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Songs Unsung. Johannes C Andersen. Undated (1903) 1st edition, Limited edition. Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch

Limited edition of 550 copies
Listed in Bagnall


Johannes C Andersen came to NZ from Denmark in 1874 as a child and later worked for the Department of Lands and Survey in Canterbury
Moving to Wellington he became prominent in The Polynesian Society and was the first Librarian of the Alexander Turnbull Library
He studied poetry, Maori place names, history and music, NZ flora and fauna; made journeys with Elsdon Best and Te Rangi Hiroa; and was the author of many authoritative NZ history books

He wrote a lot of poetry and this was the first book of his poems to be published
Some of the poems are:
Rosemary and Rue; Pikiarero, Yellow Clematis; The Sharing of the Earth; Twilight and the Makomako; Waterfall and the Piwakawaka; In the Forest; Home-Echoes; etc


167pp; b/w photo frontis shows portrait of the author; index to first lines; hard covers, gilt lettering; good condition; browned decaled edges; someone has written a pencil notation on the title page re reference to Bagnall
Covers: marks on front; corners sl bumped; sl wear spine tail; wear spine head; spine sunned
Inside clean and tidy

Very scarce


Text Copyright 2014
Collectible Books, Napier




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