Henry Dresser and Victorian ornithology
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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; it is also an exploration of ornithology during a period when the subject changed dramatically. The book is based on a wealth of previously unpublished letters, diaries and photographs in museums, libraries and archives in the UK, US, Canada and Russia. These are used to provide the first detailed biography of any of the independent industrialist-naturalists who dominated nineteenth century British ornithology. Dresser travelled widely on business in Europe, New Brunswick and to Texas during the American Civil War before settling down to work in London in the timber and iron trades. He built enormous collections of skins and eggs of birds from Europe, North America and Asia, many of which came from famous travellers and collectors. These collections formed the basis of over 100 publications on birds including some of the finest and some of the last of the great bird books of the late nineteenth century, combining cutting-edge scientific information with masterpieces of bird illustration. Dresser played a leading role in scientific society in the UK 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 both a general readership, for anyone interested in birds, history and natural history. It is also intended to act as a text-book for courses relating to history, history of science and museum studies.
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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; it is also an exploration of ornithology during a period when the subject changed dramatically. The book is based on a wealth of previously unpublished letters, diaries and photographs in museums, libraries and archives in the UK, US, Canada and Russia. These are used to provide the first detailed biography of any of the independent industrialist-naturalists who dominated nineteenth century British ornithology. Dresser travelled widely on business in Europe, New Brunswick and to Texas during the American Civil War before settling down to work in London in the timber and iron trades. He built enormous collections of skins and eggs of birds from Europe, North America and Asia, many of which came from famous travellers and collectors. These collections formed the basis of over 100 publications on birds including some of the finest and some of the last of the great bird books of the late nineteenth century, combining cutting-edge scientific information with masterpieces of bird illustration. Dresser played a leading role in scientific society in the UK 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 both a general readership, for anyone interested in birds, history and natural history. It is also intended to act as a text-book for courses relating to history, history of science and museum studies.

Henry Dresser and Victorian ornithology

Birds, books and business

Henry A. McGhie

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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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birds; ornithology; natural history; exploration; history of science; environmental geography; Victorian studies; Museum studies; American Civil War; Scientific societies

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Publish State
Published
Language
English
Readership
General/trade; College/higher education; Professional and scholarly
Publisher / Imprint
Manchester University Press
Publication Country / Place
United Kingdom / Manchester
Title Identifier (ISBN/ISSN)
9781784994136 / 1784994138
Published Date
January 2017
Primary Price
34.95 USD
Dimensions
240 X 170
Reference Code
4693