Amassing Treasures for All Times: Sir George Grey, Colonial Bookman and Collector

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Oak Knoll Press, Jan 1, 2006 - Antiques & Collectibles - 351 pages
"Sir George Grey, governor of New Zealand, South Australia and the Cape Colony, was an outstanding British colonial statesman in the nineteenth century." "Brilliant and inscrutable, Grey, who was in contact with key Victorians from Darwin to Whately throughout his life, played a central role in overseeing the development of British colonies into politically autonomous entities." "Less well known of Grey is that he was an obsessive collector of rare books and artefacts, which he selflessly bequeathed to the people he governed, establishing 'Grey Collections' in Cape Town and Auckland." "This study, written by a former librarian of the Auckland collection, reveals the genius and magnanimity of an increasingly controversial figure, demonstrating the complex humanity underlying his apparent remoteness. It is the first study on Grey of its kind."--BOOK JACKET.

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Donald Kerr is Professor Emeritus of Geography, University of Toronto, and former president of the Canadian Association of Geographers.

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