The Economy of the Eyes

Paperback | February 8, 2012

byWilliam Kitchiner

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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.1824 Excerpt: ... four-and-twenty pence! for a Groat a Year!! for the Glasses seldom require changing oftener than once in half-a-dozen years, and sometimes not in a dozen!!! CHAPTER XVII. ON THE VARIOUS DEGREES OF THE PERFECTION OF THE EYE AND EAR. Good, and well-educated Eyes are as much delighted with the Harmony of Colours--as fine Ears are with the Harmony of Sounds--and a cultivated Eye is as much distressed by ill-according Colours--as a cultivated Ear is offended by discordant Sounds. I well remember that excellent Musician, Dr. Arnold, telling me when I was studying composition with him, that when he first began to learn counterpoint, his Ears were so excruciated by the Chord of the 2nd of the Key--i. e. the Sharp 6th--that he used to call it " the Gritty Chord." It has been recorded that the Eyes of some persons have been gifted with such Penetrating power (as Dr. Herschell termed what I call Illuminating power)--that they could perceive the Moons of Jupiter.--See G. Adams on Vision, 8vo. 1789, p. 64. I have heard of, but never met with such Visual organs.--Common Eyes can scarcely perceive them with a good Achromatic Opera Glass magnifying 4 times. Father Castel invented an Ocular Harpsichord--which was strung with coloured tapes instead of wires, and being placed in a dark room, when the keys were touched, the transparent tapes which corresponded with them became visible. C. published a pamphlet describing this curious machine, which was translated into English, and I once had a copy of it. I have met with some very sensitive Ears--and have known several extraordinary Musicians who have been able, if a handful of the keys of a Harpsichord were put down, so as to produce the most irrelative combinations--to name each half-note without a mistake.--When I mentioned ...

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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.1824 Excerpt: ... four-and-twenty pence! for a Groat a Year!! for the Glasses seldom require changing oftener than once in half-a-dozen years, and...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217346537

ISBN - 13:9780217346535

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