The Sea-side Book: Being an Introduction to the Natural History of the British Coasts

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John Van Voorst, 1849 - Coastal animals - 256 pages
The first edition of this popular work appeared in 1849, but there were other editions in the same year and many that followed. The author had previously written the highly respected A Manual of the British Alae, and Phycologia Britannica. The author describes in some detail all the natural objects one can find at the sea shore, marine animals, sea weeds, plants, including microscopic, etc, the work feeding the great interest in marine topics and collections of the British public, which resulted in the aquarium hobby developing in the latter part of the 18th century -- Abe books website.
 

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Page 188 - Beyond the shadow of the ship I watched the water-snakes; • They moved in tracks of shining white; And when they reared, the elfish light Fell off in hoary flakes. Within the shadow of the ship I watched their rich attire — Blue, glossy green, and velvet black, They coiled and swam; and every track Was a flash of golden fire.
Page 31 - IT is the soul that sees; the outward eyes Present the object, but the mind descries; And thence delight, disgust, or cool indiffrence rise: When minds are joyful, then we look around, And what is seen is all on fairy ground; Again they sicken, and on every view Cast their own dull and melancholy hue; Or, if...
Page 205 - And there the ocean's produce to explore, As floating by, or rolling on the shore ; Those living jellies which the flesh inflame, Fierce as a nettle, and from that its name ; Some in huge masses, some that you may bring In the small compass of a lady's ring...
Page 119 - Of fish, that with their fins and shining scales Glide under the green wave, in sculls that oft Bank the mid sea : part single, or with mate, Graze the sea-weed their pasture, and through groves Of coral stray, or sporting with quick glance Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold...
Page 172 - We are then in a world of spirits, as well as in a world of sense, and we hold communion with it, and take part in it, though we are not conscious of doing so. If this seems strange to any one, let him reflect that we are undeniably taking part in a third world, which we do indeed see, but about which we do not know more than about the Angelic hosts,—the world of brute animals.
Page 204 - The startling announcement of the poetnaturalist, " that a Salpa mother is not like its daughter or its own mother, but resembles its sister, its granddaughter and its grandmother," was combated at first, but stated to be true by Sars, Krohn and others.
Page 119 - Graze the sea-weed their pasture, and through groves Of coral stray, or sporting with quick glance Show to the sun their waved coats dropt with gold ; Or in their pearly shells at ease attend Moist nutriment, or under rocks their food In jointed armour watch : on smooth the seal And bended dolphins play ; part, huge of bulk, Wallowing unwieldy, enormous in their gait, Tempest the ocean...
Page 179 - From their siliceous nature, they resist even the strong heat of volcanoes, and their remains are found thrown up in the pumice and dust from the crater. In fact, it is difficult to name a nook on the face of the earth, or in the depths of the sea, where they are wholly absent, either in a dead or living state ; and their office, in the general economy, besides affording food for the humble members of the animal kingdom, seems to be the preparation of a soil for a higher class of vegetables. This...
Page 144 - I spread it out on a rowing-bench, the better to admire its form and colours. On attempting to remove it for preservation, to my horror and disappointment I found only an assemblage of rejected members.
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