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1 CHILTON, Glen. Curse of the Labrador Duck : My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction. Uncorrected Proof.
HarperCollins, Toronto, 2009, 
CHILTON, Glen. The Curse of the Labrador Duck : My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction. (Toronto) : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., (2009). Uncorrected Proof. Pp [i]-x,(2),1-305,(7). Illustrated. 8vo, illustrated maroon card covers. "Little is known about the Labrador Duck, which once populatedeastern North America but has been extinct for more than 100 years. Stuffe d specimens, housed under glass in museums and in private collections worldwide, are rare -- only 55 are known to exist. Even more rare is the kind ofscientist who would, given the task of writing a small species account abo ut the Labrador Duck, travel around the globe more than three times in search of every last stuffed bird. And what about the curse? Everyone who has owned a stuffed specimen has come to a bad end, whether going to jail or dying under mysterious circumstances. But Chilton is a rare specimen himself, and a biologist with a self-professed obsessive personality. (“They say that some children suck their thumb while still in the womb; I spent those nine months chewing my fingernails.”) His pursuit of the extinct species took him to the ducks’ breeding habitat on Canada’s east coast, as well as on many adventures in Europe and America as he searched museums and personal collections. Over the course of his epic journey, Chilton encountered a colourful flock of scientists, journalists and amateur ornithologists. He also endured numerous hangovers, swam naked in a glacier-fed stream and narrowly avoided arrest in New York City. The Curse of the Labrador Duck is a quest unlike any other, an impulsive journey around the planet in pursuit of a bird no one in our lifetime has seen alive." - from the back cover. Very good.10.00

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