Wild Geese and Eskimos: A Journal of the Perry River Expedition of 1949 (Peter Scott)

Wild Geese and Eskimos: A Journal of the Perry River Expedition of 1949 (Peter Scott) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Ornithology section. priced at just £4.00!

London: Country Life, 1951, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Maps; Colour frontispiece; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: This is Mr Peter Scotts journal of his expedition in 1949, with two companions, to the Perry River in Arctic Canada. The principal object of the expedition was to study the birds of a region difficult of access and hitherto unvisited by a party of scientists. The Perry River area was chosen because it was known to be near the breeding sites of geese and other wildfowl especially of the rare Rosss goose, a species threatened by extinction.

In spite of an unusually late and wretched summer, the expedition was a success. New birds were added to the list of those already known in this area; breeding colonies of wild geese were discovered and studied; and live birds including several Rosss geese were captured for the Severn Wildfowl Trusts collection.

The journal is not, however, a formal record of the expeditions scientific labours and results though ornithologists and others will find it full of valuable information. It is a vivid, personal story of an Arctic journey, of which Mr Scotts talents as artist, writer, and naturalist make him the ideal interpreter. As absorbing as its descriptions of birds are its accounts of the Eskimos of the Perry River area. Mr Scott got to know these merry and lovable people well, and the affection established between him and the Eskimos enables him to give an intimate study of their way of life.

Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavier tanning to the spine. Price Clipped. Boards a little faded. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 254 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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