John Kirk Townsend: Collector of Audubon's Western Birds and Mammals
John Kirk Townsend was an ornithologist from Philidelphia who cross ed the Rocky Moiuntains to the Columbia River in 1834 and made two visits to the Hawaiian Islands. He returned home with a great haul of bird and mammal specimens used by John James Audubon in the preparation of his magnificent Birds of America and Viviparous Quadrupeds.
The authors examine Townsend's Quaker upbringing, present previously unpublished family portraits, track him on his journey westwards and discuss his association with Audubon and the major contribution Townsend made to his famous works. The heart of the book is a new exciting presentation of Townsend's Narrative of a Journey across the Rocky Mountains (1839), with a modern zoological commentary, new material from Townsend's original journal and Audubon paintings of the very specimens that Townsend collected.
Amongst the new discoveries were Townsend's Warbler, Townsend's Chipmunk, Townsend's Mole and Townsend's Ground Squirrel. Essential reading for those with an interest in early Western travels and the Oregon Trail, the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest, the history of ornithology and wildlife art.
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