A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural History

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman, 1834 - 462 sivua
 

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Sivu 427 - I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Sivu 140 - The privy council sat day after day anxiously debating what measures should be adopted to ward off the danger of a calamity more to be dreaded, as they well knew, than the plague or pestilence. Expresses were sent off in all directions to the officers of the customs at the different outports respecting the examination of cargoes — despatches...
Sivu 422 - Almighty has chosen to make known the laws and mysteries of his works, — he who has devoted his life, and sacrificed his health and the interests of his family, in the most profound and ennobling pursuits, is allowed to live in poverty and obscurity, and to sink into the grave without one mark of the affection and gratitude of his country.
Sivu 94 - And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowls of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an helpmeet for him.
Sivu 6 - History," in which he first sought to define, by the precision of language, those more prominent and comprehensive groups of the animal kingdom, which, being founded in Nature, are exempt from the influence of time and the mutability of learning. Had this extraordinary man left us no other memorial of his talents than his researches in zoology, he would still be looked upon as one of the greatest philosophers of ancient Greece, even in its highest and brightest age. His eloquence and depth of thought...
Sivu 140 - ... written to the ambassadors in France, Austria, Prussia, and America, to gain that information of the want of which they were now so sensible : and so important was the business deemed, that the minutes of council and the documents collected from all quarters fill upwards of two hundred octavo pages b.
Sivu 140 - Arts, to whom the privy council had the wisdom to apply; and it was by Sir Joseph Banks's entomological knowledge, and through his suggestions, that they were at length enabled to form some kind of judgment on the subject. This judgment was, after all, however, very imperfect. As Sir Joseph Banks had never seen the Hessian fly, nor was it described in any entomological system, he called for facts respecting its nature, propagation, and economy, which could be had only from America. These were obtained...
Sivu 10 - Ortus sanitatis. De herbis et plantis; de animalibus et reptilibus; de avibus et volatilibus; de piscibus et natatilibus; de lapidibus et in terre venis nascentibus; de urinis et earum speciebus.
Sivu 24 - It contains his general system, or synopsis, of conchology, and is enriched with no less than 1059 plates or figures of shells ; among which several represent, with great accuracy, the internal structure of the animals themselves : most of these figures are so accurate, and all are so characteristic, that even to this day they are indispensable to the conchologist, and this remarkable volume forms one of the most valuable and standard works in this department of zoology...

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