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Produsentens egen omtale:
* The first modern retelling of the extinction of the Great Auk
* Based on contemporary eye-witness accounts of the Great Auk spanning four centuries and the wide expanse of the North Atlantic
* Attractively illustrated including maps, photographs, line drawings, and an original colour frontispiece by artist Jan Wilczur
* Draws on material from previously unpublished sources
* The story features some of the greatest Victorian ornithologists and pioneers in conservation
The Great Auk is one of the world's most famous extinct birds. This curious seabird was flightless, stood upright like a human, and sported an enormous beak. In this fascinating book, Jeremy A. Gaskell takes the reader on a tour of some of the wildest and coldest places on earth as he tries to uncover the facts behind its disappearance, and the reasons why attempts to save it were in vain.
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
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 .