From peacocks to penguins, a winged menagerie of marvel.
By Maria Popova
“How can the bird that is born for joy sit in a cage and sing?” wrote William Blake, who lived within the golden age of the cage as leisure. Zoos had been new and thrilling, and individuals readily neglected their cruelty to slake their curiosity about creatures from faraway lands. But even so, zoos held solely a tiny fraction of the dazzling variousness of the animal kingdom — within the age earlier than images, earlier than simple international journey, the common particular person encountered the wondrous strangeness of animals not within the cage however on the web page.
In the 1820s, a French pure historical past encyclopedia titled La Galerie de Oiseaux got down to convey to European eyes probably the most beautiful birds of North America, many of them now endangered, some extinct. Radiating from the consummate illustrations is the quiet dignity of these vibrant emissaries of our planet’s evolutionary historical past — feathered inheritors of the dinosaurs, winged with a kaleidoscope of pleasure.
Digital Pulse Publishing offers books and online news. We are your source for The Art of War, Ancient Greece, History and Buddhism books, news and videos.
Visit our Online Store for 15%-30% off all titles, including The Samurai Series, The Philosophy of Spinoza, The Art of War, and the Greek Classics series.