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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... Antwerp Crag, and others
from Swanage, and imbedded in the latter were to be seen perfect
specimens of willow leaves. Some extraordinary shells of the
Malleus vulgaris, and a gigantic oyster-shell, from India, with two
cases containing beautiful specimens of marine Polyzoa, neatly
mounted by Mrs. Bury, of Thornton Heath, were greatly admired. Mr.
Whitling exhibited a microscope and a graphoscope, and with the
latter some very beautiful views. Dr. Adams contributed largely to
the Natural History department by sending specimens of the
Australian Diver, the native bear of Australia (Koali, or "
biter"), the duck-billed Platypus, or water-mole, the Echidna, or
porcupine ant-eater; calabash, from the West Indies, Australian
war-clubs and spears, some of which had been lent by Mrs. Lockyer,
who also sent some Chinese chop-sticks. A wag, on observing that no
object had been placed in Dr. Adams's microscope, wrote on the card
which bore his signature, "Ex nihilo nihil fit," which caused no
little amusement, in which the Doctor participated when he
discovered the joke that had been perpetrated in his absence. The
cases of butterflies which had been artistically arranged in
imitation of a flower garden, by Mr. Cooper, gardener to Mr. Paget,
were greatly admired, not only for the harmonious blending of
colours, but also for the taste displayed in disposing of these
handsome insects to the best advantage. Mr. Thomas Cashing
exhibited three microscopes with interesting objects, amongst which
was a most beautiful collection of natural plants; twenty-four
photographs of scientific instruments constructed for the great
trigonometrical survey of India; and a differential polariscope,
which fully merited the largo share of attention it received.
|Country of origin:
Royal Microscopical Society
||246 x 189 x 7mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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