Wellington, New Zealand: A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1950. First Edition of 2,000 copies, comprising 1,750 in board covers and 250 cloth-bound, numbered copies, of which this is No. 250. Cloth. SIGNED by the editor/publisher, 8vo green cloth, several black & white reproductions of period illustrations, Foreword by Professor W. P. Morrell / Introduction by A. H. Reed who has Signed the volume, Mylar-protected red pictorial dust jacket (unclipped), 62 pages. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #3034
Very Good copy SIGNED by the editor in the scarce dust jacket (slightly frayed). Small collector's label at top of front pastedown.
SCARCE edition of a fugitive Dickens' publication dealing with New Zealand.
From the Black Rocks first appeared in May 1862 in Dickens’s All the Year Round. The 1950 ‘new’ edition on display was published by A. H. Reed, who was curious as to who wrote it. The story concerns ‘Henry,’ a clergyman living among Ngapuhi and his subsequent shipwreck on an island.
Thinking that the tale was based on a true story, Reed enquired at the Church Missionary Societies in New Zealand and London as to who ‘Henry’ was . . . but had no success.
A local Dunedin historian surmises that John White (1826-1891), author of The Ancient History of the Maori (1887-1890) and a great admirer of Dickens, may have written the story. --University of Otago summary abridged.