Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.
Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Wellington: Printed at the 'Independent' Office, 1852.
W.243, Williams Collection
Daniel Defoe's classic tale, first published in 1719, was translated into Maori by H.T. Kemp. It contains four specially prepared illustrations (lithographs) by Dr T. S. Ralph. The translation was instigated by Sir George Grey, who considered the work would be 'useful and interesting' to Maori. According to William Swainson, Maori readers preferred the story of 'Peter the Great' over Robinson Crusoe because the latter was not true.
Daniel Defoe, “Daniel Defoe, The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe.,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed September 29, 2023, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/6314.