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Wood engravings of birds, animals, Aesop, cries of London, rustic scenes, all unexcelled for mood of bucolic tranquility.
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A charm of goldfinches. An ostentation of peacocks. A murder of crows. The English language brims with witty words for flocks of birds! Thought to have originated from hunting manuals, the practice of inventing collective nouns for birds has since evolved into a sport all its own, with new words striving to perfectly capture the essence of each bird. A Conspiracy of Ravens presents readers with a compendium of collective bird nouns from the distant and not-so-distant past. Some of the nouns are portentous, like a tiding of magpies. Others, like a murmuration of starlings or a chattering of choughs, convey sound. Still more reflect with literary flourish the beauty of the bird: what could be more celebratory than a crown of kingfishers or an exaltation of larks? Featuring songbirds, aquatic birds, garden favorites, and birds of prey, this book collects more than one hundred of the best and most imaginative expressions and illustrates them with charming woodcuts by the eighteenth-century artist and naturalist Thomas Bewick. A beautiful and entertaining read, A Conspiracy of Ravens will delight bird-lovers and word-lovers in equal measure.
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My Life

By Thomas Bewick

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With numerous wood-engravings and watercolours by the author.
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At the end of the eighteenth century, Thomas Bewick's 'History of British Birds' represented the pinnacle of wood engraving and the first 'field guide' designed for ordinary people with accurate depictions of wildlife. Jenny Uglow, the author of 'The Lunar Men,' offers a biography of the British artist and naturalist, and his efforts to capture the vanishing beauty of rural English life. Bewick was born to a poor family in the English countryside, but his obsession with the natural world and resourceful skill as an engraver would mark him as one of the most pioneering artist of pre-Victorian era England. Abbreviations, Sources & Notes; List of Illustrations; Index. B&W illus.
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Tall 4to. LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION, one of 175 copies. This copy INSCRIBED by the publisher. Wear to illustration on front panel. Light overall fading. Bumping to spine ends. VG.
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8vo. Mild offsetting to prelims. Light tanning and smudging to boards. Darkening to edgeworn d.j. with some chips and tears to extremities. Top of d.j. spine removed and d.j. flap clipped. VG/VG.
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