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Ian J. Mason and Gilbert H. Pfitzner
Quarto, dustwrapper, colour and black and white photographs, with cd in pocket of rear paste down.
Limited to 400 copies. An outstanding reference for anyone interested in Australian ornithology. With 303 detailed biographical entries, complete with portrait photographs and other photographs, of anyone who has been prominent in Australian egg collecting. The well known names are present, such as H. L. White, A. J. Campbell and Alfred North, but so too are many lesser lights from the 1930's onwards.
This book is an acknowledgement of the invaluable contributions made to ornithology by legions of Australian collectors over more than a century. As Derek Ratcliffe (2002) concisely wrote “they (egg collectors) belonged to a time when nearly every serious ornithologist collected eggs and, should be judged according to the ethos of their day.”