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This is an auction for THE ANIMALS OF NEW ZEALAND: AN ACCOUNT OF THE COLONY'S AIR-BREATHING VERTEBRATES, by Captain F W Hutton & James Drummond.

From the Encyclopedia of New Zealand:

"James Mackay Drummond was born in Thames, New Zealand, on 17 October 1869... Drummond contributed regular articles on history and natural history to the Lyttelton Times and for 27 years his articles were syndicated amongst other newspapers, reaching many readers. In collaboration with Hutton two books were produced: Nature in New Zealand, a publication for schools produced in 1902, and The Animals of New Zealand, which first appeared in 1904. This second book was to be a standard reference work for generations of New Zealanders. It combined scientific descriptions of the air-breathing animals with summaries of their habits and ecology. For decades it provided the only authoritative, readable account of the whales, seals and lizards. Most of the book, however, dealt with birds. It was so popular that a second edition was published in 1905, a third in 1909 and a fourth in 1923. Hutton made very little contribution to the second edition and died later in 1905. Drummond was therefore solely responsible for the last two editions...One subject that interested Drummond was the degree of success achieved by introduced species, especially birds. Their behaviour as competitors with native species, as possible controllers of farm pests, and as predators of crops, had been undocumented. Drummond, in collaboration with T. W. Kirk, carried out a survey on introduced birds with assistance from the Department of Agriculture...."

More on Wikipedia.

Hardback 1923: fourth edition, revised and enlarged.

434 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail). 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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