NEW ZEALAND'S BEST SELLER IN 1863!

NEW ZEALAND'S BEST SELLER IN 1863!

Thursday, Mar 28, 2024

Among the observers and participants familiar to us at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, was an Irishman, raconteur, trader, businessman & eventual Land Court Judge, Frederick Maning.

 He arrived in the Hokianga from Hobart in 1833, as a trader.   In 1840 when Hobson came to Hokianga to collect Treaty signatures, Maning spoke out against the signing, partly from a belief that English laws could not be forced upon Māori, and partly because of his concerns over possible restrictions in trade and land speculation (including his own!).

 His account is described in his highly popular ‘Old New Zealand’,  vigorous, musing, often fanciful, with the force of the tall Irishman’s character coming through on every page.  It is still a good read today.

 We are offering copies of the early editions of Maning’s book.  The first Auckland issue is particularly scarce.

[Maning, F.E.] Old New Zealand; A Tale of the Good Old Times. by a Pakeha Maori. Auckland. Creighton & Scales. 1863.

Ist edition

 

A second Auckland edition also in 1863

 

As was a a London edition the same year !

 

Plus  several other editions 1870 (in Danish),1871 (German) and other UK editions in 1876, 1884, 1887, 1900 etc