A View of the Art of Colonization with Present Reference to the British Empire in Letters Between a Statesman and a Colonist
London: John W. Parker, 1849. A very nice rebound copy of this work. First edition. Bound in half brown leather with marbled boards. Clean and tidy with very slight rubbing only. The text block is clean, if fractionally darkened. Errata slip present. 230 by 150mm (9 by 6 inches). xxiv, 1-514, 6 (ads). pp. A classic work in the theory of colonization. Wakefield proposes among other things the creation of a colony in New Zealand to be administered by the Church of England, thus disarming missionary opposition. In fact, the first emigrant ships left for the Canterbury settlement in 1850, and Wakefield himself left for New Zealand in 1853, eventually settling in Wellington.