The Dawn of Modern Geography; A History of Exploration and Geographical Science Volume 1

The Dawn of Modern Geography; A History of Exploration and Geographical Science Volume 1

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...the deluge. Under the head of Thrace 8 we get some improvements upon the old and true tale of the migratory cranes. When these fly south for their yearly fight with the pygmies, lest the wind should drive them out of their course, they gorge themselves with sand and stones, and keep watch at night, 1 Sol. viii. 6; Me. II. ii. 10. Any educated man, adds a later text, translated in Golding, but not found in Mommsen's edition, is well aware that letters written in the ashes of that altar continue till the ceremonies of the next year. 'Sol. x. 1-12; PI. x. 59, 60. holding little weights in their claws,1 till they are past the Great Sea. The mention of Delos and Quail Island (Ortygia) gives a fine opening for quail stories, especially in Boeotia, where the bird is not found, but where it is held in honour for its peculiar properties, since "this animal alone, of all beasts, excepting man, suffers the falling sickness;" and with Mount Athos, which casts his shadow to Lemnos, fifty-six miles away, and is reckoned higher than where the rains come from, we are back again on the continent of Europe.2 Here, as we have seen, life is too confined for anything like free play of the imagination, and Solinus hurries on to Scythia (Russia and Tartary),8 where begins the third main division of his work, on more congenial and productive soil. In the waters to the south (as in the Black Sea) the dolphins show extraordinary activity, being often known to leap quite over the mainsails of passing ships; in the steppes themselves monsters of every kind delight the searcher after truth. Besides the beavers (who, like the lynxes of Italy, try to cheat their hunters by cunning devices), there are tribes of loupgaroux--of men who, at certain times, turn into...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236546032
  • 9781236546036