyre

Henry Sewell briefly became the first Premier of New Zealand under responsible government in 1856. His extensive `secret' Journal has long awaited publication. Though originally written as an open circular letter for friends and relatives in England, he willed that its contents should be kept dark until after his death. The manuscript was held in the safe keeping of successive bishops of Christchurch and it was not until the 1920s that it was passed on to the library of the University of Canterbury.

Today there is little obvious reason for such secrecy, though it remains a fascinating exercise to study the causes of Sewell's concern. On the contrary, the journal for the years now published in this edition, 1853-7, emerges as the most absorbing and undoubtedly the fullest private manuscript relating to New Zealand in the 1850s. It contains an enormous amount of eyewitness description and pungent comment on the two distinct levels of personal and public life. Sewell was a shrewd observer of all that was new and different on the colonial scene.


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