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Mr Brett, the enterprising proprietor of the Auckland * Evening Star,' lias decided to issue by subscription a volume that shall be a fitting memorial of the approaching jubilee of the colony, and be at the same time a record as authentic and complete as can be obtained by culling information from all available sources of information ; and has placed the work of verification and compressment in the hands of the most eminent of the living men who have taken part in the colonisation of New Zealand. The volume, when finished, will contain close on 800 pages of printed matter, Ilia by BMn, and some idea of its magnitude may be gathered from the fact that already three years have been occupied in its preparation, and that only the first part, dealing'' with that period which preceded the proclamation of the British sovereignty, together with the incidents immediately following that event, and the founding of the various European settlements," is ready for issue from tho press. Among the contributors will be Sir George Grey, whose unpublished manuscripts will form no inconsiderable portion of the book; Judge Wilson, author of' The Story of To Waharoa'; Mr C. J. Wilson; the relatives of tho late C. F. Davis; W. Colenso, the official historian of the colony ; J. H. Wallace, of Wellington (the copyright of whoso labors, extending over forty years, have been purchased by Mr Brett), 11. A. Sherrin, and Baron De Thierry. In order to fulfil his promise that the book shall excel anything of the kind ever before attempted in the colony, special attention is being given to the illustrative portion, which will not only be unusually attractive, but be directed by the fine corps of eDgravers whose talents were first brought under our notice in the pages of 'Picturesque Australia.' In the first part aro no less than forty-five engravinga of various sizes; but among tho most striking of them may be mentioned half a dozen—to wit, Tasman's anchorage at Admiralty Bay, a portrait of Ciptain Cook, the ceremony of Hongi, Rangiheatea Pah, Coromandel bor. the Bay of Islands in 1820, and a portrait of "Johnny Jones." These and many others are produced with a degree of finish and amplitude of detail too often missed from this class of work, Then a number of most valuable records possessed only by the families of some of the pioneer settlers are reproduced, and a glance at the second volume shows that Mr Brett is anxious to make his history a standard one. As the work goes on the principal settlements will be illustrated by topographical maps showing the locations, as well as they can bo now fixed, of the pioneers; and to Mr Wallace has been assigned the duty of preparing a list of the early settlers brought down to 1845. And the publisher has asked us to intimate that ho will be greatly favored if the relatives of pioneer settlers in Otago will furnish him with any desirable information, so that this list shall bo as nearly perfect as possible. In every respect —letterpress, engravings, and binding—the jubilee history of New Zealand will be a veritable edition de luxe; and we can confidently affitm, with a knowledge of the price at which it is intended to be published, that subscribers will obtain full value for their money. Mr A. T. Kierle is the publisher's representative in this island, and we learn from him that ho has received very encouraging support in Dunedin. The list of subscribers is filling rapidly, and those who wish to obtain a thoroughly reliable history of the early colonisation of New Zealand should at once avail themselves of this opportunity, The first part of the book under notice is a highly creditable specimen of the immense advance the typographical art in this colony has made during this decade, and wo are confident that in its main features it will bear comparison with similar ventures in older countries. Mr Brett has evidently spared neither labor nor money in getting up the book, which will form a most interesting souvenir of the colony's jubilee,

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A JUBILEE HISTORY., Evening Star, Issue 7960, 16 July 1889

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A JUBILEE HISTORY. Evening Star, Issue 7960, 16 July 1889