PASTA FOR NIGHTINGALES
A 17th-Century Handbook of Bird-Care and Folklore

GIOVANNI PIETRO OLINA
144pp 150 COLOUR ILLUS 2018 LIST PRICE: £14.95 N144

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The first-ever English translation of a seventeenth-century ornithology text, complete with historic watercolour illustrations. The watercolours, created for the seventeenth-century scholar and art collector Cassiano dal Pozzo, are here combined with the translated text of naturalist Pietro Olina’s 1622 treatise on songbird cultivation to create a new work that provides a glimpse of ornithology’s earliest days. With meditations on the ‘epileptic’ robin redbreast and a recipe for chickpea pasta meant to keep a nightingale in song, this work is an enchanting re-presentation of natural history literature.