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This front matter section of the book Paper Tiger: A Visual History of the Thylacine contains the table of contents, foreword, acknowledgements, and a timeline. The book analyses eighty illustrations of the thylacine in influential printed literature-scientific journals, zoological and natural history publications, popular books about animals, zoo guides and newspapers and magazines-that were executed between 1803, when the first British settlers arrived on the island of Tasmania, and 1936 when the last captive thylacine died in a Hobart zoo. It isolates six major figures, with images grouped in terms of their similarity of form, intertextual references, symbolic function and/or medium. In the book the term 'zoological literature' refers to a book or journal that describes animals alone and a 'natural history' book indicates one that includes a wider range of subjects.

Keywords: natural history; Paper Tiger; Tasmania; Thylacine; zoological literature



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