Through the Fields with Linnaeus; A Chapter in Swedish History Volume 2

Through the Fields with Linnaeus; A Chapter in Swedish History Volume 2

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...fauna, headed by a fine eland. A director of the East India Company here gave him a bird-of-paradise, and other people gave him many other natural curiosities--insects, corals, nautilus shells, crystals, and treasures from foreign parts--which he names at full length, and which he packed carefully and sent home. People seem to have paid him much attention; he says, 'the learned Bishop Wallin gave himself the trouble to come and learn' of him. He devoted the next two days to describing the natural history of the neighbourhood. He gives a long list of plants, including the thrift,1 growing in part of the dried morass by the outfall on the battery island of Billingen, which is not covered by the.feeble tides of the Kattegat. The sea-thrift strangely interests naturalists. Linnaeus always notices it, and Kingsley is also anxious about it. He calls it 'one of those things 1 Staticc armeria, or Armeria maritima. which, slight in itself, sets one hunting in a new direction, and makes possible a rich discovery.' He asks, 'Is Armeria more likely to be a glacial form, an Atlantic form, or one belonging to an old Pleiocene temperate flora?' and he tries to find out if it grows near lead-mines. Linnasus next analysed the springs, and prescribed for the maladies of the whole country side. The poor country folks claimed and gained his attention, and he visited the hospital, then containing seventy-eight patients. 'The state of the revenue should (also) be considered as the index of the condition of the poor people, ' says Disraeli.1 Well, Gothenburg is well-off and prosperous, and its people look happy: one sees little of that waste, or refuse, in the shape of a dangerous class, of our hasty and imperfect processes of civilisation. The people are as polite as..show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236639677
  • 9781236639677