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More NZ Herald!

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82 years now online

Papers Past now includes 82 years of the New Zealand Herald, digitised and searchable. Articles, images, ads, and more, right up to the end of the Second World War.

Our thanks go out to Auckland Libraries and Herald publishers APN for their part in making this amazing material available. Thanks!

Something special

Cover of a book bounded and gilded by Zaehnsdorf in 1907.

Sparkling with gold leaf

This goatskin bookbinding completed in 1907 was created by one of Alexander H. Turnbull's favoured London bookbinders.

The firm of Zaehnsdorf was known for its high-quality workmanship, and excelled in the retrospective binding popular in the 19th century.

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