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The feather thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century, Kirk Wallace Johnson

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The feather thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century
Title
The feather thief
Title remainder
beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century
Statement of responsibility
Kirk Wallace Johnson
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, twenty-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins--some collected 150 years earlier by a contemporary of Darwin's, Alfred Russel Wallace, who'd risked everything to gather them--and escaped into the darkness. Two years later, Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist high in a river in northern New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide told him about the heist. He was soon consumed by the strange case of the feather thief. What would possess a person to steal dead birds? Had Edwin paid the price for his crime? What became of the missing skins? In his search for answers, Johnson was catapulted into a years-long, worldwide investigation. The gripping story of a bizarre and shocking crime, and one man's relentless pursuit of justice, The Feather Thief is also a fascinating exploration of obsession, and man's destructive instinct to harvest the beauty of nature."--Page [2] of cover
Summary
Documents the astonishing 2009 theft of an invaluable collection of ornithological displays from the British Museum of Natural History by a talented American musician, tracing the author's years-long investigation to track down the culprit and understand his motives, which were possibly linked to an obsession with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying
Tone
Writing style
Award
ALA Notable Book, 2019.
Biography type
contains biographical information
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10638371
Cataloging source
DLC
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Johnson, Kirk W.,
Dewey number
364.16/28598
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HV6665.G72
LC item number
J64 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Rist, Edwin
  • Natural History Museum (London, England)
  • Rist, Edwin
  • Theft from museums
  • Zoological specimens
  • Fly tying
  • NATURE / Animals / Birds
  • TRUE CRIME / General
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Museum Administration & Museology
  • Natural history museums
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century
Label
The feather thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century, Kirk Wallace Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Dead birds and rich men. The trials of Alfred Russel Wallace ; Lord Rothschild's museum ; The feather fever ; Birth of a movement ; The Victorian Brotherhood of Fly-tiers ; The future of fly-tying -- The Tring heist. Featherless in London ; Plan for Museum Invasion.Doc ; The case of the broken window ; "A very unusual crime" ; Hot birds on a cold trail ; Fluteplayer 1988 ; Behind bars ; Rot in hell ; The diagnosis ; The Asperger's defense ; The missing skins -- Truth and consequences. The 21st International Fly Tying Symposium ; The lost memory of the ocean ; Chasing leads in a time machine ; Dr. Prum's thumb drive ; "I'm not a thief" ; Three days in Norway ; Michelangelo vanishes ; Flowers in the bloodstream
Control code
21386841
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525559092
Lccn
2018013162
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)999407802
Label
The feather thief : beauty, obsession, and the natural history heist of the century, Kirk Wallace Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue -- Dead birds and rich men. The trials of Alfred Russel Wallace ; Lord Rothschild's museum ; The feather fever ; Birth of a movement ; The Victorian Brotherhood of Fly-tiers ; The future of fly-tying -- The Tring heist. Featherless in London ; Plan for Museum Invasion.Doc ; The case of the broken window ; "A very unusual crime" ; Hot birds on a cold trail ; Fluteplayer 1988 ; Behind bars ; Rot in hell ; The diagnosis ; The Asperger's defense ; The missing skins -- Truth and consequences. The 21st International Fly Tying Symposium ; The lost memory of the ocean ; Chasing leads in a time machine ; Dr. Prum's thumb drive ; "I'm not a thief" ; Three days in Norway ; Michelangelo vanishes ; Flowers in the bloodstream
Control code
21386841
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780525559092
Lccn
2018013162
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)999407802

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