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BUTLER, Samuel, 1835-1902

Collection | Ref # ZB 823 BUT | Held by Christchurch City Libraries

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BUTLER, Samuel, 1835-1902


BUTLER, Samuel, 1835-1902

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2 vols

Reference number:

ZB 823 BUT

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Samuel Butler, unorthodox apologist for the Church, classical scholar, and Canterbury sheep station runholder at 'Mesopotamia' in the upper Rangitata River valley from June 1860 until July 1864, is perhaps best known for his satirical novels, 'Erewhon, or Over the range', published in 1872, and, 'The way of all flesh', published posthumously in 1903. He also published works such as 'The Fair Haven', first published in March 1873, which disputed Darwin's theory of evolution and expounded his own idealist view of religion.

Butler's own manuscript of the second edition of 'The Fair Haven', (which was first published anonymously under a pseudonym as a trial issue), and the translation into French by M. Valery Labaud of a "new and revised" edition, (a third completely new edition of Erewhon, published by Grant Richards in 1901), are both now housed as manuscripts in the Canterbury Public Library.
1. The Fair Haven; a work in defence of the miraculous element in our Lord's ministry upon earth, both as against Rationalistic impugness and certain orthodox defenders. By the late John Pickard Owen, with a memoir of the author by William Bickersteth Owen. Second edition, edited by Samuel Butler, author of Erewhon, etc. London, Trubner & Co. 57 & 59 Ludgate Hill [1873]. (All rights reserved.) [244,2] 1. 23m.
2. Also negative microfilm copy of same, presented by Canterbury University College Library, 1957.
3. Erewhon. Traduit de I'anglais par M. Valery Labaud. [Sens, Saint-Yorre, 1915-1920] 324 [15] 1. 22cm.

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Dates covered:

1873 - 1920

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Format if not original:

Microfilm (negative) in part (no. 2)

Location of original:

Canterbury Public Library, Christchurch

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