Last Of The Curlews by Fred Bodsworth

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Museum Press Ltd., 1956. FIRST UK EDITION, first printing. Very good condition, clean and tight, dark navy cloth with gilt titles to spine and gold decoration. A lovely copy of this beautiful book. Scarce dust jacket, not price-clipped (10s 6d net) some signs of wear and little tears at top and bottom of spine and lower front edge. Illustrated endpages. Authored by the much heralded Fred Bosworth and illustrated by T M Shortt. Story of an extraordinary bird which is probably about to become extinct. A bird which winters in Patagonia and which flies the whole length of two continents - North and South America - to breed in the Arctic Circle above Hudson Bay. “In the far north of the Canadian tundra, the Eskimo Curlew makes its summer home and nests. Then, as winter approaches, it flies south, across the whole North American continent, down the entire length of South America, to Tierra del Fuego, where it stays until once more the coming of spring urges it to make its strange migration northwards once again. Yet perhaps, before many years have passed, this great journey will be made no more.” In this beautifully lyrical book, Fred Bodsworth, who is a Canadian and a brilliant naturalist, tells of the odyssey of one such bird and its mate. The fruit of long study, it is written with such charm, skill and feeling that, whilst it is erudite enough to satisfy the most exacting ornithologist, it cannot fail to captivate any reader who cares for the wild creatures of the world, and may truly be compared with the writings of Jefferies, Hudson, and Seton-Thompson. An excellent collector edition to be added to any rare book collection or as a wonderful gift for anyone with an interest in the natural world. 123 pages.

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