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Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology

Birds, Books and Business

By (author) Henry A. McGhie
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Manchester University Press, Manchester, United Kingdom
Published: 10th Nov 2017
Dimensions: w 166mm h 243mm d 14mm
Weight: 355g
ISBN-10: 1784994138
ISBN-13: 9781784994136
Barcode No: 9781784994136
This book explores the life of Henry Dresser (1838-1915), one of the most productive British ornithologists of the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is largely based on previously unpublished archival material. Dresser travelled widely and spent time in Texas during the American Civil War. He built enormous collections of skins and eggs of birds from Europe, North America and Asia, which formed the basis of over 100 publications, including some of the finest bird books of the late nineteenth century. Dresser was a leading figure in scientific society and in the early bird conservation movement; his correspondence and diaries reveal the inner workings, motivations, personal relationships and rivalries that existed among the leading ornithologists. -- .

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'This is a magnificent exploration of (British) Victorianornithology, which brings to life many of the key figures of the period withtheir frequently very strained relationships.'
Alan Knox, British Birds l l l , January 2018 -- .