Manuscript, 1882. New Zealand. Mr Colenso's Māori-English Lexicon (specimen of)

Colenso, William
George Didsbury, Government Printer
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A large document, predominantly handwritten, with printed segments annotated and adhered to pages in the document, most bound into twelve parts. The document has a printed title page that reads: Manuscript, 1882. New Zealand. Mr Colenso's Māori-English Lexicon (Specimen.) Presented to both Houses of the General Assembly by Command of His Excellency. A comprehensive dictionary of the New Zealand Tongue; including mythical, mythological, taboo or sacred, genealogical, proverbial, poetical, topological, sacerdotal, incantatory, natural-history, idiomatical, abbreviated, tribal, and other names and terms of and allusions to persons, things, acts and places in ancient times; also, showing their affinities with cognate Polynesian dialects and foreign languages; with copious pure Māori examples. Part I. - Māori-English. Part II. - English-Māori. In Magnis et voluisse sat est. (Est quoddam prodire tenus, si non datur ultra) Wellington. By Authority: George Didsbury, Government Printer. 1882.

The document has been grouped and labelled into the following sections:
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a) Māori Lexicon. A. pp. 1-30. I. (1-35 handwritten, hand numbered pages bound by staple)
A Comprehensive Dictionary of the New Zealand Tongue. (printed captions adhered to sheets of paper with annotations and handwriting, 1-12 hand numbered pages, loose leaves)
b) Māori Lexicon. A. pp. 31-60. II. (36-60 handwritten, hand numbered pages)
c) Unbound section beginning with the word Akatea (61-74 handwritten, hand numbered pages, loose leaves)
d) Section beginning with the word Akito (75-113 handwritten, hand numbered pages)
e) Māori Lexicon. A. pp. 91-120. IV. (114-120 handwritten, hand numbered pages)
f) Māori Lexicon. A. pp. 121-150. V. (121-150 handwritten, hand numbered pages)
g) Section beginning with the word Arawaapu (151-152 handwritten, hand numbered pages)
h) Section beginning with the phrase: 2. To be named from any circumstance or thing. (153-174 handwritten, hand numbered pages)
i) Māori Lexicon. A. pp. 151-180. VI. (175-183 handwritten, hand numbered pages)
j) Māori Lexicon. A. pp. 181-217. VII. (184-217 printed captions adhered to sheets of paper with annotations and handwriting, hand numbered pages)
k) Māori Lexicon. A. pp. 211-249. VIII. (218-249 handwritten, hand numbered pages)
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Handwritten pages in black ink on lined blue paper, paper printed in black ink adhered to handwritten blue pages. Several of the segments are bound with a metal stud top left hand corner.
Length x Width x Height: 331 x 208 x 65mm
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gifted by Mrs W P Mitchell
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45/372, 66245
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