Book ID: CBB983172892

Pasta for Nightingales: A 17th-Century Handbook of Bird-Care and Folklore (2018)


Olina, Giovanni Pietro (Author)
Dal Pozzo, Cassiano (Author)
MacDonald, Helen (Author)
Kate Clayton (Translator)

Kate Clayton
Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 144 pages
Language: English

The first-ever English translation of a seventeenth-century ornithology text, complete with historic watercolor illustrations This beautifully illustrated book brings together the newly commissioned, first-ever English translation of one of the earliest studies in ornithology with the original watercolors, now part of the British Royal Collection, that provided the inspiration for its engraved illustrations. The watercolors, created for the “Paper Museum” of the seventeenth-century scholar and art collector Cassiano dal Pozzo, are here combined with the translated text of amateur naturalist Pietro Olina’s original Uccelliera of 1622 to create a new work that provides a fascinating glimpse of ornithology’s earliest days—a period when folklore informed natural history studies as much as science did. With meditations on the “epileptic” robin redbreast and a recipe for chickpea pasta meant to satisfy a nightingale and keep it in song, this work is an enchanting re-presentation of natural history literature. Retaining the character of Olina’s original design, this unique book describes over forty much-loved species, and is sure to please bird watchers, naturalists, and antiquarian book lovers alike.

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Review T. R. Birkhead (2019) Review of "Pasta for Nightingales: A 17th-Century Handbook of Bird-Care and Folklore". Archives of Natural History (pp. 363-364). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Birkhead, T. R.
Smith, Paul J.
Charmantier, Isabelle
Charmantier, I.
Birkhead, Tim R.
Jones, Adam
Archives of Natural History
Renaissance Studies
化学史研究 [Kagakushi kenkyū; Journal of the Japanese Society for the History of Chemistry]
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Copernicus, Springer-Verlag
Leo S. Olschki
University of Ottawa (Canada)
Bloomsbury Publishing
Natural history
Willughby, Francis
Dal Pozzo, Cassiano
Belon, Pierre
Tradescant, John
Buffon, Georges Louis Leclerc de
Faultrier, Jean-Baptiste
Time Periods
17th century
16th century
18th century
15th century
Early modern
Great Britain
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
Académie des Sciences, Paris
Royal Society of London

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