This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ... which all seemed to have been killed by the fall, and here are the fragments." I opened the handkerchief in which the nest was brought, and ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 Excerpt: ... which all seemed to have been killed by the fall, and here are the fragments." I opened the handkerchief in which the nest was brought, and disclosed what appeared to be an irregular lump of mud. One side of it bore a perfect cast of the silk gros-grain fabric--a perfect mould, easily identified as from silk. The broken portion disclosed a smooth cavity with a few spiders, apparently dead, within it, and, with the number of others to be seen in the debris, show ing that the cell had originally contained no less than sixteen spiders, varying in size, but all of the same species. The lump of mud contained two other cells, each of which was similarly packed with the spiders, one of them yielding seventeen individuals. All of them were in the same limp and lifeless condition. But a closer examination of the mass revealed the secret of our queer spider nest. After a moment's search I brought to light in one of the cells a tiny egg, and in the second a small white grub in the act of finishing a meal from the mutilated remains of the spiders. "It is perfectly plain, don't you see," said I, " that this plump larva, and not the spider, is the real lord of the manor, and that all the spider prisoners did the spiders get there? Have they deliberately packed themselves here in this old wasp nest to be eaten up?" "Ah, then, you knew it was a wasp nest, did you?" "Why, of course," she replied. "It didn't occur to me at first, but I have often seen the same sort of mud nests on the beams of my garret; but never heard of the old ones being used by spiders. And.: then the spiders are all dead, and are not like any spiders that I have ever seen; and then there is that little worm and all. I don't understand the thing a bit.&...
Very Good (Book condition) Book A nice copy, but with slight lean to spine, wear to extremities and tanning to edges. An ex-library book with usual treatments. Text clean, binding strong. [Our rating system: 1. Fine; 2. Near Fine; 3. Very Good; 4. Good; 5. Fair. ]
Black & White Illustrations. G/-- 12mo., 322 pp., Cover frayed and stained; ex-library copy with stamps, pocket removed; cracked with soiling, title-page loose, c. Numerous illustrations by the author.
Good. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1901. Later printing. Hardcover. 322 pp. Good. No jacket, if issued. Ex-library with just library bookplates on pastedowns. Spine ends fraying, starting to show. Some discoloring on covers. Previous owners name in pen on front pastedown. Hinge starting at title page. Text and illustrations clean and bright.
First edition. Illustrated by WM. Hamilton Gibson. Good Hinges cracked and binding a little shakey, former owners name in pen on front end page, spine ends and panel corners bumped and rubbed, darkening of spine, some fading on panels but gold and green stamping on purple cloth still fairly bright, light browning on end pages and page edges, clean text, still an attractive copy. Illustrated by author.
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