California: Three Hands Press. 2009 [actually, 2010]. First Edition, First Printing, Deluxe Issue. Quarter-Leather. Small octavo, original cloth with brown morocco leather spine, titled in gilt and with a decorative device in gilt on front panel. 72 pp, printed on heavy acid-free art stock, illustrated with ten curious old woodcuts from 16th & 17th Century books. Deluxe issue, bound in quarter morocco, limited to 50 hand-numbered copies only, this being copy No 35. This copy has been specially signed by the author on the limitation page (the book was not issued signed). A fine copy without dust jacket, as issued. Fine. Item #311065
¶ Chance, the great beloved of gamblers, lovers, generals and kings, has long held sway over mortal affairs. Whether assuming the form of the goddess Fortuna and her ever-turning Wheel, or the abstract mathematic of ‘randomness’ Her favor is universally sought, and Her displeasure feared. To the devotee of Chance, Divination may be regarded as Her secret liturgy, providing glimpses of the unknown to those she esteems. Into the retort of the alchemist-poet, Pendell compounds portent, omen, oracle, and the art of prediction to distill The Language of the Birds, a reverie upon the nature of the Goddess of Fortune and the sacred function of Chance. Dale Pendell is the author of the acclaimed Pharmako books on the Poison Path: Pharmako/Poeia, Pharmako/Dynamis, and Pharmako/Gnosis.