Essays On Natural History, Chiefly Ornithology

Paperback | February 9, 2012

byCharles Waterton

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1861 Excerpt: ... show, by sundry documents, which have reached me through the medium of the press, that, if they be allowed to drive their new-fashioned vehicles on our good old zodiac much longer, they will disfigure it in such a manner that, at last, we shall not be able to distinguish the Bull from the Ram, or the beautifully tapering fingers on the hand of the Virgin, from the rough and crooked claws which arm the shell-bound body of the Crab. ON MUSEUMS These are the times for scientific discoveries. Till lately, we went fastest on a race-horse; but now we go faster still upon a rail. In our days, an Italian has put many thousand pounds of English money into his pocket, for imparting to Mr. Bull the important secret that we can have as good music with one fiddle-string as we formerly had with four. Witches can now go through the air without the aid of broom-staff, by applying to Mrs. Graham, the aeronautess. A piece of stamped paper from Threadneedle Street is as eagerly sought after as the purest gold of Peru. Vessels are now made to go both against wind and tide; a thing deemed utterly impossible in brave Commodore Trunnion's day. It was once indispensably necessary for Englishmen to wear tails (either club or pig) on the nape of the neck: Billy Pitt's discovery of the powder-tax has proved that we can do without them. Amidst all these extraordinary movements and inventions, our museums alone seem to have stood stock still, with the most invincible pertinacity. I allude not to the mere buildings themselves: they, indeed, are ever on the change. Scarcely a year passes over our heads, but some new structure is raised by the votaries of natural history, with an outside of beautiful architecture, but with inner apartments destined to receive articles of old and execrable...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1861 Excerpt: ... show, by sundry documents, which have reached me through the medium of the press, that, if they be allowed to drive their new-fa...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217206093

ISBN - 13:9780217206099

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