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Search for Winter Sunbeams in the Raviera, Corsica, Algiers, and Spain


THIS interesting book will be welcome to those who are seeking to find a home in a sunnier clime than our own The author points out the beauties and the medicinal qualities of the south. In his preliminary chapter he explains the title, “Sunbeams,” giving the functions of light, music of light, analogy between light and sound, speaking especially of the life-giving power of the golden sunbeam. Quoting Prof. Maury's thoughts on light, he says, “that the organs of the human ear are so ordered that they cannot comprehend colour any more than the eyes can see sounds; yet, that we may hear over again the song of the morning stars, for light has its gamut of music ! The high notes vibrate with the violet of the spectrum, and the red extremity sounds the bass; and though the ear may not catch the song that the rose, lily, and violet sing, it may, for aught we know, be to the humming-bird the butterfly, and the bee, more enchanting than that which ‘Prospero's Ariel’ sung to the shipwrecked mariner.”

Search for Winter Sunbeams in the Raviera, Corsica, Algiers; and Spain.

With numerous illustrations. By Samuel S. Cox. (London: Sampson Low, Son, and Marston. New York: D. Appleton and Co.)

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Search for Winter Sunbeams in the Raviera, Corsica, Algiers, and Spain. Nature 2, 5–6 (1870).

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