Lachesis Lapponica, Or, a Tour in Lapland: Now First Published from the Original Manuscript Journal of the Celebrated Linnaeus

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White and Cochrane, 1811 - Natural history
Account of travels of Carl von Linné in Lapland in 1732, translated from original Swedish manuscript. Includes descriptions of Lapps and of flora.

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Page 144 - Lapland fair-one excited. It might well be imagined that she was truly of Stygian origin. Her stature was very diminutive. Her face of the darkest brown from the effects of smoke. Her eyes dark and sparkling. Her eyebrows black. Her pitchy-coloured hair hung loose about her head, and on it she wore a flat red cap. She had a grey petticoat; and from her neck, which resembled the skin of a frog, were suspended a pair of large loose breasts of the same brown complexion, but encompassed, by way of ornament,...
Page 189 - This plant is always fixed on some little turfy hillock in the midst of the swamps, as Andromeda herself was chained to a rock in the sea, which bathed her feet, as the fresh water does the roots of the plant.
Page 132 - Ovid's description of the silver age is still applicable to the native inhabitants of Lapland. Their soil is not wounded by the plough, nor is the iron din of arms to be heard; neither have mankind found their way to the bowels of the earth, nor do they engage in wars to define its boundaries. They perpetually change their abode, live in tents, and follow a pastoral life, just like the patriarchs of old.
Page 141 - Our half boots were filled with the coldest water, as the frost, in some places, still remained in the ground. Had our sufferings been inflicted as a capital punishment, they would, even in that case, have been cruel; what then had we to complain of? I wished I had never undertaken my journey, for all the elements seemed adverse. It rained and blowed hard upon us. I wondered that I escaped with life, though certainly not without excessive fatigue and loss of strength.
Page 146 - My health and strength being by this time materially impaired by wading through such an extent of marshes, laden with my apparel and luggage, for the Laplander had enough to do to carry the boat; by walking for whole nights together; by not having for a long time tasted any boiled meat; by drinking a great quantity of water, as nothing else was to...
Page 147 - I looked at the fresh fish, as it was called, but perceiving its mouth to be full of maggots, I had no appetite to touch it ; but though it thus abated my hunger, it did not recruit my strength. I asked if I could have any reindeer tongues, which are commonly dried for sale, and served up even at the tables of the great ; but was answered in the negative. " Have you no cheese made of reindeer's milk ?" said I. " Yes," replied she, " but it is a mile off." " If it were here, would you allow me to...
Page 145 - O thou poor man ! what hard destiny can have brought thee hither, to a place never visited by any one before ? This is the first time I ever beheld a stranger. Thou miserable creature ! how didst thou come, and wbither wilt thou go ? Dost thou not perceive what houses and habitations we have, and with how much difficulty we go to church...
Page 3 - grand nonsense' that is insupportable. 'Now the winter-corn was half a foot high, and the barley had just shot out its blade. The birch, the elm, and the aspen tree began to put forth their leaves.
Page 188 - ... comparison with this lovely blossom. As I contemplated it I could not help thinking of Andromeda as described by the poets ; and the more I meditated upon their descriptions, the more applicable they seemed...
Page 146 - thou hast only to go the same way back again; for the river overflows so much, it is not possible for thee to proceed further in this direction. From us thou hast no assistance to expect in the prosecution of thy journey, as my husband, who might have helped thee, is ill.

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