Over one hundred species of Western Palearctic birds bear English or Latin names which commemorate people. But who were Steller, Bonaparte, Fabine, Eleonora and the rest, and how did their names become attached to the various species? The authors of this book were fascinated by just this question; their research into the lives of the people involved have led them on the voyages and travels of the early naturalist explorers, as well as into some intriguing historical backwaters. Almost all of the 91 people described are illustrated in contemporary portraits and every one of the species named is beautifully drawn. The book will delight and fascinate the reader, both as a comprehensive reference and an account of the remarkable achievements of the early ornithologists and collectors.
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"...fascinating reading...fills an important gap in ornithological literature. Recommended."
--WILDLIFE BOOK REVIEW
"Barbara and Richard Mearns have sifted through these meager ornithological crumbs and struck biographical and geographical gold."
"The Mearnes have been working since 1983 on what is obviously a labor of love. No book like this has ever appeared on the names of North American Birds. I wonder if, in North America, there is an author or authors interested and willing enough to do such a superbly thorough job of it as has been accomplished by Mr. and Mrs. Mearns. I recommend their book most enthusiastically."
"The authors have scoured the literature, examined obscured records and data, and put together a most attractive and useful compendium that is both scientifically accurate and a joy to read. It is a first class addition to any natural history library."
--INDIANA AUDUBON QUARTERLY
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Book Description Academic Press, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110124874223
Book Description Academic Press, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0124874223