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The Resource Rainbow dust : three centuries of butterfly delight : with a new preface, Peter Marren

Rainbow dust : three centuries of butterfly delight : with a new preface, Peter Marren

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Rainbow dust : three centuries of butterfly delight : with a new preface
Title
Rainbow dust
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three centuries of butterfly delight : with a new preface
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Peter Marren
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Language
eng
Summary
"Like fluttering shards of stained glass, butterflies possess a unique power to pierce and stir the human soul. Indeed, the ancient Greeks explicitly equated the two in a single word, psyche, so that from early times butterflies were not only a form of life, but also an idea. Profound and deeply personal, written with both wisdom and wit, Peter Marrens Rainbow Dust explores this idea of butterflies--the why behind the mysterious power of these insects we do not flee, but rather chase. At the age of five, Marren had his "Nabokov Moment," catching his first butterfly and feeling the dust of its colored scales between his fingers. It was a moment that would launch a lifetime's fascination rivaling that of the famed novelist--a fascination that put both in good company. From the butterfly collecting and rearing craze that consumed North America and Europe for more than two hundred years (a hobby that in some cases bordered on madness), to the potent allure of butterfly iconography in contemporary advertisements and their use in spearheading calls to conserve and restore habitats (even though butterflies are essentially economically worthless), Marren unveils the many ways in which butterflies inspire us as objects of beauty and as symbols both transient and transcendent. Floating around the globe and through the whole gamut of human thought, from art and literature to religion and science, Rainbow Dust is a cultural history rather than merely a natural one, a tribute to butterflies' power to surprise, entertain, and obsess us. With a sway that far surpasses their fragile anatomy and gentle beat, butterfly wings draw us into the prismatic wonders of the natural world--and, in the words of Marren, these wonders take flight." -- Publisher's description
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Title
Rainbow dust
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Summary
Like fluttering shards of stained glass, butterflies possess a unique power to pierce and stir the human soul. Indeed, the ancient Greeks explicitly equated the two in a single word,psyche, so that from early times butterflies were not only a form of life, but also an idea. Profound and deeply personal, written with both wisdom and wit, Peter Marren’sRainbow Dust explores this idea of butterflies—the why behind the mysterious power of these insects we do not flee, but rather chase
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10541722
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
Dewey number
595.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • QL544
  • QL542
LC item number
  • .M37 2016
  • .M367 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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adult
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three centuries of butterfly delight, with a New Preface
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three centuries of butterfly delight, with a New Preface
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Peter Marren
Rainbow dust : three centuries of butterfly delight : with a new preface, Peter Marren
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Rainbow dust : three centuries of butterfly delight : with a new preface, Peter Marren
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Originally published with subtitle: Three centuries of delight in British butterflies. London : Square Peg, 2015. With new preface
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-284) and index
Contents
Introduction: The painted lady -- 1. Meeting the butterfly -- 2. Chasing the clouded yellow -- 3. Graylings : the birth of a passion -- 4. Gatekeepers : collecting with Jean Froissart, John Fowles and Vladimir Nabokov -- 5. Lady Glanville's fritillary -- 6. At the sign of the chequered skipper -- 7. The golden hog or the wonderful names of butterflies -- 8. Seeing red : the admiral -- 9. Fire and brimstone : butterflies and the imagination -- 10. Silver washes and pearl borders : painting butterflies -- 11. Endgame : the large blue and other dropouts -- 12. The wall or how to protect a butterfly -- 13. Envoi: Aurora or the daughter of dawn -- Appendix: British butterflies
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ocn945693760
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Dimensions
24 cm
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Extent
xx, 308 pages
Isbn
9780226395883
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016014269
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)945693760

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