MITCHELL, Peter Chalmers
[THYLACINE] Official Guide to the Gardens and Aquarium of the Zoological Society of London.
Cover title: The Zoological Society of London. Guide to the Gardens and Aquarium, Regents Park. London : The Zoological Society, 1931. 28th edition. Royal octavo, original pictorial stiff wrappers, pp i-xvi, 1-123, , with 67 photographic illustrations, folding map; a very good copy.
On page 106 of this guide is a photograph of the London Zoo’s “Thylacine, or Tasmanian wolf”, taken by D. Seth Smith. This was the last living specimen outside Australia. A female, she had been purchased for £150 in 1925, and was the last of numerous thylacines exported – with varying degrees of success – to zoos in London, Paris, Antwerp, Cologne, Berlin and New York between the 1850s and 1920s. She died at London Zoo on 9 August 1931. The last known captive specimen of Thylacinus cynocephalus died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936.