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This exceedingly scarce "Specimen" lexicon by William Colenso was published in 1898 by John Mackay. It is a first edition and contains entries in the Maori-English section of the letter "A", and in the English Maori section, sample entries from A to C. Apparently Colenso did not do any more work on it, and so the Lexicon was never completed. There's appendix correspondence with the "Native Minister" in which he talks about the difficulties he had with funding, which is why the project was not completed.

Condition is quite good, the binding is solid and good, hinges all intact, a bit of wrinkling to the front cover, and someone had a bit of an accident with some black ink on rear cover and page edges. A few very small seminary stamps, not serious, and a library classification number sellotaped to spine, otherwise pages clean.

I researched this book and found only three other copies online. They started at $400 and went up from there, so its evidently collectable.
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