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. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...The wild swan of the North has a note, or song3, and the Ancients only erred in applying it to all swans. Horapollo says that the swan was in Egypt the emblem of musick and musicians. Vast numbers were kept in the Middle Ages, even thirty-two on one manor; and from a Roll communicated by Sir Joseph Banks to the Society of Antiquaries, it appears that, in Lincolnshire, persons were privileged to keep them, and that they were distinguished by marks upon the bills4. Thrush. The Roman fondness for this bird, as a delicacy, is quite familiar. Nonnus describes the mode of fatting them with figs, mixed with fine flour, &c. in an aviary, in the middle of which was a gutter, supplied with the purest spring water. The Romans made presents of them tied together, in the form of a crown 5. Turkey. Oviedo, who wrote about 1525, first mentions this American bird. It was about this period introduced into England, and was reckoned a fine dish in 15S5 6. Wheat-ear. The Ficedula or Becafigo, a bird like the wheat-ear, was a choice delicacy among the Romans7. Wild-fowl were taken, among the Anglo-Saxons, both in day and night, by springes, and other ingenious contrivances8. III. Reptiles. Amphiptera. The dragon, so called, is supposed to have been taken from the flying lizard with two wings9. Boa Constrictor. Jerom, in St. Hilarion, says, "a dragon of wonderful magnitude, which the Dalmatians in their native language call Boas, because they are so large that they can swallow oxen 10. Cossus. A kind of worm found in trees, which the Phrygians, the inhabitants of l Enc. Apul. Met. viii. Gentlem. Recreat. pt. iii. 59--78. M. Paris, 140. Dec. Scriptor. 666 Hawk Mus. sv. 474. Nares, v. Walsingham. Enc. 3 There has been a recent publication on thi subject. Enc....
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