Godley Gifts

Godley Gifts

Book - 2007
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Part one of Godley Gifts consists of seven essays commissioned from actor/writer, David McPhail, to set the artworks of Godley Gifts in their historical context, including essays on the lives of John Robert Godley, his wife Charlotte, and his son Arthur, and an essay on James Edward FitzGerald. Part one also contains extensive photographic material, much of it published here for the first time. Part two of Godley Gifts is a brilliant work of imagination by author and artist, James Edward FitzGerald, Canterbury's first Superintendant and New Zealand's first Premier. Seadrift, the adventures of a yacht, is the first illustrated children's book written in New Zealand, and it was gifted to John Arthur Godley, the young son of Canterbury's founder. It was begun in Christchurch in 1851 and sent to Arthur in England in 1858. It is here published as an exact replica copy and no further such copies will ever again be reproduced. Part three of Godley Gifts reproduces - also for the first time - a collection of FitzGerald's watercolours, with which he created a farewell gift for his friend, John Robert Godley, when the Godleys returned home to England. The collection is a story in itself, of FitzGerald's voyage to the new colony and of early Canterbury scenes that he chose and painted to remind Godley of many achievements and happy times, in the infant Canterbury colony that he had founded.
"Seadrift" is the story of a schooner and its adventures on the seas.
Publisher: [Christchurch, N.Z. : John Robert Godley Memorial Trust, 2007]
Branch Call Number: 993.8 GOD
Characteristics: 1 portfolio (3 v.) :,ill. (some col.) ;,19 x 27 cm. in box 30 x 34 x 7 cm.
Custom Field2: Includes picture story book for children.
Title from spine of portfolio.
Imprint details from p. [4], Essays vol.
"Editor: Anna Rogers ... design: Redhaus Typo-Graphics ... Printer: Rainbow Print ... Binder: Cover to Cover"--P. [4], Essays vol.
Limited edition of 100 copies and 10 printers proofs. Library has no. 59.
Binding. Essays vol.: 1/4 red grained morocco, blind tooled spine borders, gold tooled spine bands, red linen boards with title tooled in gilt on cover, beige endpapers. Seadrift vol.: 1/4 dark green grained morocco, blind tooled spine borders, gold tooled spine bands, dark green linen boards. Watercolours vol.: 1/4 red grained morocco, blind tooled spine borders, gold tooled spine bands, red linen boards with title tooled in gilt on cover. Accompanied by black cardboard folder printed in gilt with Godley coat of arms containing white cotton gloves, 2 sheets of black card with Godley coat of arms blind stamped in centre, and prospectus ([12] p. ; 19 x 26 cm.). In dark green linen solander box, upper cover tooled in blind with Godley coat of arms, blind tooled black grained morocco spine with title tooled in gilt, lined with black velvet.
Includes bibliographical references (final p. of Essays vol.).
Pt. I. Essays / by David McPhail -- pt. II. A facsimile of 'Seadrift' / written and illustrated by J.E. Fitzgerald -- pt. III. The contents of a watercolour album / drawn and compiled by J.E. Fitzgerald, with contemporary writings and historical notes, selected by David McPhail.
Gift; John Robert Godley Memorial Trust; 16 Dec. 2009.

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