MEADE, Herbert. A Ride Through the Disturbed Districts of New Zealand; together with some Account of the South Sea Islands … Edited by his Brother. London, Murray, 1870.
8vo. Contemporary full tree calf by Zaehnsdorf, spine with raised bands, ornamented in gilt in the compartments, contrasting morocco lettering-pieces, boards with gilt-stamped ornamental borders, inner dentelles filt, marbled edges and ednpapers; pp. x, , 375, chromo-lithographic frontispiece, three chromolithographic plates, illistrations n the text, two maps, one folding; re-backed at an early dated, extrenities worn, minimal spotting initially, folding map with damage due to earlier repair, still a good copy.
First edition. 'It is, on the face of it, strange that such an excursion should have been made at this time. By the end of 1864 there had been a lull of some months in the war with the Maoris, but the central Lake district had been deserted by the pakeha for over a year' (Taylor, Early Travellers in New Zealand pp. 420-426). 'After getting as far south as Waihaha, West Taupo, Meade himself attempted to return to Waikato outposts via Oruanui and Waipapa but was captured by Hauhaus. He was saved only through the intercession of Ahumai a thrice bayoneted woman veteran of Orakau. Much valuable information on the country and a rapidly changing pattern of loyalties, all graphically recounted' (Bagnall 3478). Other parts off the book are on to the author's travels to various islands in the South Pacific, including Solomon Islands, Norfolk Island, and Friendly Islands.