Book, Lake Taupo and Volcanoes

Cowan, James
Geddis & Blomfield
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A book titled Lake Taupo and Volcanoes: Scenes from Lake and Mountain and Tales from Māori Folk-Lore, written by James Cowan and illustrated by Thomas Ryan. This book was printed in 1901 by Geddis & Blomfield at the Observer Office, Wyndham Street, Auckland.

The contents include: Taupo township; The Lake; The Demons of the Lake; The Western Shores; The Troubles of Ngatitama; The Vengeance of Tutetawha; The Warriors of Taupo; Forest Craft of the Māoris; The Origin of the Name Taupo; Tokaanu and its Environs; Waihi and Te Rapa; The Historic Landslide; The Gods of the Māori; The Sacred Mere; Te Heuheu and his Ancestors; Te Heuheu's Death-Song; Our National Park; Told in the Wharepuni; The Ascent of Tongariro; Ngauruhoe Volcano; Ruapehu Mountain; and The Fight at Te Porere.

Located towards the back of the book are advertisements for hotels, sanitariums and coach lines servicing the Taupo region.
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Light blue softcover; stapled; printed in black ink on paper.
Height x Width: 185 x 125mm
Hawkes Bay Art Society, Bookplate, Printed
To R Duncan Esq with compliments of T Ryan, Inscription, Handwritten
Two arrow stamp, Stamp
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from the Russell Duncan Collection
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919.314 Cow, 1481, 37049


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