Typo: A Monthly Newspaper and Literary Review, Volume 4
A small country newspaper, containing twenty-eight columns, of which twenty are occupied with unmistakable dummy ads, contains an item referring to The Times as « that all but moribund journal. »
Mayence and Haarlem have hitherto had the dispute to themselves as to which city was the birthplace of the Divine Art. A new claimant has now appeared, and henceforth we may expect the duel to become triangular, between Germany, Holland, and France. Avignon—hitherto ranked about sixtieth in the list of cities where printing was practised, is now asserting her claim as the first. For details we refer our readers to the able and interesting article, under the initials of Mr Reed, in the Printers' Register, the greater part of which we quote in our present issue.
Mr Ironside, in the N. Z. Methodist, writes thus of the first Maori Testament: « It was only a year before my arrival [this is not quite accurate—the book was printed in 1837] that the New Testament translation had been completed. It was printed at the Church Mission Press, Paihia, Bay of Islands. Our Society purchased 1000 copies for the present pressing needs of our people. These volumes were really more precious than gold. A fortunate possessor of a copy would sooner have parted with his life than with that book. » —We are happy to possess a copy of this interesting book—a parting gift on our leaving Napier, from the Rev W. Colenso, by whom it was printed. It is worth not much less than its weight in gold. Not only is it coveted by collectors as the first and rarest of all the old books printed in the colony; but old Maoris would give almost anything for a copy. An old chief lately offered £20, or freehold land of still greater value, for a copy of the book.