3 Books, 3 Scholars seminar Tuesday 28 September 2010 – John Ross, Heeni Collins, Catherine Falconer-Grey

John Ross

John Ross, Massey University
Early printing ornaments

Title: The ecclesiastical history [up to 870] of M. L’Abbe Fleury, with the chronology of M. Tillemont.
Author: Fleury, Claude, 1640-1723. Contributor: Le Nain de Tillemont, Louis-Sebastien, 1637-1698.
Publisher: London : Printed by T. Wood for James Crokatt, 1727-1732.
Description: 5 v. ; 27 cm. (4to)
Notes: Vols. 1-2, translated by H. Herbert, v.3-5, translated by G. Adams, published by W. Innys.
Callmark: BR143 F618 E

“The JCBR copy of Vol. I of Fleury’s Ecclesiastical history . . . (1727-32) has been of special value for my research because within its preliminaries sheets I found three ornaments used by the London printer Samuel Palmer (active 1717-32), about whom I have been working on a book-length study, now awaiting publication. If I had not had the chance to inspect this copy, here, I would have had no idea Palmer had contributed anything to this edition.
More generally, this edition is an exemplar for three book production modes much used in the 1720s: shared printing; publication in parts; and publication by subscription. I will speak about these modes, about some fishhooks in the use of ornament-evidence, and about how working with the late Don McKenzie led into the Palmer project.”

Heeni Collins

Heeni Collins, Ngati Raukawa, Researcher/writer
Demon or Hero?

Adventure in New Zealand, from 1839-1844 / by E. J. Wakefield, (London, 1845).  2 vols.
Callmark: Fildes 238-239
Book of the Maori chiefs / by Cowan, James, 1870-1943.
Publisher: Wellington, N.Z. : Texas Company (Australasia), [1933]. Description: [16] p. : col. ports. ; 26 cm.
Callmark: DU401 1930-9 Box18, 14

“Heeni looks at a range of literary sources, some of which can be found in the Beaglehole room, in relation to their portrayal of and attitude towards Te Rauparaha.  These include EJ Wakefield’s Adventure in New Zealand (1845), an early educational reader, a booklet sponsored by Texaco, and more recent books such as those by Patricia Burns and Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal. She has also written a book of her own – Ka Mate, Ka Ora – The Spirit of Te Rauparaha!, recently released.”

Catherine Falconer-Grey

Catherine Falconer-Gray, Postgraduate, History
Representing Maori

The New Zealanders illustrated / by George French Angas (1822-1886).
Publisher: London : Thomas M’Lean, 1847.
Description: [12] p., [60] leaves, 60 leaves of col. plates ; 55 cm.
Notes: Originally published in 10 pts. Added engraved t.p.: London : Published for the proprietor by Thomas McLean, 1846.
Callmark: Fildes 1770 or DU423.2 A581 N

“George French Angas – artist, naturalist and travel writer – arrived in New Zealand in 1844 and for six months travelled around the country, documenting ‘the Aboriginal Inhabitants.’  One of the outcomes of this journey was the publication of New Zealanders Illustrated. This lavish collection of coloured lithographs was a very expensive production and was aimed at the elite of British society.
Examining the ways that Angas was representing Maori in this work is an important part of understanding the colonial encounter in New Zealand.”

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