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Who killed the great Auk?

Author: Jeremy Gaskell
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on eyewitness accounts spanning some four centuries, this study relates the tale of the Great Auk's extinction from Western Europe to North America. It tells how the Great Auk was hunted by  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Gaskell
ISBN: 0198564783 9780198564782
OCLC Number: 122975930
Description: 227 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction - Who killed the Great Auk? ; 1. This rare and noble bird ; 2. Geirfuglasker: The Icelandic bird skerries ; 3. Travels with Audubon in Labrador ; 4. Westward ho! ; 5. A visit to Funk Island ; 6. Books of authority ; 7. Wild foulis biggand - The Great Auk on St. Kilda ; 8. The New-Found-Land ; 9. Uncouth regions ; 10. Mercenary and cruel ; 11. The old wisdom of the Faeroe Islands ; 12. In search of the Great Auk ; 13. Last appearances ; 14. Generation after generation ; 15. Bird protection: A pressing need ; 16. An Act of Parliament ; Epilogue ; Appendices: Description of the Great Auk based on a specimen acquired by Audubon in London; Discussion of Great Auk nomenclature; Abridged version of the Act for the Preservation of Sea Birds, 1869; The Victorian egg collectors.
Responsibility: Jeremy Gaskell.

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"This little book is a fitting memorial to the lost penguin of the northern seas. It's a labour of love." * Evening Standard, Monday 27th November 2000 *

 
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