Edwards, George, 1694-1773. / A natural history of birds. Most of which have not been figur'd or describ'd, and others very little known from obscure or too brief descriptions without figures, or from figures very ill design'd.
The preface, pp. v-xx
P R E F A C E. xi known, or might have been eajily difcovered in our own Country. go produce an Inflance of this, let any one knowing in Birds turn over Cornelius le Bruyn's Travels into Mufcovy, Perfia, &9c. there he will find defcribed the Spoon-bill, call'd in the Ruffian Language Calpetfe, Vol. i. P. 9i. of the Engli(h Tranjiation. The Bald Coot, cali'd in the Perfian, Paes-jelek, Fol. i. P. I 82. The Pelican, call'd by the Ruffians, Babbe or Water-Carrier, Vol. 2. P. i67. - Now thefe Birds being all very well defcribed by natural HiJ/orians, they need no farther Deftcrip- tions; but he did not mean to give us things before defcribed, but, through Ignorance in that particular Part of natural Hifiory, fuppofed thefe Birds altogether unknown, Jfnce he has not given them their common European Names; it is fiurprizing he /hould not know the Spoon-bill, becaufe thofe who have deftcribed it make it a Native of Holland, and tell the Place where it builds and breeds. It is Jfill more flrange he hould go to Ifpahan to figure and deficribe the Bald Coot, which abounds in every Canal and Dike round about the Hague the Place of his Birth: It Jhews a fond Inclination to di/cover the Rarities of foreign Countries, before a Perfon has attained the Knowledge of what is to be known in his native Country: which is to begin where one Jhould end; fot that all People who go abroad on any Di/coveries Jhdould le qualified as above- mentioned, but more particularly alljhould inform themfelves, as far as may be, at home, in thofe things they expreJly go to make farther Difs coveries of For want of Juch Raalifications, and through dizfone~f Principles, Vice and Indolence, many who have been jent abroad at the Expence of others, have in no fort anfwered the Expelations of thojf who fent them, which bath difcouraged Gentlemen of Curiofty and For- tune from advancing Money on fuchfruitle/s Expeditions. Neverthelefs fove Men thus jent, have with great labour and honefy an/wer'd the Expefations of their Patrons. It would be very proper for all Travellers into foreign Parts, to take notice of what Birds and Beadfs they find, and at what Seafons of the YEear they find them, and at what Times they difappear, and when they appear again; thatfo we "iay in time give a tolerable account *of the Places to which Bird) and Leafs of Paffage go that are found with us, ard in other Countrics only at certain Sea/ons of the Lear. Many may think perhaps that there are no
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