The Christopher Parr Collection

Wednesday 26th June 2019

12.00pm - 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland

Art+Object are delighted to announce that one of the finest collections of early New Zealand printed material will be auctioned in Auckland on June 26, the collection of Christopher Parr.

Christopher has been collecting since he was 16 years old and his grandfather Sir James Parr, was four times mayor of Auckland and New Zealand High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Christopher’s interest in the History of Auckland and the far North were influenced by his long-standing family associations.

Christopher was Chairman of the Auckland Public Library Trust and took a keen and active interest in the Sir George Grey Special Collections. He also assisted in the compilation of the Turnbull Library Bibliography ‘Books in Maori’, providing information and giving them access to unique material from his collection.

Over a lifetime of collecting he has accumulated this collection of rare and early New Zealand documents, Maori proclamations, printings and books of National importance, many of which are genuinely irreplaceable. This auction gives the opportunity to acquire material unlikely to ever be seen on the market again.

Joseph Jenner Merrett
The Warrior Chieftains of New Zealand
watercolour featuring Hone Heke, Harriet, wife of Heke and Kawiti, authenticated by Anthony Murray Oliver
$15 000 - $22 000


Friday 21st June 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 22nd June 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 23rd June 11:00 - 16:00
Monday 24th June 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 25th June 09:00 - 17:00


Pam Plumbly, Rare Book Consultant
0800 80 60 01
+64 9 354 4646
+64 21 448 200
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