Mental Improvement Volume 1; Or, The Beauties And Wonders Of Nature And Art. In A Series Of…

Paperback | May 8, 2012

byPriscilla Wakefield

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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. 1828 Excerpt: ...are designed. They form an elegant and com VOL. II. M modious covering for birds, defending them against cold and wet, assisting them, by their warmth, to hatch their young, and protect them against the inclemencies of the weather. Their glossy smoothness promotes their progress through the air easily and uninterruptedly, being placed with exquisite neatness, from head to tail, one folding over another with the closest uniformity. As a preservative to this nicety, the feathered tribes, especially water-fowl, are furnished with a little bag, situated near the tail, containing an oily or unctuous matter, with which they prune and dress their feathers. A soft down lies close to the body, beneath the feathers, which preserves the bird from cold: it possesses none of the compactness and strength of those on the outside, that are exposed to wind and weather. Cecilia. I admire when I observe the exactness of birds in dressing their feathers. A quarter of an hour spent in the aviary has animated me frequently to greater neatness and regularity in my own person. Mas. Hakcouiit. A lesson seasonably bestowed. You are too much inclined, my dear Cecilia, to be inattentive to that refined nicety which is the best ornament to female beauty. Sophia. The construction of the quillfeathers is admirably adapted to their use. The shaft or rib is exceedingly strong, which empowers it to resist the air; but the lower part of it is hollow; and that above, but little inferior to it in strength, is filled with pith. The vanes, or webs, by which I mean those feathers that grow like fringes upon each side of the quill, are wonderfully contrived to catch hold of, or clasp one another, and form an even, resisting surface, when the wing is expanded, so that not a single feather is depriv...

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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. 1828 Excerpt: ...are designed. They form an elegant and com VOL. II. M modious covering for birds, defending them against cold and wet, assisting...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:44 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.09 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217235441

ISBN - 13:9780217235440

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