The Museum of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art Volume 22

The Museum of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art Volume 22

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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. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...were superfluous. At the moment of its appearance, it was stamped with universal approbation, nor is that opinion likely to be reversed. He touched nothing that he did not adorn. The most unproniising subject grows interesting under his hands. Some curious unnoticed habit, some striking incident connected with it, or some reflection of simple beauty, continually charms the reader. But what is most pleasing, is his true love of nature, and flowing from this, a healthy kindliness of feeling which renders it impossible for any person to read his book, without conceiving a personal regard for himself. There are several very pleasing traits of disposition in these volumes. In one of his letters he says, ' One of my boys caught a mouse in school a few days ago, and directly marched up to me with his prisoner. I set about drawing it that same evening; and all the while the paintings of its little heart showed it to be in the most extreme agonies of fear. I had intended to kill it, in Ob der to fix it in the claws of a stuffed owl, but happening to spill a few drops of water near where itwas tied, it lapped it up with such eagerness, and looked in my face with such an eye of supplicating terror, as perfectly overcame me. I immediately untied it, and restored it to life and liberty. The agonics of a prisoner at the stake, while the fire and instruments of torment are preparing, could not be more severe than the sufferings of that poor mouse, and insignificant as the object was, I felt at that moment the sweet sensations that mercy leaves on the mind when iihe triumph: over cruelty.' In short, for accurate observation, clear and eloquent description, united to a true benevo_ perhaps be said to have been unrivalled, unti Mr. Audubon...
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  • Paperback | 750 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 38mm | 1,315g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236959116
  • 9781236959119