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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 artifacts 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.


Published by Hodder & Stoughton in 1981, 1st edition

Hardcover with dustjacket - as pictured. Book in good condition. 196 pages

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