The Magic of Birds
Distributed for British Library
The Magic of Birds brings that fascination to the printed page. A marvelous mix of words and images, it carries readers around the globe, from the myths of ancient Egypt to the Finnish epic The Kalevala, to find the tracks of birds in art and literature. We see birds peeking out of illuminated medieval manuscripts, swooping across antique maps, and preening in natural history paintings. Alongside, Celia Fisher offers a dazzling cultural history of birds, tracing their presence, as animals and symbols, in the literature, art, and religion of Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.
A truly stunning volume, worthy of our eternal love affair with birds, The Magic of Birds is the perfect book to set beside your birdseed and binoculars.
1. Creation and Diversity
2. Oriental Birds
3. Freedom, Hunting and Captivity
4. Winged Spirits and Messengers
5. Birds of Ill Omen
6. Symbol and Metaphor
7. Oddity and Humour
8. Decorative Birds
Afterword: Fatal Fascination