THE LANGUAGE OF BIRDS. Some Notes on Chance and Divination. Paperbound edition.
Price: $25.00 USD
Place Published: California
Publisher: Three Hands Press.
Date Published: 2009 [actually, 2010]
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Book Id: 5389
First Edition. Small octavo, original pictorial wrappers (trade paperback format). Limited edition of 1050 copies, of which this is one of 750 paperbound copies (a further 250 copies were hardbound in cloth and 50 copies were bound in quarter morocco). 72 pages, printed on heavy acid-free art stock, illustrated with ten curious old woodcuts from 16th & 17th Century books. A fine copy.
¶ 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.