The Old-Time Maori.
Collected and Edited with a Biography by T. K. Penniman.
First edition, first impression, of the “first extensive published ethnographic work by a Maori scholar” (Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, online). Makereti sailed to London in 1911 as part of a travelling exhibition of Maori culture and chose to remain in the country. “In 1926 [she] enrolled as a student at the University of Oxford to study for a BSc in anthropology. A lifetime collection of notes, journals and diaries was collated and rewritten for her thesis. The same year she journeyed back to New Zealand to consult her elders on the content of her work and gain their approval. On 16 April 1930, just two weeks before her thesis was due for examination, Makereti died suddenly at Oxford … Makereti’s thesis was published eight years after her death by T. K. Penniman, secretary of the anthropology committee at Oxford University … The old-time Maori … gives an account and analysis of the customs of Te Arawa from the point of view of a woman. It covers many aspects of daily life, including child-rearing and family relationships, which were generally ignored or treated superficially by male writers on Maori society” (idem). Highly uncommon in this condition with the dust jacket.
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Octavo. Original black cloth, titles to spine gilt. With the dust jacket. 24 photographic plates. A few very light dents to boards, a small amount of foxing to edges but an excellent copy in the slightly soiled dust jacket.