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Great bustard, 1837-1906

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9839/3

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[1-4] Notebooks [1-2] 'Otidiana. Published notice book': pp. 1-136, pp. 137-244, including (in [2]), SIR CHARLES HENRY JOHN ANDERSON (1804-91) (9th Baronet, writer, church restorer). Letter to Alfred Newton (1881). [3] 'Otidiana. MS. Record book'. Including transcripts of many letters. [4] 'Hear-say book', with (ii-iv) JOSEPH CLARKE (Saffron Walden). Letters (1880) [5-10] MSS of lectures, articles, letters [5] 'The bustard in Britain', for Cambridge Naturalists' Society, MAY 1854. [6] AN, copy letter to Dr. Hartlaub, 29 NOV 1861, published[?] in Journal für Ornithologie, 1862, pp. 135-153. [7] Lecture on great bustard, date and place not given. [8] Draft comments on remarks by William Yarrell, n.d. [9] Part of AN article on great bustard, written for Henry Stevenson's Birds of Norfolk (1866), annotated by Stevenson, n.d. [10] ABRAHAM DEE BARTLETT (1812-97) (zoologist, writer). Essay on throat pouch of great bustard in form of a letter to Alfred Newton (n.d.). [11-25] Printed accounts, pamphlets, offprints [11] Eduard Rüppell, Monographie der Gattung Otis (1837). [12] William Yarrell, On the habits and structure of the great bustard (Transactions, Linnaean Society, XXI). [13] A.C. Smith, 'The great bustard', Wiltshire Magazine, Vol. III No. VIII [1856]. [14-15] Constantin Gloger, article on bustard 'Ein Meisterstück dreier englischen Anatomen und Zoologen …', Journal für Ornithologie, MAR 1861, pp.154-5, and AN, MS English translation, 1861. [16] AN, pamphlet On the supposed gular pouch of the male bustard (from The Ibis, APR 1862) (London, 1862). [17] W.H. Flower, On the gular pouch of the great bustard (from Proc. Zoological Society of London, 12 DEC 1865). [18] AN, The great bustard in Norfolk and Suffolk (from Stevenson's Birds of Norfolk, 1866). [19] James Murie, Observations concerning the presence and function of the gular pouch in Otis kori and Otis australis (from Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 25 JUN 1868). [20] Howard Saunders, revision of article on great bustard in William Yarrell, A history of British birds, Vol. III, Part XVII (4th edn, 1883). [21] Thomas Southwell, Exhibition of a Norfolk bustard (read 25 MAY 1897). [22] Article on great bustard with coloured plate, from unnamed publication, n.d. [23] Page-proofs of AN article on Norfolk-killed bustards in public and private collections, annotated by Henry Stevenson, n..d. [24] John Alexander Smith, Ornithological notes … (specimens exhibited) (read 20 NOV 1878). [25] 'Recollections of the bustard on Salisbury Plain', Wiltshire Magazine, XVII (1877). [26-150] MS notes, reports, transcripts, about great bustard [26-34] Slips cut from journal of Mr. Hardy of Norwich, 1801-13, referring to eggs and young birds received, some from Robert Sainty of Heacham (cf. Add.9839/3/18, p. 26). [35-141] MS reports, reminiscences, interviews collected by AN and EDWARD NEWTON, 1852-85, some entered in 'Hear-say book', 'published notice book'. [142-150] Further notes, reports, transcripts. [151-163] Newscuttings, 1871-1906: The Field, Pall Mall Gazette, Transactions of Norfolk & Norwich Natural History Society, Norwich Mercury, The Times, Norfolk Chronicle. [164] JOHN ROSTRON (Pendleton, Manchester). Letter to F.O. Morris (1871) [165] JAMES EDMUND HARTING (1841-1928) (zoologist, ornithologist, writer; Librarian, Linnaean Society to 1902). Letter (1905) [166] THOMAS SOUTHWELL (1831-1909) (Norfolk and Norwich Naturalists' Society). Letter (1905) [167] J.C. STEVENS (Stevens' Auction Rooms, London). Letter (1905) [168] Transcript of notes in Edward Newton's journal for 1876. [169] Photograph of case of stuffed bustards in Norwich Museum, with list of places where shot. [170-172] Engravings of great bustard. [173-178] Drafts of articles, mostly incomplete. [179-191] Further papers: 'The great bustard' from Yarrell's British birds, 3rd edn, 1856; copy letters, ROBERT ELWES to HENRY STEVENSON, 4 FEB 1869; 'Tearlach', 'Sport and adventure in East Hungary. The plain and fen', The Field, 9 DEC 1871; conclusion of draft; proof, recollections of great bustard in Elveden area, by John Prigg and others; 'Observations sur la grande Outarde, par M. de Rochebrune, correspondant, à Angoulême', Actes Soc. Linn. Bordeaux, 1830; Julian G. Tuck, 'Notes on the great bustard in Suffolk', Transactions of Norfolk and Suffolk Naturalists' Society, 1891; MS 'Notes on Syrrhaptes paradoxus by Prof. Altum Ebervalde', 1889; newscutting, quails and bustards, Pall Mall Gazette, 11 FEB 1871; notes, not by AN but from Hear-say book; AN, notes on bustard from Willoughby, Pennant and other works; AN, draft on supposed gular pouch of bustard; photograph, 'Group of bustards in Norwich Museum from T. Southwell 30/7/96'. [192-196] AN, drafts of essays on great bustard, and notes from Sporting Magazine. [197] Letter from Downham, Brandon, Suffolk, 3 NOV 1884 (ending lost) about specimens of Great Bustard at Weeting Hall.


  • Creation: 1837-1906


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