My Borrowings from the Bodleian Libraries, 2018-19

Bodleian Library Borrowings Oxford

At the beginning of my time in Oxford I came across this book, “Walter Pater’s reading: a bibliography of his library borrowings and literary references, 1858-1873.” Billie Andrew Inman reconstructed as best as possible Pater’s borrowings from a few of Oxford’s libraries that had kept records—and what resulted was an amazing portrait of the development of a mind.

Mostly for my own sake, I thought I’d publish here a list of my own requests from Bodleian Libraries between September 2018 and June 2019. The list is only partial: it does not include any books I’ve referred to on the open stacks of library shelves (so this is a major omission), nor books I’ve bought or which are held in college libraries. It only includes books I had to request from the Bodleian’s off-site, closed stack materials. But despite it being partial I think it might be a valuable reminder to me of my time in Oxford, and perhaps of interest to others.

Scrolling through this list myself, certain themes stand out clearly: an overriding obsession with New Zealand, and a growing interest in NZ’s early history; book history and the history of printing; and art, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, which I wrote about for my dissertation. Maybe others might see different themes and connections to which I’m blind. Certainly some of this reading has already appeared on this blog, for instance: In Search of Disappointment Island; Alexander Turnbull and New Zealand’s Library; and Printing and Typography in New Zealand: A Short Bibliography.

Apologies for the awkward formatting and sometimes truncated titles. This is the only form in which I could export my borrowings. And for those interested in the last line of each book, where the library is written: the Weston Library is the Bodleian’s rare books and manuscripts library, so is where I had to refer to older materials; the Radcliffe Camera is the history faculty’s library, but which I also used most often as a reading room; and the Sackler is the art library. Finally, there are some truly odd titles in here (something about Scottish peerage succession?): sometimes pamphlets would come bound in big groups, and the title here refers to the first item in the bundle, not necessarily the thing I was reading.


My Bodleian Borrowings, September 2018 – June 2019

1

The British colonization of New Zealand : being an account of the principles, objects, and plans of

Wakefield, Edward Jerningham, 1820-1879.

Return Date: 28/06/19, 15:07

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

2

Busby of Waitangi : H. M.’s resident at New Zealand, 1833-40 /

Ramsden, Eric, 1898-1962

Return Date: 28/06/19, 15:07

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

3

The New Zealanders. Illustrated: by George French Angas.

Angas, George French, 1822-1886.

Return Date: 28/06/19, 15:56

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

4

A select list of books printed between 1501 and 1800 in the library’s collection

Greenmeadows mount st. Mary’s seminary, libr.

Return Date: 27/06/19, 08:54

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

5

Advice on establishing a library. /

Naudé, Gabriel, 1600-1653.

Return Date: 27/06/19, 08:53

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

6

The fascinating folly : Dr. Hocken and his fellow collectors /

McCormick, E. H. (Eric Hall), 1906-1995.

Return Date: 27/06/19, 08:53

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

7

A grammar and vocabulary of the language of New Zealand /

Kendall, Thomas, 1778?-1832

Return Date: 28/06/19, 15:07

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

8

Description of a view of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, and the surrounding country /

Return Date: 28/06/19, 15:07

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

9

Heaphy : Iain Sharp.

Return Date: 29/06/19, 10:03

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

10

Early imprints in New Zealand libraries : a finding list of books printed before 1801 held in librar

Return Date: 29/06/19, 10:03

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

11

Mass civilisation and minority culture /

Leavis, F. R. (Frank Raymond), 1895-1978.

Return Date: 30/05/19, 09:25

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

12

An account of New Zealand : and of the formation and progress of the Church Missionary Society’s mis

Yate, William.

Return Date: 24/05/19, 08:30

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

13

Journal of the Resolution’s voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775 : On discovery to the Southern Hem

Cook, James, 1728-1779.

Return Date: 24/05/19, 08:30

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

14

Some account of New Zealand.

Savage, John surgeon. pre20

Return Date: 21/05/19, 08:59

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

15

Extract of a letter … to an influential character here on the advantages to be derived from the es

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:00

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

16

Narrative of a voyage to New Zealand, : performed in the years 1814 and 1815, in company with the Re

Nicholas, John Liddiard, author.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:00

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

17

Travels in New Zealand : with contributions to the geography, geology, botany, and natural history o

Dieffenbach, Ernst, 1811-1855.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:00

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

18

Narrative of a voyage to New Zealand, : performed in the years 1814 and 1815, in company with the Re

Nicholas, John Liddiard, author.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:00

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

19

Fauna of New Zealand : materials towards a fauna of New Zealand, Auckland Island, and Chatham Island

Travels in New Zealand

Return Date: 21/05/19, 16:37

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

20

The life of James K. Baxter /

McKay, F. M. (Francis Michael)

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:45

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

21

Journal of Captain Cook’s last voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery : performed in the years 17

Rickman, John, officer on board the Discovery.

Return Date: 02/07/19, 13:20

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

22

An account of New Zealand : and of the formation and progress of the Church Missionary Society’s mis

Yate, William.

Return Date: 21/06/19, 08:30

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

23

The end of the history of art? /

Belting, Hans.

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:20

Upper Gladstone Link

24

The new art history : a critical introduction /

Harris, Jonathan (Jonathan P.)

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:20

Upper Gladstone Link

25

Critical terms for art history /

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:20

Upper Gladstone Link

26

Art history : a critical introduction to its methods /

Hatt, Michael, 1960- author.

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:20

Upper Gladstone Link

27

Orientalism /

Said, Edward W., author.

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:20

Upper Gladstone Link

28

The art of art history : a critical anthology /

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:20

Upper Gladstone Link

29

Image of the people : Gustave Courbet and the 1848 revolution /

Clark, T. J. (Timothy J.)

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:20

Upper Gladstone Link

30

The social history of art /

Hauser, Arnold, 1892-1978.

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:20

Upper Gladstone Link

31

Patterson : houses of Aotearoa.

Return Date: 06/05/19, 16:32

Sackler Library Desk

32

Whare karakia : Māori church building, decoration & ritual in Aotearoa New Zealand, 1834-1863 /

Sundt, Richard Alfred.

Return Date: 06/05/19, 16:32

Sackler Library Desk

33

Modernities : a geohistorical interpretation /

Taylor, Peter J. (Peter James), 1944-

Return Date: 06/05/19, 16:32

Sackler Library Desk

34

Planetary modernisms : provocations on modernity across time /

Friedman, Susan Stanford, author.

Return Date: 06/05/19, 16:32

Sackler Library Desk

35

William Mason : the first New Zealand architect.

Stacpoole, John.

Return Date: 29/04/19, 15:52

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

36

An introduction to New Zealand painting 1839-1967 /

Brown, Gordon H., 1931-

Return Date: 24/04/19, 09:08

Sackler Library Desk

37

Cosmopolitan style : modernism beyond the nation /

Walkowitz, Rebecca L., 1970-

Return Date: 24/04/19, 09:08

Sackler Library Desk

38

The elegant shed : New Zealand architecture since 1945 /

Mitchell, David.

Return Date: 24/04/19, 09:09

Sackler Library Desk

39

New Zealand architecture : from Polynesian beginnings to 1990 /

Shaw, Peter, 1946-

Return Date: 24/04/19, 09:04

Sackler Library Desk

40

Ruth, Roger and me : debts and legacies /

Dean, Andrew, 1988- author.

Return Date: 27/04/19, 16:17

Social Science Library

41

Hard frost : structures of feeling in New Zealand literature, 1908-1945 /

Newton, John, 1959- author.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:45

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

42

Architecture and its interpretation : a study of expressive systems in architecture /

Bonta, Juan Pablo.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:02

Sackler Library Desk

43

New Zealand architecture : from Polynesian beginnings to 1990 /

Shaw, Peter, 1946-

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:03

Sackler Library Desk

44

Routledge handbook of cosmopolitanism studies /

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:03

Sackler Library Desk

45

Nationalism and social theory : modernity and the recalcitrance of the nation /

Delanty, Gerard.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:05

Sackler Library Desk

46

State housing in New Zealand /

Firth, Cedric.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:06

Sackler Library Desk

47

The elegant shed : New Zealand architecture since 1945 /

Mitchell, David.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:06

Sackler Library Desk

48

Architecture, 1820-1970 /

Stacpoole, John, author.

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:05

Sackler Library Desk

49

Constructing place : mind and matter /

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:06

Sackler Library Desk

50

Cosmopolitan style : modernism beyond the nation /

Walkowitz, Rebecca L., 1970-

Return Date: 21/05/19, 09:06

Sackler Library Desk

51

English printed books to 1700 in the Alexander Turnbull library.

Alexander Turnbull Library.

Return Date: 29/06/19, 10:03

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

52

The oldest manuscripts in New Zealand /

Taylor, David M. (David Mortimer)

Return Date: 29/06/19, 10:09

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

53

Cook’s Strait, New Zealand: Compiled from the charts of Captain Cook and the more recent English and

Return Date: 01/07/19, 09:09

Weston RBMSS (Collect at RR1)

54

The book revolution /

Escarpit, Robert, 1918-2000

Return Date: 01/07/19, 09:22

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

55

Alexander Turnbull : his life, his circle, his collections /

McCormick, E. H. (Eric Hall), 1906-1995.

Return Date: 01/07/19, 09:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

56

The Turnbull : a library and its world /

Barrowman, Rachel, 1963-

Return Date: 01/07/19, 09:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

57

Meetings with remarkable manuscripts /

Hamel, Christopher de, author.

Return Date: 01/07/19, 09:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

58

Religio medici /

Browne, Thomas, Sir, 1605-1682.

Return Date: 28/06/19, 14:26

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

59

Some account of New Zealand.

Savage, John surgeon. pre20

Return Date: 28/06/19, 14:26

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

60

A narrative of a nine months’ residence in New Zealand in 1827 : together with a journal of a reside

Earle, Augustus.

Return Date: 02/07/19, 13:19

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

61

Art and illusion : a study in the psychology of pictorial representation /

Gombrich, E. H. (Ernst Hans), 1909-2001.

Return Date: 27/06/19, 12:21

Upper Gladstone Link

62

The architect’s handbook of professional practice /

American Institute of Architects, author.

Return Date: 18/06/19, 09:58

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

63

New Zealand in 1842; or, The effects of a bad government on a good country, in a letter to … lord

Return Date: 10/06/19, 15:43

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

64

Travels in New Zealand : with contributions to the geography, geology, botany, and natural history o

Dieffenbach, Ernst, 1811-1855.

Return Date: 10/06/19, 15:43

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

65

Travels in New Zealand : with contributions to the geography, geology, botany, and natural history o

Dieffenbach, Ernst, 1811-1855.

Return Date: 10/06/19, 15:43

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

66

Narrative of a voyage to New Zealand, : performed in the years 1814 and 1815, in company with the Re

Nicholas, John Liddiard, author.

Return Date: 10/06/19, 16:03

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

67

Narrative of a voyage to New Zealand, : performed in the years 1814 and 1815, in company with the Re

Nicholas, John Liddiard, author.

Return Date: 10/06/19, 16:03

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

68

Architect’s essentials of ownership transition /

Piven, Peter.

Return Date: 18/06/19, 09:57

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

69

The architect’s handbook of professional practice : update 2006 /

Return Date: 18/06/19, 09:57

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

70

Adventure in New Zealand, from 1839 to 1844 : with some account of the beginning of the British colo

Wakefield, Edward Jerningham, 1820-1879

Return Date: 17/06/19, 10:44

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

71

The dynamics of cultural nationalism : the Gaelic revival and the creation of the Irish nation state

Hutchinson, John, 1949-

Return Date: 18/04/19, 16:37

Sackler Library Desk

72

MIHI : collected poems /

Tuwhare, Hone, 1922-2008

Return Date: 12/04/19, 09:01

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

73

Les collections de l’Extrême-Orient : (Inde-Turkestan-Chine-Japon) /

Migeon, Gaston, 1861-1930.

Return Date: 16/04/19, 09:57

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

74

A new history of the humanities : the search for principles and patterns from Antiquity to the prese

Bod, Rens, 1965- author.

Return Date: 16/04/19, 09:58

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

75

Farewell to an idea : episodes from a history of modernism /

Clark, T. J. (Timothy J.)

Return Date: 16/04/19, 09:58

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

76

Modernities : a geohistorical interpretation /

Taylor, Peter J. (Peter James), 1944-

Return Date: 12/04/19, 09:00

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

77

Community and privacy : toward a new architecture of humanism /

Chermayeff, Serge, 1900-1996

Return Date: 08/04/19, 18:32

Sackler Library Desk

78

Art history after modernism /

Belting, Hans.

Return Date: 08/04/19, 18:32

Sackler Library Desk

79

Coast, country, neighbourhood, city /

Return Date: 08/04/19, 18:32

Sackler Library Desk

80

Spatialities : the geographies of art and architecture /

Return Date: 08/04/19, 18:33

Sackler Library Desk

81

The condition of postmodernity : an enquiry into the origins of cultural change /

Harvey, David, 1935-

Return Date: 27/04/19, 16:17

Social Science Library

82

Making peoples : a history of the New Zealanders : from Polynesian settlement to the end of the nine

Belich, James, 1956-

Return Date: 28/04/19, 13:19

Upper Gladstone Link

83

The New Zealand wars and the Victorian interpretation of racial conflict /

Belich, James, 1956-

Return Date: 28/04/19, 13:20

Upper Gladstone Link

84

Adventure in New Zealand, from 1839 to 1844 : with some account of the beginning of the British colo

Wakefield, Edward Jerningham, 1820-1879.

Return Date: 28/04/19, 13:02

Upper Gladstone Link

85

Katherine Mansfield’s New Zealand /

O’Sullivan, Vincent.

Return Date: 25/04/19, 08:42

Sackler Library Desk

86

Planetary modernisms : provocations on modernity across time /

Friedman, Susan Stanford, author.

Return Date: 24/04/19, 09:09

Sackler Library Desk

87

The Oxford handbook of global modernisms /

Return Date: 24/04/19, 09:09

Sackler Library Desk

88

Old Wellington days : an intimate diary, to which is appended the ships of Wellington the Wellington

Lawlor, Pat, 1893-1979.

Return Date: 24/04/19, 09:09

Sackler Library Desk

89

Te Ao Tawhito : the old world 3000 BC – AD 1830 /

Anderson, Atholl, author.

Return Date: 18/04/19, 16:36

Sackler Library Desk

90

Unseasonable youth : modernism, colonialism, and the fiction of development /

Esty, Joshua, 1967-

Return Date: 18/04/19, 16:36

Sackler Library Desk

91

Arts in New Zealand.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

92

Te ao hou : the new world.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 16:37

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

93

Te ao hou : the new world.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 16:37

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

94

Arts in New Zealand.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 16:42

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

95

Arts in New Zealand.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 16:42

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

96

Arts in New Zealand.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 16:42

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

97

The city of the Strait : Wellington and its province ; a centennial history /

Mulgan, Alan, 1881-1962

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:24

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

98

Abel Janszoon Tasman’s journal of his discovery of Van Diemens Land and New Zealand in 1642 : with d

Tasman, Abel Janszoon, 1603?-1659.

Return Date: 01/04/19, 09:59

Weston David (RR3)

99

Remarks upon a pamphlet entitled “The Taranaki question, by Sir William Martin … late Chief Justic

Busby, James, 1801-1871.

Return Date: 21/03/19, 14:46

Weston David (RR3)

100

The Making of Wellington, 1800-1914 /

Return Date: 22/03/19, 09:26

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

101

An historical collection of the several voyages and discoveries in the south Pacific ocean.

Dalrymple, Alexander. pre20

Return Date: 21/03/19, 15:18

Weston David (RR3)

102

Journal of the Resolution’s voyage, in 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775 : On discovery to the Southern Hem

Cook, James, 1728-1779.

Return Date: 21/03/19, 16:04

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

103

An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His present Majesty for making discoveries in t

Hawkesworth, John, 1715?-1773.

Return Date: 20/03/19, 16:41

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

104

An introduction to New Zealand painting 1839-1967 /

Brown, Gordon H., 1931-

Return Date: 27/03/19, 10:13

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

105

The whale’s wake /

Morton, Harry.

Return Date: 19/03/19, 11:51

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

106

The legacy of guilt : a life of Thomas Kendall /

Binney, Judith.

Return Date: 19/03/19, 11:51

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

107

An outsider looks back : reflections on experience /

Wilson, Ormond, 1907-1988.

Return Date: 19/03/19, 11:52

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

108

[First lesson-book in Maori, pr. by the mission press in New Zealand].

Wesleyan Methodist missionary society. pre20

Return Date: 19/03/19, 11:52

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

109

Paradise reforged : a history of the New Zealanders from the 1880s to the year 2000 /

Belich, James, 1956-

Return Date: 27/03/19, 10:12

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

110

The people and the land : Te tangata me te whenua : an illustrated history of New Zealand, 1820-1920

Binney, Judith.

Return Date: 27/03/19, 10:13

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

111

Architecture, 1820-1970 /

Stacpoole, John, author.

Return Date: 08/04/19, 18:33

Sackler Library Desk

112

The work of revision /

Sullivan, Hannah, 1979- author.

Return Date: 08/04/19, 09:25

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

113

Distance looks our way : the effects of remoteness on New Zealand.

Sinclair, Keith, 1922-1993.

Return Date: 29/03/19, 15:54

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

114

Arts in New Zealand.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

115

Fretful sleepers and other essays /

Pearson, Bill, 1922-2002.

Return Date: 29/03/19, 15:54

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

116

Liberal nationalism /

Tamir, Yael, 1954-

Return Date: 29/03/19, 15:54

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

117

Nations and nationalism since 1780 : programme, myth, reality /

Hobsbawm, E. J. (Eric J.), 1917-2012.

Return Date: 29/03/19, 15:54

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

118

The location of culture : critical theory and the postcolonial perspective /

Bhabha, Homi K., 1949-

Return Date: 02/04/19, 13:38

Weston David (RR3)

119

Te ao hou : the new world.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

120

Arts in New Zealand.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

121

Our colonies.

Return Date: 21/03/19, 16:04

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

122

The Auckland Islands : their eventful history /

McLaren, Fergus Blair, 1914-1941.

Return Date: 30/03/19, 11:43

Weston David (RR3)

123

Ned Kelly : 27 paintings by Sidney Nolan /

Melville, Robert, 1905-1986.

Return Date: 21/03/19, 20:41

Sackler Library Desk

124

An account of several late voyages and discoveries: I. Sir John Narbrough’s voyage to the South-sea

Return Date: 21/03/19, 14:46

Weston David (RR3)

125

A disquisition on the right of jurisdiction in peerage successions, particularly the peerage of Scot

Lockhart, Ephraim. pre20

Return Date: 21/03/19, 14:46

Weston David (RR3)

126

An account of the voyages undertaken by the order of His Present Majesty. : For making discoveries i

Hawkesworth, John, 1715?-1773.

Return Date: 21/03/19, 14:47

Weston David (RR3)

127

Sidney Nolan /

Rosenthal, T. G.

Return Date: 28/03/19, 08:30

Sackler Library Desk

128

Journal of a ten months’ residence in New Zealand /

Cruise, Richard A. (Richard Alexander)

Return Date: 20/03/19, 14:01

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

129

Narrative of a residence in various parts of New Zealand : together with a description of the presen

Heaphy, Charles, 1820-1881.

Return Date: 20/03/19, 14:02

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

130

A narrative of a nine months’ residence in New Zealand in 1827 : together with a journal of a reside

Earle, Augustus.

Return Date: 20/03/19, 14:02

Weston Mackerras (RR1)

131

The letters and journals of Samuel Marsden, 1765-1838 : senior chaplain in the colony of New South W

Marsden, Samuel, 1765-1838.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

132

A history of New Zealand /

Sinclair, Keith, 1922-1993.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:23

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

133

Te Wiremu : a biography of H. Williams.

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:24

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

134

The emigrants; early travellers to the antipodes

Bolitho, Hector, 1897-1974

Return Date: 26/03/19, 15:24

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

135

Making peoples : a history of the New Zealanders : from Polynesian settlement to the end of the nine

Belich, James, 1956- .

Return Date: 18/03/19, 09:47

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

136

The intellectual life of Edmund Burke : from the sublime and beautiful to American independence /

Bromwich, David, 1951- author.

Return Date: 15/03/19, 09:27

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

137

Undoing the demos : neoliberalism’s stealth revolution /

Brown, Wendy, 1955- author.

Return Date: 14/03/19, 09:45

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

138

The politics of aesthetics : the distribution of the sensible /

Rancière, Jacques.

Return Date: 06/03/19, 15:05

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

139

A world elsewhere : a critical and biographical study of the European influence on the life and work

Quigley, Sarah.

Return Date: 11/03/19, 10:10

Weston David (RR3)

140

The Art of the Pacific Islands /

Return Date: 06/03/19, 09:40

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

141

Pacific encounters : art & divinity in Polynesia 1760-1860 /

Hooper, Steven, 1950-.

Return Date: 10/02/19, 14:59

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

142

Te Maori : Maori art from New Zealand collections /

Return Date: 12/02/19, 09:50

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

143

Art in Oceania : a new history /

Brunt, Peter William, 1955- author.

Return Date: 07/02/19, 16:52

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

144

Italy in the age of the Renaissance : 1300-1550/

Return Date: 05/02/19, 09:11

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

145

Sir Thomas More’s Utopia /

More, Thomas, Saint, 1478-1535.

Return Date: 04/02/19, 11:42

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

146

Meetings with remarkable manuscripts /

Hamel, Christopher de, author.

Return Date: 04/02/19, 11:43

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

147

Merchants of culture : the publishing business in the twenty-first century /

Thompson, John B. (John Brookshire)

Return Date: 04/02/19, 11:43

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

148

A world elsewhere : a critical and biographical study of the European influence on the life and work

Quigley, Sarah.

Return Date: 06/02/19, 16:47

Weston David (RR3)

149

Introduction to Typography /

Simon, Oliver, 1895-1956.

Return Date: 23/01/19, 08:49

Bod Radcliffe Camera (Lower)

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An essay on typography /

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Erewhon /

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Man alone.

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The art of Australia

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Don McKenzie and the University

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Danny Abse, “The Green Field”, as printed in the pamphlet by Wai-te-Ata Press commemorating the life and work of Don McKenzie.

I spent yesterday reading some of the books and ephemera held by the Bodleian by and about D F McKenzie, New Zealander, bibliographic scholar and long-time professor here at Oxford. I had only previously read excerpts from his famous Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts, so this was my first real engagement with his work—it seemed appropriate too to read on the 6th and 7th of February his work on the Treaty of Waitangi.

What a coincidence, then, to receive an email reminding me that that very day, at 5pm, would be held the 23rd D F McKenzie lecture, this year to be given by Professor Kate Nation on “linking biology and culture via cognition.” The timing couldn’t have been more strange, so I walked straight from the library to the talk.

But I want to write here not about that lecture, and instead about one given by McKenzie himself in 1997 at Victoria University when he received his honorary doctorate.

Some background: in 1997 the New Zealand Government published a “green paper” discussion document titled “A future tertiary education policy for New Zealand.” This built on explicit promises made less than a year earlier in the coalition agreement between the National and New Zealand First parties to review tertiary education. The paper sparked strong debate, and obviously great concern from the universities—for this was one of the moments when the commercialism that had long been encroaching upon the universities was made explicit, and accelerated.

In his speech McKenzie weaved back and forth between graciousness and praise for his colleagues, a story of his life and career, and explicit concern about what the proposals laid out in the green paper might do to the university that he so loved. The speech was given less than a year after Don’s retirement from his professorship at Oxford, and less than two years before his death. It was reprinted in the service pamphlet passed out at his funeral in 1999 at Old St. Paul’s in Wellington (probably the most beautiful pamphlet printed in New Zealand, by Wai-te-Ata Press which Don himself founded in 1962).

There are two academic traditions which could be noted here, the Socratic and the Sophistic. In the Socratic tradition, the end of knowledge is virtue. Socrates simply says, ‘This is so, is it not?’. If you say ‘Yes’, then you fully accept as your own the truth you’ve arrived at. There can be no question of being badly taught and then later sueing your teacher, because at every stage, your participation implies a responsibility on your part to question and resolve the point at issue before you proceed further. This is the way in which, in the humanities, we have traditionally taught and learned. Within this tradition, a phrase like ‘the knowledge of business’, for example, is a solecism.

The Sophistic tradition, however, is money-based. Sophists are information-providers. They advertise and say: ‘I know, and for a price I’ll tell you’. There’s a financial contract which implies an efficient transfer of information, and if it doesn’t happen, the student who pays may claim compensation. The Green Paper would like us all to be Sophists.

It’s not surprising therefore that the Green Paper pays scant attention to those definitions of a university given in the Education Act of 1989. Let me remind you of three of the most pertinent: (1) universities are primarily concerned with more advanced learning, the main aim being to develop intellectual independence; (2) their research and teaching are closely interdependent and most of their teaching is done by people who are active in advancing knowledge; (3) they accept a role as critic and conscience of society. All three, I believe, are now at risk.

For New Zealanders, and for many people around the world, the state of affairs that McKenzie worried about has sadly come to pass. Two years ago the New Zealand government published a report on “New Models of Tertiary Education”, in which some of the more worrying parts of the 1997 report have become hidden foundations. (I published my own concerns about that report in this essay).

But then again—I am here, studying at a university, with the freedom to read the words of someone like Don McKenzie. The worry about the future of the university itself sometimes seems a sign of the success of the university in the kinds of things that McKenzie quoted from New Zealand’s Education Act. The worry remains, though, about numbers—how many people feel the freedom to do this kind of reading? Ever fewer, from accounts of professors. And this reading itself can sometimes seem ever more difficult as the instrumentalist logic of reports like the Green Paper seeps into every corner of the library.

Of the poem I photographed above, McKenzie said: “It’s one which shows how blind we are when the variety of our human and natural worlds is obscured by our distance from the objects of study.” Thanks to Don McKenzie for the ever-fresh reminder of what we’re really here for—for being A New Zealand Scholar. And thanks to all those who continue his work, and keep his lecture series running.

Reading Charles Brasch in Oxford

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Colin McCahon, The Virgin and Child Compared (1948). Copyright Colin McCahon Estate. Collection of Hocken Library, Dunedin. Charles Brasch Bequest (1973).

Charles Brasch’s contribution to the birth and growth of New Zealand culture was immense, and is still in many ways under-appreciated or unaccounted for. He was the founding editor of Landfall, the quarterly journal started in March 1947 that showed New Zealanders as well as the world what was unique about the writing, art and music produced in the country—we all know that much. He wrote poems himself, he collected the art of all New Zealand’s mid twentieth-century modernists (and then donated them all to the Hocken Library in Dunedin). He journaled fastidiously, which now, after Peter Simpson’s tireless work, gives us an account of the growth of our culture. But Brasch’s manner of philanthropy was the very best kind: he was always behind the scenes, providing money at just the right time and place where it was needed to support an artist, to publish a book or to start a fellowship. I say “but” about his philanthropy because that now means we will likely never know of or trace the extent of his contributions. Even his diary did not hear of his benevolence.

It has seemed to me then a little ungrateful that Brasch’s Wikipedia page points out, in the very first paragraph, that he gained an “ignominious third” in his Modern History course at Oxford in the late 1920s. I cannot think of any other public figure in New Zealand or elsewhere for whom undergraduate grades feature so prominently in their public biography. Brasch, however, was adamant, as he pointed out in his memoirs published posthumously: “I had not come to Oxford to get a degree”. And judging by his Oxford reading, he got from his time here exactly what he needed.

“One of the very few things I could remember of my first term was lying on my sofa through long damp grey days and reading Katherine Mansfield’s Journal, which seemed (in recollection) to set the mood of the whole term. In fact I devoured the Journal in two days… In that same term, I think, I began to read Plato…”

And just a few years later that undergraduate truant reading would serve Brasch well in one of his life’s most important moments. Sitting by his grandfather Willi Fels’ bedside during his last days—Fels, his maternal grandfather who essentially raised him and was the only one to support him in the decision to become a poet—Brasch read aloud to him the Phaedo, the recollection of Socrates’ death, excluding only those paragraphs he couldn’t bear to read. It was those paragraphs he couldn’t bear to read that were then read aloud, decades later, at Brasch’s own funeral.

His reading was immense, but unfocussed. In addition to the above we know that Wilde and Pound, Brooke and Graves were particularly important during his Oxford years. Brasch published just one poem during his undergraduate years, right before he graduated and went down to London; but this didn’t stop him paying Basil Blackwell a nervous, and unsuccessful, visit about the possibility of publishing a book. His calling to poetry at times seems driven more by an aesthetic sensibility than an inborn talent. Certainly he was not anywhere near the talent of Auden, who was at Oxford at the same time, or Baxter, whose superior talent Brasch immediately recognised and supported (he never seems to have been a jealous writer; maybe this fact explains the limits of his critical success).

Brasch suggests it was partly Plato, partly a flirtation with Buddhism, and partly the lives of other writers (their vegetarian diets) that meant “notions of purity obsessed me… By fits and starts I made several ineffectual bids towards purity. The purity I believed I longed for failed to distinguish properly between what goes in at the mouth and what comes out of the heart.” Brasch, of course, as one of the inheritors to the Hallensteins clothing empire, had the means for an aesthetic life—a life of lavishness and luxury, if he so wanted. But notions of the ascetic are always strongest in those for whom it is a choice rather than a necessity. “Fortunately,” Brasch goes on in his memoirs, “my will was weak and my senses strong, so that I did not fall into puritanism, but continued in a cloud of contradictions, not knowing what I wanted except that I wanted to write poetry. Of these inner cross-currents I spoke to no one.”

The inner cross-currents of which he spoke to no one could be seen as those  tides that shaped his life. His sexuality and love life, for one thing (always tortured), but also more immediately, in his post-Oxford years, that of his vocation. Though he thought of himself always as a poet, his life and posthumous reputation seem to rest on his role as “literary editor” and “arts patron”, as Wikipedia, ever reflecting the public sense, puts it. Or, as he put it, reflecting on his most tortured period and the reaction of his father: “Was I going to be a drifter, sticking at nothing? an idler? a dilettante? I could not explain adequately, because I had not the courage or conviction to avow my secret hopes.”

Landfall certainly dominated his days, to the extent that friends at times advised him to give up the editorship if he was to keep writing poetry. The myriad tasks and constant letter-writing kept this man of leisure busy, or at least busier than Baxter, and then again we find him organising shows of McCahon’s work in Christchurch, for instance, without telling either his diary or Colin. We come up again against Brasch’s old-world decorum, more than just the result of an Oxford education of the late 20s—a fundamental drive to do for others (for a nation) what his means allowed him to, all without any desire for or expectation of credit or recognition.

Fortunately for us, even if we can’t know of all Brasch’s deeds, we can find the products of them—most significantly, in Dunedin, the city that was for him always home. The Hocken Library of the University of Otago possesses one of the best art collections in the country, in large part thanks to Brasch (gifts and bequests tend to snowball as more people see the stature of an institution through what has previously been donated). Rita Angus’ View from Tinakori Road  is there; so too is McCahon’s The Virgin and Child Compared, to name just two personal favourites of over 450 artworks. His personal library of over 7,500 volumes also lives at the Hocken, and so far under-explored is Brasch’s collection of international art and prints that were separated from the main bequest and given to the Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

As I sit here in Oxford, “through long damp grey days”, reading Brasch’s journals and memoirs, Dunedin comes into focus. Dunedin, and all the places and people Brasch visited and wrote of. They become centre and I am living at the margins, unable to see or read or connect with that which is most important to me (except for those few books that, thankfully, the Bodleian happens to stock). Distance indeed looks our way, as that famous line of Brasch’s poem, “In These Islands“, tells us.

Walking this evening past Brasch’s old rooms with their views out onto the Elm trees of St. Giles, it came clearly to me how a culture is built, how it moves forward, how it communicates more and more life. It gains life and communicates it because of the individuals who decide there isn’t enough of it, and who decide to devote their lives to creating more of it. It is simple, in retrospect; but looking forwards, for the young man flunking Oxford with an ignominious third, it must have looked like the most difficult thing in the world.


 

More on Charles Brasch:

Charles Brasch. Indirections: A Memoir. Oxford University Press, 1980.

Charles Brasch. Journals. 3 volumes, published by Otago University Press.

Charles Brasch. The Universal Dance: A selection from the critical prose writings. Otago University Press, 1981.

Charles Brasch. Present Company: Reflections on the Arts. Blackwood & Janet Paul Ltd, 1966.

James Bertram. Charles Brasch. Oxford University Press, 1977.

Sarah Quigley. A World Elsewhere: a critical and biographical study of the European influence on the life and work of Charles Brasch. DPhil (PhD) thesis at the University of Oxford. (One copy available at Oxford’s Weston library; I couldn’t find an online version).

Donald Kerr (editor). Enduring Legacy: Charles Brasch, Patron, Poet, Collector. Otago University Press, 2003.

Journey to Oxford

My own departure from New Zealand was aided by the departure of those before me, those who departed and felt a departure to be worth writing about. That’s how a country builds itself, how it makes itself a country worth writing about when one leaves: one writes and gives meaning to all those who come and go thereafter. 

I departed, or ‘journeyed away’ if I’m to use the terms of those before me, and as I did so I thought of Mulgan’s departure: his teary goodbyes at the wharf, his hours to contemplate the Southern sun setting for the last time for who knows how long (he was never to see it again), and then weeks to contemplate the spirit of the place he was saying goodbye to. By the time Mulgan crossed the equator and weeks later arrived in Oxford he had digested us and spat us back out again. We, a people for whom “loveliness too often goes often unnoticed”. Perhaps he sat in the University Parks on an early autumn afternoon and felt that if he didn’t start the tradition then nobody would. 

I sit in the University Parks on a late summer’s afternoon, and though I want to write about the journey to Oxford I find that there simply wasn’t enough of a journey to write about. Arrivals and departures are as mundane as remembering which day to put the rubbish out, and journeys are for luxury goods companies desperate to sell suitcases. Mine was a “trip” here, a trip like the hundreds I’ve done already (if I hold my boarding passes, which I’ve kept since I was fifteen, the stack is as thick as my thigh), and to want it to have been a journey is to simply be crassly literary about it: it doesn’t change the mundanity of any part of the process.

And yet for all the talk of distance these days being less tyrannical, a New Zealander in Oxford is still a New Zealander a long way from home. A New Zealander in Oxford is still one who thought our borders too small; he or she still thought the long trip and the goodbyes to be worthwhile. My arrival here is in so many ways a failure, because as much as the polite thing to say is that New Zealand’s universities are perfectly good, the fact is that one still leaves for Oxford if given the chance. I know of no one who has turned the chance down. 

“Must we continue to consider him as a “post-graduate scholar”, fleeing to the other end of the earth for salvation, driven back only by circumstance to a state where he feels damned?”, John Beaglehole asked upon his return to New Zealand just a few years before Mulgan’s departure. My arrival here is, if not a national failure, then a personal one, because it answers Beaglehole in the affirmative: yes, we must still consider him or her so. The life of the province is rich but it is not yet rich enough; the country communicates life but it does not yet have enough of it. Meanwhile, New Zealanders in Oxford laugh at the British but vow never to return to those “Antipodes” (the British term for isles quaint but not worth knowing about). Beijing, a few of them mention. 

Days after arriving I went to the Sackler, Oxford’s art library, and asked for a book on McCahon (it did not take long for me to miss those hills). Your search returned no results. Rita Angus, then—no results. Perhaps I would re-read Mulgan from a new vantage point, but it wasn’t to be, for I am not a member of Balliol, the only college library to hold a copy, and I did not feel like making an appointment with the college library to “view” the book. See, it is still either there or here, here or there. While home I relish revelling in the culture that is ours, but regret that there is not enough culture that is ours merely by humanity, rather than nationality. Here, the opposite: humanity is just a short walk to the library away, but the Bodleian does not yet know how to categorise New Zealanders’ humanity (in fact, our books are simply not sold here). 

I left intending and planning to return, but a part of me is preternaturally scared that something will prevent it: something like a job. If I am to write, from here I could write to the world—from home I would write to ourselves. If I am to start a business, from here I start one facing outwards first and inwards second, whereas from home it is inwards first and outwards hopefully. Still it is for us a choice, whereas the mark of sufficient cultural life is to eradicate the need for a choice. It is true that “Should I stay or should I go” is still our national song, but for how long? For how long must we keep singing that song? 

 


(I asked someone close to me for their thoughts on this essay, and the reply was that, ironically, an essay such as this would never be read overseas either, precisely because it deals with New Zealand. Of course, I think that is true: which means that we must keep singing that song for at least another generation or two).

Here is John Mulgan’s fragmentary essay on his own journey to Oxford that sparked these reflections, edited by Victoria University of Wellington professor Peter Whiteford who himself journeyed to Oxford (but did, to our benefit, return).