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DEFOE, DANIEL. - The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, ... Translated into the New Zealand Language under the direction of the Government. [He Korero Tipuna Pakeha No Mua, Ko Ropitini Kuruho, Tona Ingoa.]

Wellington, printed at the Independant Office 1852. Octavo, contemporary cloth with the original printed wrappers bound in; [8],157pp and four lithograph plates by T.S. Ralph. Separate title pages in Maori and English. Neatly annotated with paragraphs marked with red dots, sections numbered in pencil and some authoritive looking corrections to the text. An attractive copy. ¶ I gather from the preface that it was decided that Robinson Crusoe so accords with Maori narrative that it is likely "to be within their comprehension." It should have been a welcome respite from all the scripture offered by the missionaries but according to 'Books in Maori' fiction was not valued. I think it was while before anything so frivolous was offered again. An early entrant for secular literature in any Pacific language, it is an abridgement, translated by H. Tacy Kemp. I'm told there are some small but not insignificant changes to passages about Crusoe and Friday.
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