The Peter Stratford Collection

Wednesday 8th April 2020

12.00pm - 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland

Following on from the success of three large and important single-vendor Rare Books auctions in 2019, Art+Object’s Rare Book Department announces that it will opens 2020 with another fine collection, the library of Peter Stratford, well-known local collector, researcher, historian and purveyor of rare books. Peter opened his book shop in Dominion Road in the 1980s and later transferred to the central city. He retired from the book trade in 1995 due to ill health and has now decided that the time has come for him to pass on his collection of books, manuscripts and documents to a new generation of collectors.

The collection is large and varied, with major items including:
- The original manuscript diary of Henry Nottidge Moseley [1844-1891], naturalist on the voyage of HMS Challenger 1872-1876. The circumnavigation of the screw corvette HMS Challenger has been described as marking the birth of modern Oceanography. Conducted just 13 years after Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of the Species’, the Challenger was tasked with constructing a fossil record that would test the new theory of evolution. The manuscript includes a daily diary, sketch maps and illustrations.
- Captain Thomas Capel Tilly, R.N., Master Mariner [1830-1900]. Original diary written while on service during the Crimean War.
- John Anstis [1669-1744] - Heraldic Collections M-S. Original 18th century manuscript, bound volume.
- A large collection of rare New Zealand books and early Maori printings, maps and documents many with associations to George Grey, C.M. Wakefield, William Yate, Edward Tregear, Johannes Andersen, H.G. Robley and others.

Other rare items include:
- Henry Brackenbury - The Nearest Guard, A History of Her Majesty’s Body Guard. London, 1892. Presentation copy to Mary of Teck, Queen Consort, with her book plate.
- John Callander, Terra Australis Cognita. Edinburgh: A. Donaldson 1766-1768. 3 volumes, first edition.
- John Hawkesworth - An Account of the voyages undertaken by order of His Present Majesty for making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere… London 1773.

Further selected entries are now invited until Friday 6 March.

The original manuscript diary of Henry Nottidge Moseley [1844-1891], naturalist on the voyage of HMS Challenger 1872-1876.


Sunday 5th April 11:00 - 16:00
Monday 6th April 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 7th April 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 8th April 09:00 - 11:00


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