A Catalogue of the Ashmolean Museum: Descriptive of the Zoological Specimens, Antiquities, Coins and Miscelleaneous Curiosities

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S. Collingwood., 1836 - Antiquities - 188 pages
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Page 138 - T*T of an inch thick ; through this is seen the miniature, formed of enamelled mosaic, the compartments being let into cells of gold. " The figure is that of a man holding a fleur-de-lys in each hand. The reverse is a detached plate of gold (lying immediately on the back of the miniature) on which is elegantly traced a fleurde-lys, branching into three stems. The edge is bevelled towards the front, and contains the legend : J...
Page vii - The first division proposes to familiarize the eye to those relations " of all natural objects which form the basis of argument in Dr. Paley's " Natural Theology ; to induce a mental habit of associating the view " of natural phenomena with the conviction that they are the media of " Divine manifestation ; and by such association to give proper dignity " to every branch of natural science.
Page 139 - Possibly it was mounted upon a standard, (after the manner of the Roman eagle,) or was elevated upon the summit of a staff, being carried into battle, for the purpose of animating the soldiers. This conjecture is hazarded as affording an easy solution of the fabulous narratives, which state that St Neot, after his decease, was the constant ' attendant ' and ' forerunner ' of Alfred ; that he ' accompanied ' the king in his engagement with the Danes near Chippenham, ' led on the troops,' ' preceded...
Page vi - Happily, at this time, a taste for the study of natural history had been excited in the University by Dr. Paley's very interesting work on natural theology, and the very popular lectures of Dr. Kidd on comparative anatomy, and Dr. Buckland on geology. * Availing himself of this spirit, the curator induced the trustees to sanction a general repair of the Museum. Their wish was seconded by the liberality of the vice-chancellor and convocation. " When the room had been cleansed, repaired, and put in...
Page iv - As by their choice collections may appear, Of what is rare in land, in seas, in air ; Whilst they (as Homer's Iliad in a nut) A world of wonders in one closet shut. These famous antiquarians — that had been Both gardeners to the Rose and...
Page 139 - ... probably (says Dr Musgrave) a dolphin, or perhaps a griffin, the national emblem of the Saxons, having in its mouth a small tube, traversed by a strong rivet, to which a chain was doubtlessly attached ; on the reverse of the gem, the lower jaw is wanting, and its place is supplied by a scaly flat surface. As to the use to which this piece of jewelry was appropriated, opinion has been divided. Dr Hickes, Dr Musgrave, and the late Mr Whitaker, imagined that it must have been worn on the breast...
Page vi - Happily at this time [1824] a taste for the study of natural history had been excited in the University by Dr Paley's very interesting work on Natural Theology, and the very popular lectures of Dr Kidd on Comparative Anatomy, and Dr Buckland on Geology." In the arrangement of the contents of the Museum the illustration of Paley's work was given the foremost place by JS Duncan : " The first division proposes to familiarize the eye to those relations of all natural objects which form the basis of argument...
Page ii - The project of a public establishment of this nature waa first suggested by the will of Sir Hans Sloane, late of Chelsea, in the county of Middlesex, Bart.; who during a long period of eminent practice in physic, had accumulated a very large collection of natural and artificial curiosities, together with a numerous library of printed books as well as manuscripts; and who being well aware how much science is benefited by the opportunities which large aggregates of objects afford for comparing them...

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