Bernard Morrison rare book collection to auction

New Zealand auction house Art + Object is to oversee the sale of the Bernard "Bob" Morrison rare book collection on July 17.

Bernard Bob Morrison collection books
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The research archive of the late engineer with Air New Zealand includes important tomes concerning military history, and, in particular, the Maori Battalion - an infantry battalion of the New Zealand national army operative during world war two.

Morrison, who passed away in Scotland earlier this year, personally compiled a list of every one of the unit's men who died in action, tracing photos and personal histories.

His collection also includes a handwritten manuscript of Maori legends in the script of Lady Eliza Grey, daughter of Royal Navy officer Richard Spencer, estimated at $4,722.

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