Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Pg. 99: Henry McGhie's "Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology"

Featured at the Page 99 Test: Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology: Birds, books and business by Henry McGhie.

About the book, from the publisher:
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productive British ornithologists of the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is largely based on unpublished correspondence and diaries. 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.

This book is aimed at anyone interested in birds, history and natural history.
Learn more about Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology at the publisher's website.

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