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This is an auction for THE SOUTHERN ARK: ZOOLOGICAL DISCOVERY IN NEW ZEALAND 1769-1900, by J R H Andrews.

"A scholarly survey of 130 years of discovery, description and illustration of New Zealand's unique fauna. It also documents the consolidation of New Zealand science in the nineteenth century, a period of unprecedented interest in zoology and some outstanding local publishing such as Buller's Birds of New Zealand and Hudson's New Zealand Butterflies. An exceptional book and quite scarce."
- Smiths Bookshop

Amazon.com review:

"FIVE STARS!! "The Southern Ark" is of glorious colour pictures from the golden age of zoological illustration. New Zealand is superficially like Hawaii -- a group of remote, temperate islands settled first by Polynesians. Neither had any land mammals, except bats, before humans arrived, but New Zealand had frogs, which Hawaii never did, and, maybe, a gecko two feet long. Readers who turn to the text will learn that in the Marseille museum, in France, lie the bones of the world's largest gecko. Nobody knows how they got there or where they came from, and there are no bones like them anywhere, and nobody has ever seen the animal that once enclosed them. The best guess is that the bones rightfully belonged to King Louis XVIII but were purloined from the cargo of an expedition that visited the French colony in New Zealand in the 1840s. Andrews' text is thought-provoking. What does a 2-foot-long gecko eat? Six-inch mosquitoes?"

Large format hardback 1986.

237 pages.

Beautifully illustrated throughout. This is a magnificent book.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is:

* North Island: $8.95 (tracked mail); $11.95 for Rural Delivery

* South Island: $13.95 (tracked mail); $16.95 for Rural Delivery

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.

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  • NI: tracked mail$8.95
  • NI: tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$11.95
  • SI: tracked mail$13.95
  • SI: tracked mail for Rural Delivery (RD)$16.95
  • Seller allows pick-ups
  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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