Teneriffe, an Astronomer's Experiment: Or Specialisties of a Residence Above the Clouds

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Lovell Reeve, 1858 - Tenerife (Canary Islands) - 451 pages
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This was the first book ever illustrated by stereoscopic photographs, it contains 20 "photo-stereographs" of Teneriffe, taken by the author.

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Page 63 - Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
Page 29 - Here is another sketch of southern vegetation, drawn by Piazzi Smith during his excursion to Teneriffe : — " When walking at midday in one of the basalt-paved streets, each glittering stone sending back the full rays of a vertical sun, and the gleaming houses on either side affording a steady, white, hot glare of unmitigated sunshine, what words in a northern language can express the delightful emotions, when at the open gateway of one of the semiMoorish abodes we look in upon a grove of bananas...
Page 29 - Throwing a tender green shade over the interior court, their grand and delicatelystructured leaves rise up aloft, catch the fierce rays of the sun before they can do mischief, receive them into their substance, make them give out the most varied yellow greens ; pass them on from leaf to leaf subdued and softened — pass them on to the oleander's fountain of rose-pink flowers, to the dark-green of the orange-like myrtle and the bay ; and leave just light enough at last in the green cavern below to...
Page 302 - Instantly there rose before us, high above our heads, the Piton or sugar-loaf cone, forming the summit of Tenerife, resplendent with light-red and yellow, like some huge tower, gleaming in the brightness of the morning sun. " The place that we were on now, between the Malpays and the Piton, was Rambleta, by some described as a plain ; but there was so little flatness about it, that we could not very easily get a convenient comer for our breakfast service. There is really only a slight difference...
Page 340 - These images remained motionless at intervals, they then seemed to rise perpendicularly, descended sideways, and returned to the point whence they had departed. This motion lasted one or two seconds. Though we...
Page 304 - The north-eastern, northern, and north-western were the highest, whitest, and hottest parta of the crater walls. Towards the west and south they dipped considerably, and verged to an ordinary stone-colour inside ; outside they were red and brown all the way round the circle.
Page 305 - ... that one tourist described looking into with fear ; after he had " crawled " up on the outside to a high pinnacle, from whence he could safely make the survey. Only in the neighbourhood of the walls, is there much annoyance from puffing steam and vapour; while neither there, nor anywhere else, is more than a thin coating of sulphur, often bedewed with sulphuric acid, to be found.
Page 302 - Malpays again ; but coining to the projecting points of some red lava crags, we found such very fair footing that the ascent ought not to be spoken of as difficult by any man traveller. Here and there some warmth was felt in holes and cracks of the rock. The fissures increased continually in number and temperature; then a faint sulphurous smell was perceived. A few hasty steps more — and we were on the brim of the culminating crater, in the midst of jets of steam and sulphurous acid vapours.
Page ii - The only remedy is a most serene and quiet Air, such as may perhaps be found on the tops of the highest Mountains above the grosser Clouds.

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