A General History of Quadrupeds

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E. Walker, 1807 - Animals - 525 pages

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This book is a must for any serious student of early Natural History- The chapter on Dogs was essential in my studies of early Working Dogs in Britain - both Ralph Beilby and Thomas Bewick (who did the woodcut illustrations) were natives of Northumberland and spent most of their lives there. It is interesting to note that Bewick suggests the Australian Dingo had characteristics similar to the wolf - and in very modern times the "experts" have finally accepted that the Dingo is a wolf. The illustrations in this book are excellent throughout and give a wonderful insight into quadrupeds of the period from around 1790.
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Page 347 - My hounds are bred out of the Spartan kind, So flew"d, so sanded; and their heads are hung With ears that sweep away the morning dew ; Crook-kneed and dew-lapp'd like Thessalian bulls ; Slow in pursuit, but match'd in mouth like bells, Each under each.
Page 310 - By wintry famine roused, from all the tract Of horrid mountains which the shining Alps, And wavy Apennine, and Pyrenees, Branch out stupendous into distant lands ; Cruel as Death, and hungry as the grave, Burning for blood, bony, and gaunt, and grim, Assembling wolves in raging troops descend ; And, pouring o'er the country, bear along, Keen as the north-wind sweeps the glossy snow. All is their prize.
Page 47 - Now, shepherds, to your helpless charge be kind, Baffle the raging year, and fill their pens With food at will; lodge them below the storm, And watch them strict : for from the bellowing east, In this dire season, oft the whirlwind's wing Sweeps up the...
Page 126 - Their rein-deer form their riches. These, their tents, Their robes, their beds, and all their homely wealth Supply, their wholesome fare, and cheerful cups Obsequious at their call, the docile tribe Yield to the sled their necks, and whirl them swift O'er hill and dale...
Page 482 - When apprehensive of danger from dogs, it sought the protection of its master, and would endeavour to spring into his arms for greater security. It was frequently employed in catching fish, and would sometimes take eight or ten salmon in a day. If not prevented, it always made an attempt to break the fish behind the...
Page 36 - Their colour is invariably white, muzzle black ; the whole of the inside of the ear, and about one-third of the outside from the tip, downwards, red ; horns white, with black tips, very fine, and bent upwards ; some of the bulls have a thin upright mane, about an inch and a half, or two inches long...
Page 104 - ... a tobacco pipe ; it is about seven inches high, and about twelve from the point of the nose to the insertion of the tail. It is the most delicately shaped animal in the world, being completely formed like a stag in miniature ; except that its horns, when it has any, are more of the gazelle kind, being hollow and annulated in the same manner.
Page 349 - Flourish'd in air, low bending plies around His busy nose, .the steaming vapour snuffs Inquisitive, nor leaves one turf untried, Till, conscious of the recent stains, his heart Beats quick; his snuffling nose, his active tail, Attest his joy ; then with deep opening mouth, That makes the welkin tremble, he proclaims Th...
Page 229 - ... qualities, the seller was to forfeit to the buyer the third part of its value. If any one stole or killed the cat that guarded the prince's granary, he was to forfeit a milch ewe, its fleece and lamb ; or as much wheat as, when poured on the cat suspended by its tail (the head touching the floor) would form a heap high enough to cover the tip of the former.
Page 18 - ... and unmixed ; and the black, or brown, thick and lustrous. Such is the beauty of this creature, that it Seems by nature fitted to satisfy the pride and the pleasure of man ; and formed to be taken into his service. Hitherto, however, it appears to have disdained servitude ; and neither force nor kindness have been able to wean it from its native independence and ferocity.

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