Rare Books

Tuesday 14 December 2021

Rare Books

12:00PM 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland

Art+Object is happy to report from their final Rare Book Auction of the year 2021, a total of $176 997. The year has presented many obvious challenges for all of us and it has been satisfying to play a small part in a period of growth for the wider New Zealand book market and to finish 2021 on a high note.

This was our second online book auction and some of the outstanding results were:

Lot 68. James Busby Broadside – Victoria Store, Victoria, Bay of Island. [Ca 1840].


Lot 69. The Schooner ‘Enterprise’ - Bill of Lading with the manuscript invoice for the goods shipped at Sydney being sent to Missionary Revd N. Turner. The ‘Enterprise’ was wrecked at Whangape 3rd May 1828.


Lot 70. John Bumby, Missionary – Archive of letters and documents including the Communication respecting the Rev. J.H. Bumby’s Death sent to the Missionary Society, 1840.


Lot 74. Wiremu Tamihana – Contemporary copies of letters signed by E. Shortland, warning Governor Grey of the dangers approaching [1863]. Manuscript letters relating to the Waikato Land War.


Lot 270. Manuscript letters relating H.M.S. Beagle – Letters from Thomas Burgess, Royal Marine on H.M.S. Beagle to his Father.


Lot 152. Rainer Maria Rilke – Duineser Elegian. Cranach & Hogarth Press 1931. Translated and signed by Vita and Edward Sackville West.


Lot 124. Poster: Maurice Sendak - Where the Wild Things Are. Scholastic Book Services 1969.


Lot 32. Edward Gibbon Wakefield- Adventure in New Zealand from 1839 to 1844.


Lot 105. Twenty two autographs of members of the British Antarctic expedition 1913, Terra Nova R.Y.S.


Prices include buyers premium and GST.

Our first sale for 2022 will be held in March, it includes Part II of Richards Nunns collection and features his books relating to Maori music, history and ethnography.

We are also privileged to be offering books from the historic home of ‘Lethenty’ in the small town of Bulls, home of Major Robert A. Wilson D.S.O. author and historian, of particular interest are his ornithology and hunting books as well as a lovely collection of Edwardian Victorian children’s books.

Entries for this sale are invited.

Inquiries to Pam Plumbly


Mobile 021 448200.

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