A Cabinet of Quadrupeds Volume 1

A Cabinet of Quadrupeds Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ...and the most inaccefiible wilds; where it lives, like the Chamois and other mountain quadrupeds, displaying great activity in its motions, and flying with precipitation at the approach of man. Sometimes, in deep snow, they are compelled byhunger to descend to the southern plains, where they feed on young corn and rice. Though the chace of them is dislicult, and even dangerous, they are taken in confiderable numbers; for the traveller Tafvernier informs us, that in one journey he purchased seven thousand fix hundred and seventy-three musk bags. ' The drug, for which they are so much valued, is contained in an oval bag, or tumour, of the fize of a hen's egg, hanging from the middle of the belly of the male only. The musk is a secretion from the animal's fluids, made in the form of an.un6tuous, brownish matter, which may be squeezed through two external apertures in the bag. When dry, it is of a dark. reddish brown, or rusty black colour, and of a granulated texture. This THE TIBETIAN MUSK. when fresh, is so penetrating as to be almost insupportable in a large quantity. It is much employed in perfumery, and also in medicine, where it aets as a powerful stimulant and antispasmodic. The muskof Tibet is more esteemed than that of any other country. The dearness of this drug renders it very liable to adulteration. The flesh of the male animal is greatly infected with the odour, especially during the rutting season. The hunters cut oft' the bag as soon as taken, otherwise the flesh would not be eatable.. These are varieties of the same species, dissering only in the number of rifings they have on their backs; the Arabian, or Dromedary, having only one, whereas the Bactrian, or Camel, has two. The former is the most common: the latter is found...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236920694
  • 9781236920690