Lives of eminent zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnĉus

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Oliver and Boyd, 1834 - Zoologists - 391 pages

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Page 159 - There is a small island in Lancashire, called the Pile of Foulders, wherein are found the broken pieces of old and bruised ships, some whereof have been cast thither by...
Page 159 - ... to the shape and form of a bird : when it is perfectly formed, the shell gapeth open and the first thing that appeareth is the...
Page 159 - When it is perfectly formed the shell gapeth open, and the first thing that appeareth is the foresaid lace, or string ; next come the legs of the bird hanging out ; and as it groweth greater, it openeth the shell by degrees, till at length it is all come forth, and hangeth only by the bill...
Page 140 - The people seem to be very lazy, at least the men, and may be frequently observed to plough in their cloaks. It is the fashion of them to wear cloaks when they go abroad, but especially on Sundays. They lay out most they are worth in cloaths, and a fellow that hath scarce ten groats besides to help himself with, you shall see come out of his smoaky cottage clad like a gentleman.
Page 166 - Let it not suffice us," says he, " to be book-learned, to read what others have written, and to take upon trust more falsehood than truth. But let us ourselves examine things as we have opportunity, and converse with nature as well as books.
Page 176 - No creature in this sublunary world is capable of so doing besides man ; yet we are deficient herein : we content ourselves with the knowledge of the tongues, and a little skill in philology, or history perhaps, and antiquity, and neglect that which to me seems more material. I mean natural history and the works of the creation.
Page 152 - ... digesting was of no light kind. Without at all detracting from the merits of the author, whose labours, according to Dr Derham, were such, " that he allowed himself little or no time for those recreations and diversions which men of h'is estate and degree are apt to spend too much of their time in, but prosecuted his design with as great application, as if he had been to get his bread thereby...
Page 205 - ... an inkstand, pencase, microscope, and spying-glass, a gauze cap to protect me occasionally from the gnats; a comb; my journal, and a parcel of paper stitched together for drying plants, both in folio; my manuscript Ornithology, Flora Uplandica, and Characteres generici. I wore a hanger at my side, and carried a small fowling-piece, as well as an octangular stick, graduated for the purpose of measuring. My pocketbook contained a passport from the Governor of Upsal, and a recommendation from the...
Page 372 - This plant is always fixed on some little turfy hillock in the midst of the swamps, as Andromeda herself was chained to a rock in the sea, which bathed her feet, as the fresh water does the roots of the plant.
Page 378 - Academicae. 19. Oratio de Telluris Habitabilis Incremento. Upsal, 1743. 4to. 20. Flora Suecica, exhibens plantas, per Regnum Sueciae crescentes, systematice cum differentiis specierum, synonymis auctorum, nominibus incolarum, solo locorum, usu pharmacopaeorum. Lugd. Batav. apud Wishof, 1745. A second edition was printed at Stockholm, 1755. 21. Animalia Sueciae. Holm. 1745. 8vo. 22. Oelandska och Gothlandska Resa.

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