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Title   Amassing Treasures for All Times : Sir George Grey Colonial Bookman & Collector 

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Author   KERR D  ISBN   9781877372216  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Otago University Press  Group   New Zealand View shopping cart
Binding   Hardback Category   Non-Fiction  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2006 
Stock Status   Currently in stock 
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Synopsis Sir George Grey, governor of New Zealand, South Australia and the Cape Colony, was an outstanding British colonial statesman in the nineteenth century. Brilliant and inscrutable, Grey, who was in contact with key Victorians from Darwin to Whately throughout his life, played a central role in overseeing the development of British colonies into politically autonomous entities. Less well-known of Grey is that he was also an obsessive collector of rare books and artefacts, which he selflessly bequeathed to the people he governed. This study, written by a former librarian of the Auckland Grey Collection, sheds desperately needed light on the genius and magnanimity of an increasingly controversial figure, demonstrating the complex humanity underlying his apparent remoteness. It is the first study on Grey of its kind.

Table of Contents:
1 Introduction
2 Birth, Early Beginnings and the 'White Bear'
3 Sandhurst and Ireland
4 'Natural history is my only recreation here'
5 A 'National Loss' after Adelaide, south Australia
6 Indigenous Language Collecting in New Zealand
7 Collection and Dispersal
8 Indigenous Language Collecting at the Cape
9 Procuring Black Letter Books and Poetry
10 Cape Town's Munificent Gift
11 Boone's Catalogues of 1862 and 1863
12 Kawau Island, England and Home Again, 1862 to 1888
13 Private Library to Public Collection
14 A Rich Harvest from Local Sources of Supply
15 Later Purchases and Presentation Copies
16 The Grey Legacy

About the Author:
Donald Jackson Kerr is Special Collections Librarian at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His doctoral thesis, from which this book is partly drawn, looked at Grey's strategies as a collector of rare books in the colonies he governed, and at the network of associations which he established with many of the prominent booksellers of his times. Dr Kerr was formerly Rare Books Librarian at the Auckland Public Library, which houses New Zealand's Grey Collection. He has recently edited a collection of essays called Enduring Legacy: Charles Brasch, Patron, Poet & Collector (Otago2003).

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