A Wisdom of Owls
The history and mythology
fact and fiction
science and superstition
of owls around the world
Published in celebration of
the 10th anniversary of
the Barn Owl Trust
How far can owls really turn their heads?
Who was Archibald Belaney – and what sort of owl was he?
Where did farmers scare away owls by walking round their fields naked?
Find out in A Wisdom of Owls.
This extraordinary work is a compendium of all things owlish. Traditional stories from around the world, beliefs from different lands and cultures, amazing facts from science and history. Here are owl people, owl words, owl quotes. Discover the owl’s place in folk-lore, religion… and cooking.
Researched and compiled by Philip Knowling, a Devon-born writer who, with the word ‘owl’ in his surname, was clearly destined to create this book! Bringing the words to life are the stunningly stylish lino-cuts of Elizabeth Rashley and Sarah Lawrence. By turns elegant, comical, sad and mysterious, the artistry will bewitch you.
“It’s a delightful work of art in its own right, typography and illustrations complimenting each other perfectly.”
This book is a must for owl fans everywhere – whether you collect them, adore them or are simply intrigued by them. Bird-watchers, word-fiends, book-worms and lovers of fine art will also want to own this book.
“Its presentation and production are quite exquisite and it really is such a covetous little object.”
Chris Packham, writer, broadcaster and environmentalist
Published in an edition of 500 copies, 400 of which are Standard Copies and 100 of which are Special Edition copies.
The Special Edition comes in a snug slipcase with an original linocut print signed by the artist.
Elizabeth Rashley, Philip Knowling and Sarah Lawrence – artist, illustrator and artist.
Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Avenue Press (June 1998)