227 pages, Col and b/w illus
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 the disappearance of the Great Auk, and the reasons why attempts to save it were in vain. It draws on material from previously unpublished sources and features some of the greatest Victorian ornithologists and pioneers in conservation.
"Gaskell combines natural history, exploration, and social history into a single gripping tale. He describes the social conditions that led to the Great Auk's demise but also tells why so little is known of the bird despite its fmiliatriy to naturalists." --Library Journal
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