A philosophical account of the works of nature: endeavouring to set forth the several gradations remarkable in the mineral, vegetable, and animal parts of the creation, tending to the composition of a scale of life : to which is added, an account of the state of gardening, as it is now in Great Britain, and other parts of Europe : together with several new experiments relating to the improvement of barren ground, and the propagating of timber-trees, fruit-trees, &c. : with many curious cutts

Front Cover
Printed for W. Mears, 1721 - Botany - 194 pages
0 Reviews

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 45 - It is half an inch in length and a quarter of an inch in -width, a little more or less.
Page 192 - New improvements of planting and gardening, both philosophical and practical explaining the motion of the sap and generation of plants; with other...
Page 62 - ... gentleman having filled his pocket with spinach seed, conducted me to the side of the moat. We remained quiet for some time, the better to convince me that the fish would not come till he called them. At length he called in his usual way and immediately the fish gathered from all parts of the moat in such numbers that there was hardly room for them to lie by one another.
Page 168 - Difference is remarkable. We find five Sorts of Men; the White Men, which are 'Europeans, that have Beards; and a sort of White Men in America (as I am told) that only differ from us in having no Beards. The third sort are the Malatoes, which have their Skins almost of a Copper Colour, small Eyes, and strait black Hair.
Page 62 - ... for them to lie by one another, and then he flung some spinach seed among them, which they devoured very greedily. This alone would have satisfied me that fish had the sense of hearing ; but upon relating the story to some curious gentlemen, I was told, that at Sir William Bowyer's near Uxbridge, there is a pond of pikes or jacks, which they call together at pleasure, and, I think, this is more surprising than what I have mentioned of the carps ; for the pike is held to be a more wild, untameable...
Page 24 - Thury in the Memoirs of the Royal Academy of Sciences...
Page 62 - I had the pleasure," he says, " of seeing some carps fed, which were kept in a moat of considerable extent. The occasion of my seeing these creatures was chiefly to satisfy me that they were capable of hearing. The gentleman having filled his pocket with spinach seed, conducted me to the side of the moat.
Page xx - GlafTcs, than of fuch as are bulky enough for the naked Eye to take hold of. However, From the Confideration of fuch Animals as lie within the Compafs of our Knowledge, we might eafily form a Conclufion of the reft, that the fame Variety of Wifdom and Goodnefs runs through the whole Creation, and puts every Creature in a Condition to provide for its Safety and Subfiftance in its-proper Station.
Page 77 - Hair is hardly to be diftinguifhed but upon the larger fort ; and I think Down is only found upon what I call Fowls; for Birds and Fowls are in many things different from one another, viz. Birds always carry their Meat to their Young; Fowls lead their young ones to their Meat. All Fowls make their Nefts upon the Ground, whereas on the other hand Birds build for the moft part in Trees, Hedges, &c.
Page 128 - Gytinder, which when flipt off, and one End extended and held faft, will bring the other nearer it.

Bibliographic information