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The Conjurer's Bird
The Conjurer's Bird
Author: Martin Davies
In 1774, an unusual bird was spotted on Captain Cook’s second expedition to the South Seas. This single specimen was captured, preserved, and brought back to England—and no other bird of its kind was ever seen again. The bird was given to naturalist Joseph Banks, who displayed it proudly in his collection until it too disappeared. We...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400097340
ISBN-10: 1400097347
Publication Date: 8/22/2006
Pages: 400
Edition: Reprint
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Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Davies deftly mixes two stories - the hunt for the only known specimen of the Bird of Ulieta discovered by Captain Cook's voyage and given to naturalist Joseph Banks - and Banks own romance, which is key to the hunt. He creates likable characters, uses symbolism gently without pounding the reader over the head - and keeps the suspense until the final page. An underrated gem.