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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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Most of us grew up with Aesop's Fables--tales of talking animals, with morals attached. In fact, the familiar versions of the stories attributed to this enigmatic & astute storyteller are based on adaptations of Aesop by the liberated Roman slave Phaedrus. In turn, Phaedrus's renderings have been rewritten so extensively over the centuries that they do not do justice to the originals. In this book, legendary classicist John Henderson puts together a surprising set of up-front translations--fifty sharp, raw, & sometimes bawdy fables That provide unusual insights into the heart of Roman culture.
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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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(New Castle). (2011). 3 volumes. 8vo. Lacking slipcase. Minor bumping and rubbing to extremities of cloth, with a few, faint smudges to boards. Minor rubbing to gilt at spines, particularly Volume 2. VG/--. THE SET:
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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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