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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket is fitted with an archival wrap. The dust jacket has a large piece torn from the top edge, heavy wear and tearing to the edges, tanning, and heavy discolouring and creasing. Thirty seven pages have light to heavy creasing in the top outside corner, and 1 page in the index has light discolouring in the margin. There is age spotting to the inside of the front and back cover, to the first and last page, and to the edges of the compressed pages. There is a name and line of writing in blue pen at the top of the first page. The rest of the pages are clean and bright. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 160 x 253 mm.
Pages: 491
Publisher: A.H & A.W. Reed Ltd.
Publication date: 1974 reprint


Treasury of Maori Folklore
By A.W. Reed

The majestic sweep of Maori tradition moves through the pages of this book; here, for the first time, is a full collection of the myths, legends, and religious beliefs of the New Zealand Maori.

Maori folklore and legend has its own peculiar quality, being closely allied to nature in all its manifestations, and with a depth of thought and of religious feeling which is an important part of Maori life. No other book has attempted to make such a wide collection, to show the variations in well-known legends amongst different tribes, and to gather lesser-known stories within the covers of one volume.

Where other books have compared the legends of the New Zealand Maori with those of other islands of Polynesia, none have attempted to cover the wealth of folk tales of New Zealand in one volume. Especially interesting are the South Island versions, which rarely appear in book form.


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