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Review of "Manual of Taxidermy" (S363: 1883)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: An untitled book review printed in the 2 August 1883 issue of Nature. Original pagination indicated within double brackets. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S363.htm

[[p. 317]] Manual of Taxidermy. A Complete Guide in Collecting and Preserving Birds and Mammals. By C. J. Maynard. Illustrated. (Boston: S. E. Cassino and Company, 1883; London: Trübner and Co.)

    This small volume of 100 pages of thick paper contains the ordinary instructions for skinning, preserving, and [[p. 318]] mounting birds and mammals, given very briefly, but probably with sufficient detail to serve as a guide to beginners. The author appears to be a dealer in natural history accessories, and the book has rather the aspect of a trade advertisement from its recommending the almost exclusive use of a "preservative" prepared and sold by the author, the composition of which he keeps secret. As a practical guide to English collectors in foreign countries it is very inferior to Mr. Ward's "Sportsman's Handbook," which was reviewed in Nature last year (vol. xxvii. p. 146).

A. R. W.

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