Book, Willie's First English Book, Part I

Colenso, William
George Didsbury, Government Printer
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A book written by William Colenso titled: Willie's First English Book, Part I, Ko te a-nui a wi, Wahi 1.

There are two title pages, one in English and one in Māori. The first reads: Willie's First English Book. Written for young Māori who can read their own Māori tongue, and who wish to learn the English language. In three parts. Part I. He shall be brought past the wearisome bitterness of his learning. The second reads: Lily; Ko te a-nui a wi, hei ako maana te reo ingirihi. Hei pukapuka whakaako tenei ma te tamariki Māori e matau ana ki te korero i te pukapuka Māori, a e hiahia ana ano kia mohio ki te reo ingirihi. Etoru oona wahi. Ko te wahi tuatahi tenei. Ma whero ma pango ka oti. Ma te kanohi miromiro.
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Hard cover; brown linen cover; printed on paper with black ink. Title imprinted and gilded on front cover.
Length x Width x Height: 178 x 112 x 19mm
Pono ... / Arawhata / Arawhata / tetera / Taylor, Inscription, Handwritten
takaPa / tuketi IIrirangi TaPaka / Native School / Tuketi naku tenei / pukapu I ... mai / ia hau i te 16 Onga / ... 1893, Inscription, Handwritten
H.B. ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, Stamp, Stamped
HBAS / HAWKES BAY / ART SOCIETY / This Book must / not be taken away, Bookplate, Printed
Tuketi Irirangi / TaPaka Native School / Iriro mai iahau Tenei / pukapuka I te tekau / ma 16, Inscription, Handwritten
(my grandfather) /
was a mining engineer / who on arrival in New Zealand / in about 1875 took over the / Native School at Waima / Mission, Hokianga. his wife's / brother the Rev. Wm Rowse / was the missioner there., Bookplate, Handwritten
Miss Wilson, Bookplate, Handwritten
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gifted by Miss E Wilson
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4576, 428 col, 66146


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