A Conspiracy of Ravens

ISBN: 9781851244096 Categorii: Diverse. An apariție: 2014 Autor: Bill Odie, Thomas Bewick Editură: The Bodleian Library Tip copertă: Hardcover Număr pagini: 128 Stoc: La comandă

Puteți plasa comenzi doar după login

‘A murder of crows’, ‘a charm of goldfinches’, ‘an ostentation of peacocks’: collective nouns for British birds have existed since at least the mid fifteenth century. They are thought to originate in texts about hunting, but have since evolved into evocative, witty and literary expressions, each striving to capture the very essence of the animal they describe. Some are portentous – ‘a conspiracy of ravens’ perfectly evokes this sinister bird – others convey sound, such as ‘a murmuration of starlings’ or ‘a chattering of choughs’. Yet more reflect with a flourish the beauty of the bird itself: what could be more celebratory than ‘a crown of kingfishers’, or ‘an exaltation of larks’? The best of these imaginative expressions are collected here, illustrated with charming woodcuts by Thomas Bewick, the renowned naturalist engraver of the eighteenth century. Featuring songbirds, aquatic birds, birds of prey and garden favourites, this beautifully presented book will delight both bird-lovers and word-lovers in equal measure.

Limba
Engleza
Autor
Bill Odie, Thomas Bewick
Data Publicarii
2014
Editura
The Bodleian Library
Inaltime
17.2
Latime
10.8
Grosime
1.4
Tip Coperta
Hardcover
Nr Pag
128
Subtitlu
A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds
Bic
CBX, WNCB
Greutate
186
Istoric preț pentru: A Conspiracy of Ravens

Produse similare