Joyce Hamilton. White Water: The Colorado Jet Boat Expedition 1960. Christchurch: The Caxton Press, 1963.
The items displayed in this case represent something of the diversity in The Caxton Press productions beyond poetry and literary prose, from the story of Joyce Hamilton’s record-breaking American adventure in a speed boat up the Colorado River, to Ans Westra’s controversial Washday at the Pa.
Rock Garden Plants of the Southern Alps was a sound commercial proposition, as was the Caxton’s foray into the children’s book market Susu, the Siamese Kitten. Raeside’s Sovereign Chief: A Biography of Baron de Thierry was the last book Leo Bensemann and Dennis Donovan, the main shareholder in the press co-operated on. It won the 1978 Wattie Book Award for its fine production.
Noel Waite. Adventure and Art: The Caxton Press (Wellington: National Library of New Zealand, 1998)