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Pasta for Nightingales: A 17th-Century Handbook of Bird-Care and Folklore

by Giovanni Pietro Olina, Cassiano dal Pozzo

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"Cassiano dal Pozzo, (1588-1657) now celebrated as one of the most important art patrons in Italy of the seventeenth century, commissioned a number of exquisite studies of birds as part of his famous "Paper Museum." In 1622 the lawyer and ornithologist Giovanni Pietro Olina used these drawings, which are now kept in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, as the basis for the illustrations in his Uccelliera. Pasta for Nightingales combines Cassiano's original artwork with selections from the first modern translation of Olina's text. It includes such enchanting insights as the idea that robins suffered from dizziness and that the hoopoe overindulged in grapes until it became "dazed and halfdrunk." However, it also includes much fascinating early natural history and ornithological observation--as well as the secret recipe for pasta to keep your nightingale happy and encourage it to sing. A historic and delightful gift book, which is bound to appeal to every bird-lover."--… (more)

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Delightful. Note: "[Nightingales can be encouraged to sing by feeding them pine-nuts in the winter, by adding saffron to their drinking water in the spring, or by playing music.]" ( )
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