Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Volume 21

Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts Volume 21

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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. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...than to search in it for such a book as Pell's. Fortunately, the officials of the Harvard Library, to which Mr. Fearing's collection came in 1915, ' have arranged in chronological order some of the older angling books. As a result I found Pell within an hour after the notion of looking through the Fearing Collection first occurred to me. This seems to me a striking illustration of the help that a great collection of "dead " books may give to workers in fields apparently remote from that of their collector. 1 Our Publications, xiv. 253. I have not taken into account the single sentence borrowed from Purchas. ' Here I received the most generous assistance from our associate Mr. Samuel Henshaw. ' See an article on the Fearing Collection, by our associate Mr. George P. Winship, in the Harvard Alumni Bulletin of November 3, 1915, xviii. 92-94; and an article by Mr. Fearing in the Harvard Graduates' Magazine for December, 1915, xxiv. 263-274. These passages about the sea.-animals in John Dunton--particularly since the more misleading parts of his letters have been cleared up--were perhaps not so likely to mislead historians of New England as to justify the labor of discovering their sources. Nor has any zoologist, so far as I know, ever been tempted to cite Dunton as evidence that alligators formerly abounded in the North Atlantic. But to trace Dunton's sources is at least an amusing pastime, and it throws some additional light on his methods. These methods are so extraordinary that I have long since ceased to be astonished at anything he does. Yet I do confess to some surprise, in view of these revelations concerning Dunton, at one sentence in his account of the whale: he was particularly glad more

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  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236816846
  • 9781236816849