The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1

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Author: Gilbert White
Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,744 / 127 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 57.5
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 656
Added to site: 2007.03.30
mnybks.net#: 16420
Genres: Nature, History, Science
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This stone is in great request for hearth-stones, and the beds of ovens; and in lining of lime-kilns it turns to good account, for the workmen use sandy loam instead of mortar, the sand of which fluxes, and runs by the intense heat, and so cases over the whole face of the kiln with a strong vitrified coat-like glass, that it is well preserved from injuries of weather, and endures thirty or forty years. When chiseled smooth, it makes elegant fronts for houses, equal in colour and grain to Bath stone; and superior in one respect, that, when seasoned, it does not scale. Decent chimney-pieces are worked from it of much closer and finer grain than Portland, and rooms are floored with it, but it proves rather too soft for this purpose. It is a freestone cutting in all directions, yet has something of a grain parallel with the horizon, and therefore should not be surbedded, but laid in the same position that it grows in the quarry. On the ground abroad this firestone will not succeed f

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