Fishes I Have Known

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byArthur Henry Beavan

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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. 1905. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV FISH-EATING MANKIND THOSE mysteriously civilised prehistoric lakedwellers of Switzerland were ichthyophagi as well as grain-eaters, for amongst the implements of bone, flint, and bronze, discovered around their pile-supported houses, were barbed fish-hooks identical with our own, and trident-like fish-grains, fish-spears, and boat-hooks which might have come from some Wapping ship-chandler's shop; also--though it is not a propos of my subject--fibulae, or dress-fasteners, beautifully made on the principle of modern safety-pins. In equally mysterious ancient Egypt there was a perennial source of fish supply almost at the door of every town and city, and the children of Israel, wandering in the desert, thought with regretful longing of the succulent flesh-pots of their house of bondage--the fish they "did eat in Egypt." Yet in the Promised Land they were cut off from the Mediterranean shore by the Phoenician and the Philistine territories, and had only a few lakes to depend on for bony fresh-water fish--perch, bream, and carp. The old Romans were pronounced lovers of what Pope calls the "scaly breed," epicures in the days of the Empire giving extravagant prices for turbot, mullet, lampreys, and eels, the rich having "stews" in which to fatten the latter. They also highly appreciated sea-urchins, whelks, cockles, and oysters, far-away Britain being requisitioned for "natives," though how they were preserved alive and fresh during the long journey to Rome is somewhat of a mystery. The food of dwellers in the tropics is naturally composed largely of fish, rice and vegetables. But in the temperate latitudes of the Far East, China and Japan, we find that fish from time immemorial has been systematically cultivated, every river, pool, and suitable bit ...

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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. 1905. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XV FISH-EATING MANKIND THOSE mysteriously civilised prehistoric lakedwellers of Switzerland were ichthyophagi as well ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:52 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217477151

ISBN - 13:9780217477154

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