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New VAT rules for Imports to EU - 12th Oct 2021

New VAT rules for Imports to EU Greetings EU friends,

We shall be sending all books DDU: that is, "delivery duty unpaid" — so you may have to pay the VAT to recieve any packages.

All the best,
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Franco-German War - 11th Oct 2021

A new addition to website, Her Majesty's Stationary Office's translation of the official history of the Franco-Prussian War (or, the "Franco-German War" as they have it here).

5 volumes, with an additional 5 volumes of maps

A scarce set, NZ$4500.00

First Complete English edition of GOGOL's "Dead Souls" - 11th Oct 2021

A core part of any collection of modern Russian literature. 

Interestingly, from the Library of the General Assembly of New Zealand ie. NZ Parliament


James Stuart & Nicholas Revett's Classic Work on Classical Antiquity - 11th Oct 2021

Sumptiously illustrated. 1825 to 1830. 4x volumes, boards are scruffy.

The Antiquities of Athens, Measured and Delineated by... [4 volume set] NZ$1800

Level 2 & Level 3 Shipping Update - 21st Sep 2021

At Alert Levels 2 & 3, we are now able to ship books from BOTH our Dunedin & Auckland stores.

If you are based in Auckland and would like to collect your books contactlessly from our St Benedicts Street shop, all you need to do is leave a little note to that effect when filling out your details. It is $3 to send one "standard" sized book from our Dunedin store (where most of the books listed online are housed) to our Auckland store — if the book is massive, or there's a little stack of them, expect a dollar or two more. Further, if the code of the book begins with "ak" eg. "ak1/4/999", then this book is actually already in Auckland and there will be no charge for us to arrange contactless pick-up.

Once the book or books in question have arrived at St. Benedicts Street, we will get in touch with you to arrange a time to collect.

Don't see what you're looking for? 
Shoot our Auckland shop an email (books2@hardtofind.co.nz) or call them (ph. 09 368 48 98) — we can scurry around the shelves amongst our extensive uncatalogued stock.

Any questions specific to Dunedin, please contact:


Stay safe

International customers: New Zealand Lockdown, Aug/Sept 2021 - 18th Aug 2021

International customers: New Zealand Lockdown, Aug/Sept 2021 Due to Covid, parts of New Zealand are currently in lockdown (August, September, probably October 2021, etc.).

We are still able to ship internationally, just be mindful that things may take longer to arrive than usual.

Much of our international post has to transit through other countries going through their own lockdowns (eg. Australia), slowing things further.

We send internationally via standard untracked services, unless otherwise requested, or if the value of the book or books in question is greater than NZ$250. Should you have any questions about your international order or tracking, please contact:


Stay safe 

Early Photo's of the Pacific - 14th Aug 2021

BEAUTIFUL ISLES OF THE SEA: A SOUVENIR OF THE PREMIER'S TRIP TO THE PACIFIC ISLANDS, 1900 (BOXED SET OF 49 PHOTOGRAPHS), new to website: Depicting Richard Seddon's trip to the Islands, primarily Tonga, Fiji, Niue, Rarotonga etc. Set of 49 photographs tipped onto decorated cards (18.5cm by 24cm), generally VG+, some VG- (around half with moderate fading, insect damage to one) in bespoke cardboard box with blue lettering to lid (personally addressed to one R. Monk, Esq., M.H.R., Waitemata (VG-, much scuffing soiling and splits to corners of lid)

13.08.21 Rare Music Books "Gong Dreaming" Daevid Allen - 13th Aug 2021

New to website, including the rare "GONG DREAMING" set by Daevid Allen

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