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Alexander Wilson : the Scot who founded American ornithology

Author: Edward H Burtt, Jr.; William E Davis, Jr.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Audubon was not the father of American ornithology. That honorific belongs to Alexander Wilson, whose encyclopedic American Ornithology established a distinctive approach that emphasized the observation of live birds. In the first full-length study to reproduce all of Wilson's unpublished drawings for the nine-volume Ornithology, Edward Burtt and William Davis illustrate Wilson's pioneering and, today,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Illustrations
Biography
Pictorial works
Named Person: Alexander Wilson; Alexander Wilson; Alexander Wilson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward H Burtt, Jr.; William E Davis, Jr.
ISBN: 9780674072558 0674072553
OCLC Number: 812067681
Description: x, 444 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Themes in Wilson's life and writings --
A varied life --
Illustrating the American ornithology --
Ornithology pioneer : Alexander Wilson as scientist --
Wilson's legacy --
Appendix A. "On the shoulders of giants" : Wilson's predecessors --
Appendix B. Wilson's contemporaries and correspondents.
Responsibility: Edward H. Burtt, Jr., William E. Davis, Jr.

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On the bicentennial of his death, this beautifully illustrated volume pays tribute to the Scot who became the father of American ornithology. Alexander Wilson made unique contributions to ecology and  Read more...

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The book includes many letters to and from U.S. naturalists and dozens of beautifully reproduced and previously unpublished line drawings and paintings of birds that contributed to Wilson s greatest Read more...

 
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