Edward Gerrard & Sons- a taxidermy memoir
First published in 2004, this book has been out of print for several years, but has now been reprinted (softback only) price £20. It has 128 A4 pages, with many illustrations in black and white. Gerrards were the second biggest London taxidermists, cheaper than Rowland Ward. They were famous for their preparations of skeletons and models, but also did a wide range of taxidermy varying from excellent to not so good. One chapter of this book describes their speciality- making 'animal furniture', bizarre objects ranging from table lamps to a rhino head drink cabinet. It's amazing how many things they could make from a dead hippo. Another chapter covers the work of Gerrard Hire Ltd, renting out old taxidermy specimens for parties and stage productions, before closing down in the early 1990s.
By: [Pat Morris]
Item Location: London