The Bird Collectors

The Bird Collectors

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This book examines the history and uses of bird skin collections and the many colorful explorers involved in their development. It is the first and only treatment of the subject, and appeals to a worldwide audience. The book covers all parts of the world, with particular focus on Europe, USA, and Africa. The Bird Collectors contains more than 160 period photographs, many never before published, showing famous collectors and ornithological expeditions. Features: * Presents the first and only treatment of this subject * Considers the history and uses of bird skin collections and the many explorers involved * Contains over 160 photographs, many never before published * Appeals to a worldwide audience, as it covers all parts of the world * Provides a vital source of information for taxonomists and field guide authors and artists
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Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 170 x 246 x 32mm | 1,079.98g
  • Poyser
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 160 photographs, b&w illustrations, bibliography, indices
  • 0124874401
  • 9780124874404
  • 1,415,700

Table of contents

Hunting and Harvesting. A Bird in the Hand. The Practicalities. Collecting Gathers Momentum. The Early Scientific Voyages. Trade and Commerce. Bird Artists as Collectors. Government-Sponsored Collecting. Army Officers. The Medical Profession. Clergymen and Missionaries. Terra Incognita. The Great Accumulators. The Professional Field Collectors. Women in the Field. The Protectionists and Conservationists. The Importance of Old and New Bird Collections. Appendix. Biographical Sources. General Bibliography and References. Index of English and Scientific Names of Birds. Index of People.
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