The North American Sylva: Or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia, Not Described in the Work of F.A. Michaux, Volume 1

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Page vii - Rocks rich in gems, and mountains big with mines, That on the high equator ridgy rise, Whence many a bursting stream auriferous plays : Majestic woods, of every vigorous green, Stage above stage, high waving o'er the hills : Or to the far horizon wide diffus'd, A boundless deep immensity of shade.
Page xii - America, amidst mountains of ice which opposed our progress in unusual array, we arrived again at the shores of the Atlantic. Once more I hailed those delightful scenes of nature with which I had been so long associated. I rambled again through the shade of the Atlantic forests, or culled some rare productions of Flora in their native wilds. But the "oft told tale" approaches to its close, and I must now bid a long adieu to the "new world...
Page x - I realized the poet's buoyant hopes amidst these solitary rambles through interminable forests. For thousands of miles my chief converse has been in the wilderness with the spontaneous productions of Nature; and the study of these objects and their contemplation has been to me a source of constant delight. This fervid curiosity led me to the banks of the Ohio, through the dark forests and brakes of the Mississippi, to the distant lakes of the northern frontier; through the wilds of Florida; far up...
Page 47 - ... Leaves 3 — 5-lobed, dentate, and wedge-shaped at the base ; somewhat glabrous. This is a stunted-looking low tree or bush, seldom seen above 20 ft. in height, with small deeply cut leaves. The oriental plane is one of the noblest trees of the East, where it grows to the height of 70 ft. and upwards, with widely spreading branches and a massive trunk ; forming altogether a majestic tree. The wood may be compared to that of the Л'сег Pseudo-Plátanus ; but very I \-"- ' » little use is made...
Page ix - Thirty-four years ago, I left England to explore the natural history of the United States. In the ship Halcyon I arrived at the shores of the New "World ; and, after a boisterous and dangerous passage, our dismasted vessel entered the Capes of the Delaware in the month of April. The beautiful robing of forest scenery, now bursting into vernal life, was exchanged for the monotony of the dreary ocean, and the sad sickness of the sea. As we sailed up the Delaware, my eyes were riveted on the landscape...
Page x - ... in the golden age : Quick let me strip thee of thy tufty coat, Spread thy ambrosial stores, and feast with Jove ! From these the prospect varies. Plains immense Lie stretch'd below, interminable meads, And vast savannahs, where the wandering eye, Unfixt, is in a verdant ocean lost.
Page 46 - ... lanceolate portions, of which the two lower are the smallest; all the divisions are quite entire, two of them in small leaves are suppressed, thus producing a leaf of only three parts. Above, as usual, the surface is at first clad with a yellowish copious down, formed of ramified hairs, which quickly falls off and spreads itself in the atmosphere. The under surface of the leaves are, however, always copiously clad with a coat of whitish wool, which remains.
Page 92 - Niemen, in Lithuania, which is surrounded by an extensive forest of Lime Trees. The triturated fruit produces also a paste very similar to that of cocoa. During the taste for grotesque decorations, the Lime, like the Yew, was cut into various imitative forms, and in some of the public gardens of recreation round Paris and Amsterdam there are very imposing colonnades, arcades, walls, pyramids, and other architecturallooking masses formed of this tree. The European Linden attains a height' of upward...
Page 37 - ... deep green entire leaves of a lanceolate figure; the branches produce abundance of large round berries, nearly the size of bird cherries, which are covered with a scale or coat of white wax; no part of this plant possesses any degree of fragrance. It is in high estimation with the inhabitants for the production of wax for candles...
Page 45 - ... soil. At first view it would be taken for the ordinary species, spreading out the same serpentine picturesque limbs, occasionally denuded of their old coat of bark, and producing the same wide and gigantic trunk ; but a glance at the leaves, no less than the fruit, would remind the Eastern traveller that he sojourned in a new region of vegetation, and objects apparently the most familiar he met around him, associate them as he would, were still wholly strangers.

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