The Romance of Natural History
Cosimo, Inc., 1. jun. 2007 - 416 sider
"Night-attack of wolves in Mongolia." "Nearly fatal combat with a kangaroo." "Comic scenes with the Elephant." "Captain Herriman examines a supposed Sea-serpent." This charming book, published by British naturalist PHILIP HENRY GOSSE (1810-1888) in 1860, was a best seller in its day, and no wonder: this is a passionate around-the-world journey through nature both wild and serene... and mysterious. "In the annals of cryptozoology," says cryptozoologist Loren Coleman in his new introduction, "Gosse is credited as one of the grandfathers of the discipline... In this book, one finds his records of the sea serpent, giant snakes, African unicorn, South America ape, and Ceylonese devil-bird, reflecting this early interest in romantic zoology, the precursor of cryptozoology." This new edition, complete with the original elegant illustrations, is part of Cosimo's Loren Coleman Presents series. LOREN COLEMAN is author of numerous books of cryptozoology, including BIGFOOT!: The True Story of Apes in America, and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters.
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Charm of the UnknownExpectation of an exploring Naturalist
THE SEASERPENT on the Emlwmurian hypothesis
A GROUP OF TREEFERNS
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Africa America animal appearance approach bear beautiful become birds body branches butterflies called Captain character clear close coast colour course covered creatures dark deep depth described discovered distance effect exist fall feet fishes five forest give going green growing hand head heard height hundred immense inches inhabitants insects interest island kind known land leaves length less light living look mass measured miles minute mountain naturalist nature nearly never night numbers object observed ocean passed perhaps persons plants present probably reach regions remains rise river rock round says scarcely scene seems seen serpent ship side sight snow sound South species spring stand supposed surface thousand traveller trees trunk turn vast vegetable watch whole wild wings woods yards
Side 196 - And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea ; into your hand are they delivered.
Side 147 - Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps: Fire and hail; snow and vapours: stormy wind fulfilling his word: Mountains and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars: Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl...
Side 201 - Thou'rt gone, the abyss of heaven Hath swallowed up thy form; yet, on my heart Deeply hath sunk the lesson thou hast given, And shall not soon depart. He who, from zone to zone, Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight, In the long way that I must tread alone, Will lead my steps aright.
Side 9 - The rainbow comes and goes, And lovely is the rose, The moon doth with delight Look round her when the heavens are bare, Waters on a starry night Are beautiful and fair; The sunshine is a glorious birth; But yet I know, where'er I go, That there hath passed away a glory from the earth.
Side 179 - Delight itself, however, is a weak term to express the feelings of a naturalist who, for the first time, has wandered by himself in a Brazilian forest. The elegance of the grasses, the novelty of the parasitical plants, the beauty of the flowers, the glossy green of the foliage, but above all the genoral luxuriance of the vegetation, filled me with admiration.
Side 107 - I observed a number of advanced works, in various directions, towards my pictures; the glasses appeared to be uncommonly dull, and the frames covered with dust; on attempting to wipe it off, I was astonished to find the glasses fixed to the wall, not suspended in frames as...
Side 324 - ... a dark brown with yellowish white about the throat. It had no fins, but something like the mane of a horse, or rather a bunch of sea-weed, washed about its back.
Side 79 - Kentucky, are blind. In some of the crabs the foot-stalk for the eye remains, though the eye is gone ; — the stand for the telescope is there, though the telescope with its glasses has been lost. As it is difficult to imagine that eyes, though useless, could be in any way injurious to animals living in darkness, their loss may be attributed to disuse.