Chambers's Encyclopaedia; A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People, with Maps and Numerous Wood Engravings Volume 2

Chambers's Encyclopaedia; A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People, with Maps and Numerous Wood Engravings Volume 2

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...and zoological science. Under the first of these heads must be ranked, as of chief importance, the information concerning the Fernand Vas, Ogobai, and Rembo rivers (see Ogobai), and concerning the mountain chain which, between the equator and S. lat. 1, stretches from west to east from the neighborhood of the coast far into the interior of Africa. He made known the existence and described the characteristics and habits of a number of African tribes, among which particular interest attached to his account of the Fans (q. v.), a cannibal tribe, inhabiting a region on the western side of the coast-range of mountains, just to the north of the equator. His contributions to zoology related not only to the gorilla and other remarkable apes, some of them previously quite unknown, but included also many new species of mammals and birds. Many of the statements contained in this volume, however, being very extraordinary, it was received with much distrust, and was subjected to very adverse criticism; to which it was the more exposed because the author's journals having been put into the hands of a literary gentleman in America to be prepared for the press, separate journeys were mixed up in the narrative, and the chronology was tin-own into confusion. Much discussion took place in newspapers and periodicals, and some writers went so far as to assert their belief that Du C.'s stories about the gorilla were entirely fabulous, and that he had never seen the animal alive, but had purchased the specimens which he brought to England from natives on the coast. His descriptions of nest-building apes were, of course, also received with incredulity, and the truth of his account of the cannibal Fans was much doubted. The maps drawn up by Dr. Barth and Dr....show more

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  • Paperback | 1188 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 59mm | 2,068g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236889118
  • 9781236889119