The Early Naturalists: Their Lives and Work (1530-1789)

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Macmillan, 1912 - Naturalists - 396 pages
 

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Page 311 - ... carried a small leather bag, half an ell in length, but somewhat less in breadth furnished on one side with hooks and eyes, so that it could be opened and shut at pleasure. This bag contained one shirt; two pair of false sleeves; two...
Page 108 - The common people are of opinion, that it thrusts its bill into a reed that serves as a pipe for swelling the note above its natural pitch; while others...
Page 146 - I had a lamentable spectacle of Malpighi's house all in flames, occasioned by the negligence of his old wife. All his pictures, furniture, books, and manuscripts, were burnt. I saw him in the very heat of the calamity, and methought I never beheld so much Christian patience and philosophy in any man before ; for he comforted his wife, and condol'd nothing but the loss of his papers, which are more lamented than the Alexandrian Library, or Bartholine's Bibliothece at Copenhagen.
Page 82 - Fowling is more troublesome, but all out as delightsome to some sorts of men, be it with guns, lime, nets, glades, gins, strings, baits, pitfalls, pipes, calls, stalkinghorses, setting-dogs, decoy-ducks, &c., or otherwise.
Page 99 - By virtue of my function I suspect myself to be obliged to write something in divinity, having written so much on other subjects ; for being not permitted to serve the church with my tongue in preaching, I know not but it may be my duty to serve it with my hand by writing ; and I have made choice of this subject, as thinking myself best qualified to treat of it.
Page 396 - Fishes (Exclusive of the Systematic Account of Teleostei), by TW Bridge, Sc.D., FRS ; Fishes (Systematic Account of Teleostei), by GA Boulenger, FRS VoL VIII.
Page 128 - ... descriptions, better definitions, better associations, better sequences. He strove to rest his distinctions upon knowledge of structure, which he personally investigated at every opportunity . . . His greatest single improvement was the division of the herbs into Monocotyledons and Dicotyledons . . . He made things much easier for Linnaeus, as did Linnaeus in his turn for naturalists who now smile at his mistakes. Both were capable of proposing haphazard classifications, a fact which need not...
Page 169 - In discourse hereof with our learned Savilian professor Sir Thomas Millington, he told me he conceived that the attire doth serve, as the male, for the generation of the seed. I immediately replied that I was of the same opinion, and gave him some reasons for it, and answered some objections which might oppose them.
Page 76 - I know two sorts of Kites, the greater and the less ; the greater is in colour nearly rufous, and in England is abundant and remarkably rapacious. This kind is wont to snatch food out of children's hands, in our cities and towns.
Page 97 - Translated into English, and enlarged with many Additions throughout the whole Work. To which are added, Three Considerable Discourses, I. Of the Art of Fowling: With a Description of several Nets in two large Copper Plates.

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