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Advanced Taxidermy: by Peter Andrew O'Connor (Author)

A book on taxidermy fully explaining the latest methods including freeze drying. Written by an expert, with a practical slant. Color Plates of specimens. 204 Pages, Hardcover.

Written by an expert with a practical slant, this modern book on taxidermy fully explains the latest methods, including freeze-drying.

Although an advanced text, the author explains in such detail that anyone who has a basic knowledge of taxidermy should be able to follow how the various process are carried out. 
All this is supplemented with photographs and drawings, thus making this a work extremely practical and information.  

Product details

  • Condition: New
  • Hardcover: 204 pages with dust jacket
  • Publisher: Saiga Publishing Ltd. (1983)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Colour plates and B&W photos
  • ISBN-10: 0862300622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862300623
  • Product Dimensions: 25.5 x 19.3 x  2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 830 g


1.  Birds
2.  Mounting a Fox Mask
3.  Mammals
4.  Tanning
5.  Rug Making
6.  Fish
7.  Wax Leaves and Vegetation
8. Freeze Dried Work
9. Combined Taxidermy
10.  General Guide to a Taxidermy
11. Possible Future Developments
Appendix - I to V

About the Author

Peter Andrew O'Connor (Born in London 1933) was introduced to taxidermy as a boy scout at Jarrow-upon-Tyne, later becoming a commercial taxidermist at Luton, Bedfordshire, in 1964, and then expanding into European taxidermy. In 1970 he moved into research taxidermy on the freeze drying techniques created by Reg Harris. He was the first successful taxidermist to do so, and developed these freeze drying techniques to a commercial level. Eventually he developed a new field to taxidermy called Combined Taxidermy.

He has been the Chairman of the Taxidermists Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, since its inception in 1973. His work appears in over seventy museums in the British Isles alone, besides appearing as far afield as Japan, Australia and the West Coast of the USA, and covers all forms of taxidermy work. Mr. O'Connor is a teacher and lecturer of taxidermy, and has written many papers on the subject, including a book called Fish Taxidermy. He has been a keen naturalist since boyhood, and is a European Wildlife Conservationist