Manners and Customs of the New Zealanders; with notes corroborative of their habits, usages, etc, and Remarks to Intending Emigrants with numerous cuts drawn on wood

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Author: Polack, Joel Samuel (1807–1882)

Year: 1840

Publisher: James Madden & Co

Place: London

Description:

2 volumes: xxxiv+288 pages with foldout frontispiece map and 46 figures; xviii+304 pages with frontispiece, 23 figures and appendix. Octavo (8 1/4" x 5 1/4") bound in original boards with new spines and labels. (EJ XIII, 706-7) 1st edition.

Joel Samuel Polack (1807–1882) was the first Jewish settler in New Zealand, arriving in 1831.Polack was born in London, England on 28 March 1807 to Soloman and Sarah Polack. Originally from Holland, the family had settled in Ireland and then England where Soloman was a successful painter and engraver. Polack worked for the War Office (Commissariat and Ordnance) for four years, serving in South Africa and in Mauritius, before leaving to travel in America. In 1830 he joined his brother Abraham in New South Wales.In 1831 he arrived in New Zealand and settled in Hokianga, exploring the surrounding area as well as Poverty Bay and the East Cape. In 1832 he moved to Kororareka (now Russell) in the Bay of Islands, establishing a successful general store. In 1835 he built New Zealand's first brewery. Critical of Busby's weak administration he signed the 1837 petition requesting the British government assume responsibility for the protection and government of European settlers.He returned to England in 1837 and the following year his Kororareka store (which had been used against his wishes to store military and naval explosives) was destroyed in an explosion. He fought unsuccessfully for years for compensation. In 1838 he appeared before a House of Lords Select Committee advocating planned colonisation of New Zealand. (He believed that unorganised European settlement would destroy Mâori society.) He wrote two successful books based on his experiences in New Zealand, which he also illustrated. These books are an invaluable insight into pre-colonial New Zealand.This book was intended for European emigrants, but is an early and thoughtful account of Maori society.

Condition:

New spines with red morocco and gilt lettering, original boards, book plates to front paste downs, some edge wear to map else a very good set.

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