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The Discovery of New Zealand

2. Tasman

2. Tasman

Too much on Tasman is out of print. The leading authority in English is the folio edition of his Journal by J. E. Heeres (Amsterdam, 1898), difficult to find outside libraries. More conveniently handled is Robert McNab's Historical Records of New Zealand, Vol. II (Wellington, 1914), pp. 1-38 of which print documents and extracts from journals. There is a later, and better, translation of the New Zealand portion of Tasman's journal by M. F. Vigeveno in Abel Janszoon Tasman and the Discovery of New Zealand (Wellington, 1942). McNab's page 96accounts in his Murihiku (Wellington, 1909) and From Tasman to Marsden (Dunedin, 1914) are useful. E. H. McCormick's Tasman and New Zealand (Wellington, 1959) is a masterly analysis of the process by which Tasman's own account was transmitted to the world, and incidentally helps in disentangling what actually happened in New Zealand.