The Young Shetlander and His Home

The Young Shetlander and His Home

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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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...for his short account of the islands, which was appended to a volume entitled. "Shetland Flora," the publication of which, a few years afterward, brought him into public notice as an authority upon certain points which he had carefully investigated. His botanical tour with Professor Forbes re'suited in a correspondence invaluable to Thomas, and honorable, and even profitable, to the mature scholar, who from the first had a high appreciation of. the remarkable genius of his young companion. He writes to him from Edinburgh, in April, 1840, "Circumstances have so fallen out that I have not been able to answer your most interesting letter before this....1 regret that Mr. Goodsir and I did not take the route in Shetland we first intended, the more so, as-the specimens you mention would have been invaluable treasures, as I am busily occupied with the lower classes of invertebrate animals. Among these tribes there is a grand field in Shetland. I know no place which would more certainly reward the investigator with a rich harvest.... I am sadly puzzled what elementary books to select for you. There are much better books in French than in English, and introductions to botany are more numerous and better than similar works on zoology. I inclose you a paper of mine on the star-fishes. When my book on that tribe is out I shall send it to you, number after number, by post. I should be very glad if you can give me any information on the Medusa's head star-fish, said to be called 'Argus' in Shetland; or on the sea-urchin, with very long spines, called 'Piper, ' and any fancies of the fishermen concerning them. Mr. Campbell tells me you have sent some notes to the Botanical Society. The plants you mention are good, and most acceptable to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660055X
  • 9781236600554