Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology: Birds, Books and Business

Henry Dresser and Victorian Ornithology: Birds, Books and Business

by Henry A. McGhie

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Overview

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British ornithologists of the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and is largely based on previously unpublished archival material.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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ISBN-13: 9781526116024
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Henry A. McGhie is Head of Collections and Curator of Zoology at Manchester Museum, the University of Manchester

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Family background and early life 2. Texas: the big adventure 3. Settling down to business 4. Early exploits in ornithological society 5. Collecting 6. 'Discovering' the birds of Europe I 7. 'Discovering' the birds of Europe II 8. 'Making' the birds of Europe 9. A central figure: society life in the 1870s 10. The 1880s: the rise of rivalry 11. The 1890s: the continuing rise of the British Museum (Natural History) 12. Working independently: 1900-5 13. The grand finale: the 'Eggs of the Birds of Europe' 14. Time for a change 15. Legacies Appendix 1. Birds mentioned in the text Appendix 2. Birds named by Henry Dresser Appendix 3. Birds named after Henry Dresser Appendix 4. Publications based on Henry Dresser's collections 1985-2015 References Bibliography of Henry Dresser's publications Index

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