Swans of the world : in nature, history, myth & art /
A. Lindsay Price.
imprint
Tulsa, Okla. : Council Oak Books, 1994.
description
195 p. : ill., maps (some col.) ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0933031815 :
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imprint
Tulsa, Okla. : Council Oak Books, 1994.
isbn
0933031815 :
general note
Errata slip inserted.
catalogue key
1437246
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 188-195).
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-02-15:
The beauty of swans has captured the imagination of people for countless generations. Artist-writer Price incorporates her considerable experience with swans as an amateur naturalist into this engaging narrative, which surveys the world's swan species. More than a natural history and abundantly illustrated with over 110 drawings, photos, and maps, her book also recounts swans in folklore, history, and culture, from the ballet Swan Lake to the use of swans in Scottish clan badges and in the Great Seal of the Chickasaw Nation. The richness of detail is indicated by sections on myth, legend, mating, nesting, hatching, feathers, flight, migration, wintering, life span, and the effects of humans on swans. Price's anecdotes add spice to an already interesting mixture of facts, lore, and biology. The absence of an index and an antihunting bias are mild blemishes. This book has wide appeal and is warmly recommended. [The publisher says an index will be included in the book's second printing.-Ed.]-Henry T. Armistead, formerly with Thomas Jefferson Univ. Lib, Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1995-07:
Price gives an historical, cultural, mythical, biological, and personal history of the swans of the world. For instance, a chart of trumpeter swan population and locations in North America is included; on the next two pages, there is a chart of all of the swans of the world that lists name, habitat, size, clutch, coloration, voice, and range. Many sketches, photos, maps, drawings, and other illustrations are provided throughout the book, making it a very attractive work. Price's poetical and factual mixture of writing provide fascinating reading. At the end of the book is a short glossary and a list of works cited. Recommended for most libraries. General; undergraduate; faculty. C. J. Pollard; emeritus, Los Angeles Unified School District
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Summaries
Main Description
From the first pip of a cygnet to the "swan-song" of old age, "Swans of the World" covers the development and behavior of the world's majestic swans. Woven skillfully into the text is the fascinating cultural lore of the swan worldwide, showing how - in poetry, myth, and art - this ancient, rare, and most aristocratic waterfowl has never ceased to excite the human mind. Handsomely illustrated with over 100 drawings, photographs, charts, and swan distribution maps, this work is engaging enough to entice both the beginning bird enthusiast and seasoned naturalist - to say nothing of the lover of poetry and art that celebrates the wonders of the natural world. This beautiful work has been justifiably praised by the Trumpeter Swan Society for its "depth and grace."
Main Description
From the first pip of a cygnet to the "swan-song" of old age, Swans of the World covers the development and behavior of the world's majestic swans. Woven skillfully into the text is the fascinating cultural lore of the swan worldwide, showing how -- in poetry, myth, and art -- this ancient, rare, and most aristocratic waterfowl has never ceased to excite the human mind. Handsomely illustrated with over 100 drawings, photographs, charts, and swan distribution maps, this work is engaging enough to entice both the beginning bird enthusiast and the seasoned naturalist -- to say nothing of the lover of poetry and art that celebrates the wonders of the natural world. This beautiful work has been justifiably praised by the Trumpeter Swan Society for its "depth and grace."
Unpaid Annotation
A bird both mythic and real, the swan has captured the imagination of people throughout history, throughout the world. Perhaps only A. Lindsay Price, a poet and artist as well as one of the world's leading swan lovers, could do justice to such a creature. Beginning with her own sighting of the nearly-extinct Trumpeter Swan's first migration in over a century, Price tells the story of each of the world's swan breeds. Eloquent and learned, she takes a variety of perspectives: historical, cultural, mythical, biological, and personal to present her readers the swans of the world. From myth to science to rubber waders in duck blinds, Price follows the life-cycle of the swan. She traces all the swan species along their migration routes and discusses the features which make each species unique. She recalls ancient giant swans that spread their wings over the globe long before any recorded history and of the struggle to save the Trumpeter Swan from extinction. Fully illustrated with swans of legend, art,nature and,the imagination, Swans of the World is a treasury and a treasure as well.

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