A Wisdom of Owls (Standard Edition)

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The history and mythology, fact and fiction, science and superstition of owls around the world.

Edition of 400 copies.

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Book Description

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.

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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.”
Philip Spink

The Arrogant Owl - linocut by Sarah Lawrence - from A Wisdom of Owls

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

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Published in an edition of 500 copies, 400 of which are Standard Copies.

Elizabeth Rashley, Philip Knowling and Sarah Lawrence
Elizabeth Rashley, Philip Knowling and Sarah Lawrence – artist, illustrator and artist.

Hardcover: 96 pages
Publisher: Avenue Press (June 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0953327000
ISBN-13: 978-0953327003

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1 review for A Wisdom of Owls (Standard Edition)

  1. Review from Amphora

    This extraordinary book appeals in many ways. It is a compendium of all things owlish, dramatically and beautifully illustrated and an example of superior small press publishing. A Wisdom of Owls features traditional stories from around the world, beliefs from different lands and cultures and amazing facts from science and history. With their human-shaped faces, owls are a most alluring bird and you will discover owl people, owl words, owl quotes and the owl’s place in folklore, religion … and even cookery. Some samplings. Owls appear in the writings of Ovid, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Aesop and Dylan Thomas and in the art of Michelangelo, Goya, William Morris and Picasso, to name but a few. Horace Walpole, an indefatigable letter writer, owned a pair of small silver owl whistles which he used to summon servants. Walpole also operated a London private press called Strawberry Hill where he published his own books and those of others. Replace weather forecasters with owls? The folk lore of Newfoundland says the hoot of the Horned Owl signals the approach of bad weather.
    Extensively illustrated by Elizabeth Rashley and Sarah Lawrence, the book is an unusual collaboration of two artists and the shining linocuts, by turns elegant and mysterious, comical and sad, bring the words to life. There are three double-page spreads, ten full-page illustrations and many more smaller images on almost every page. This is the second book illustrated by Elizabeth Rashley. Her first, An Avian Alphabet, was hand- printed and bound in a limited edition of 98 copies by Dennis Hall’s Inky Parrot Press of Oxfordshire and she is now working on An Aquarium Alphabet to be published by Avenue Press. Sarah Lawrence is a highly accomplished printmaker with numerous private commissions to her credit as well as exhibitions of her work throughout England. The sharpness and clarity of the illustrations demonstrates that linocuts, done by skilled illustrators and well-printed, match favourably with the finest wood engravings. Fittingly, the book is case-bound in an attractively designed binding with stitched signatures.
    The colophon is signed by the artists and the author who, with the word ”owl” in his surname, was clearly destined to create this book. A small criticism is that the pages are unnumbered and the colophon would be more complete with the addition of information on the typeface, paper [it is acid free] and binding, deficiencies that the publisher, David Bailey, has acknowledged will be corrected in future books. Avenue Press is currently recruiting artists and writers for a publishing programme of limited edition, heavily illustrated and beautifully bound books. This is a press to watch. Ten percent of the proceeds of every book goes toward a trust to protect barn owls and their environment.

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