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This is an auction for THE COLLECTOR: ANDREAS REISCHEK - A BIOGRAPHY, by Michael King.

"The Austrian naturalist Andreas Reischek (1845-1902), author of the classic "Yesterdays in Maoriland", came to New Zealand in 1877 for two years and stayed for twelve. He returned to Vienna in 1889 with the last great collection of artefacts and natural specimens to be taken to Europe from the South Seas - 14,000 items. After a brief moment of glory he died in poverty and obscurity. He has been hailed by some as one of New Zealand's great explorers and scientists, and he has been vilified by others as an accomplished charlatan who bribed and cheated his way through the Antipodes. Fascinated by the controversy, Michael King has set out to provide a lucid and balanced evaluation of Reischek's life and work. The author also explores the controversy over whether or not bodies Reischek stole from Maori burial caves should have been returned to New Zealand."

There is an interesting Wikipedia entry on Reischek. See:

Hardback 1981.

196 pages.

Photographs & maps.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

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

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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