Published by William Wells Gardner, London (1879). Hardback. Two volumes. First edition.
This two-volume biography of George Augustus Selwyn (1809-78), the first Anglican bishop of New Zealand, after whom Selwyn College, Cambridge, was later named, was published in 1879. Selwyn was ordained in 1834 and served as curate at Windsor while tutoring at Eton; in 1840, when New Zealand was declared an independent British colony, he was chosen as first bishop of the newly established diocese. The declared aim was to develop an Anglican organisation for the growing European settlement, while resisting too much state control, and by 1857 Selwyn had drafted a constitution for the Church of New Zealand which led eventually to disestablishment. A staunch defender of indigenous rights, he travelled widely throughout New Zealand and the Pacific islands, and subsequently played a leading role in the first Lambeth Conference.
CONDITION: Both volumes are in similar condition. Corners of boards bumped. Head and tail of spine scuffed and with very small tears. The text block is lightly browned and some of the pages are uneven. The binding is reasonably good but there are some sections which are weaker/half loose in some cases. Volume 1 has a stamp on the inside of the front board and a pasted label partly removed. Volume 2 also has the stamp but any label has already been removed. Both volumes have a very small number of light pencil marks.