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Referring to the article CHRISTMAS for a notice of provisions : When a B. belongs to any ship or othe some of the observances on this occasion, we need vessel, the naine of the vessel and of the place to here only say, that in the “boar's-head carols' are which she belongs must be painted on the outside of found some of the most interesting specimens of the the stern of the B., and the master's name within old English convivial verses. The following, from a side the transom—the leiters to be white or yellow carol printed by Wynkin de Worde (1521), may be on a black ground. Boats not belonging to ships of given :

other vessels must be inscribed with the name of Capud 4pri defero

the owners and the port to which they belong. All Reddens laudes Domino.

boats having double sides or bottoms, or any secret The boar's head in hand bring I,

places adapted for the concealment of goods, are With garland gay and losemary ;

liable to forfeiture. I pray you all sing merrily

The boats intended for the rescue of shipwrecked Qui estis in convivio.

persons, or crews and passengers exposed to that The boar's head, I understand, Is the chief service in this land ;

BOA'T-FLY (Notonecta), a genus of insects of Look wherever it be found,

the order Hemiptera (q. V.), suborder, Heteroptera, Servite cum cantico.

and of the family of the Hydrocorisce, or WaterThe boar's head erased,' according to heraldic bugs (q. v.). All of them, like the rest of the family, plıraseology, is a well-known cognizance of a number are aquatic insects. Their English name is derived of old families, particularly the Gordons ; it also from their boat-like form, eminently adapted for formed the sign of a tavern at Eastcheap, London, progression in water, and probably also from their which has been immortalised by Shakspeare. On remarkable habit of always swimthe site of this famed tavern now stands the statue ming on their back-peculiar to the of William IV.

genus Notonecta, as restricted by BOAST (Fr. Ebaucher) a word in use with recent entomologists—and of resting sculptors. To B., as its French original implies,

in this posture suspended at the suris to block out a piece of stone or wood, so as to

face of the water. The known species form a rude approach to the ultimate figure, leaving

of this genus are not numerous. One the smaller details to be worked out afterwards.

of them, N. glauca (sometimes called P Ornamental portions of buildings are often inserted

the Water Boatman), is common in water Boatman in their places in this condition, and frequently re

Britain : it is about half an inch long,"
and varies considerably in colour;

8 main so if they are in an obscure position.

(11. glauca).

* but exhibits a general greenish tinge, the other

colours being black, brown, and gray. They fly Boats differ, however, greatly one from another.

well, but seldom use their wings. They move with They may be slight or strong, sharp or flat-bottomed,

difficulty on dry ground. When they descend into decked or undecked, swift for despatch or roomy for cargo, ornamental for pleasure or plain for hard

the water, they carry down a supply of air for service, deep or light of draught for deep or shallow

respiration in a hollow between their folded wings.

They feed on animal substances, and often kill and water. The chief varieties supplied to ships of war are the following-Long-B.: the largest B. of a ship,

devour those of their own species. furnished with mast and sails ; it is either armed BOATING, the art of managing and propelling and equipped, to render warlike service in certain a boat. This is done either by means of oars or situations, or it is employed to fetch water, wood, sails. As sailing is fully treated under the head of provisions, and heavy stores on board. Launch: | YACHTING, rowing only is dealt with here. The most longer and more flat-bottomed than the long-B. ; | | ancient form of boat known to have been used in being rowed with a greater number of oars, it makes the British Islands is the coracle; it is still much more rapid progress up rivers. Barge : a long, used in Wales. The coracle is but a large wickernarrow, light B., employed in carrying the principal work basket, covered with skins, or some thin water officers to and from the ship; for other kinds of proof substance stretched over the wicker-work, boats or vessels under this name, see BARGE.strengthened by a cross seat. Seated in one of these Pinnace : a B. for the accommodation of the inferior rude boats, with but a single paddle, it is astonishofficers; it has usually eight Ours, whereas the barge ing with what dexterity the paddler will skim over has ten or more. Cutter : broader, deeper, and broken water, and avoid dangers which would infalshorter than the barge or pinnace; it is rowed libly destroy a heavier or less manageable craft. with six oars, sometimes hoisting a sail, and is From the coracle spring all the varied classes of chiefly employed in carrying light stores, provisions, boats now in use, either as pendants to ships, or as and crew. Jolly-B.: a smaller cutter, rowed with used for pleasure traffic or a means of conveyance four oars instead of six. Yawl: small in size, and upon our rivers and inland waters. The wherry next used for nearly the same purposes as cutters and claims attention. There are many kinds of wherries, jolly-boats. Gig: a long narrow B., rowed with six but we only notice the Thames wherry. This is or eight oars, and employed by the chief officer on stoutly built, and is constructed to carry about expeditions requiring speed. Sone of the above- eight passengers. It is usually managed by one named boats are diagonal-built for strength; the sculler or two oarsmen; it is almost entirely others are clincher-built, to be as light as possible. employed by watermen for the conveyance of The largest ships of war carry boats of all these passengers or pleasure-parties. The boats used for various kinds, varying in weight from 110 cwt. down rowing as a sport or pastime are of a much lighter to 10 cwt.; the smaller ships carry fewer; while and sharper build. They are constructed of all sizes, merchant-ships have seldom more than three- to carry from eight oarsmen down to a single sculler. except passenger-ships, which are bound by law to Of this class of boats, for racing purposes, we have carry boats enough to save all the passengers the 8, 6, 4, 2, and single pair oared boats; while in and crew in case of disaster. There are other contests between single scullers, we have what is kinds of boats which do not belong to ships. See denominated the wager-boat-a boat so frail and BOATING.

light in its proportions, that none but a most expeIn reference to the legal regulation of boats in rienced sculler can sit in one without danger of the merchant-service, the following are the chief | upsetting. For pleasure, we have another class of

BOATING-BOAT-LOWERING APPARATUS.

boats denominated gigs, of stouter and more capa- men's apprentices, on the 1st of August. It is a cious build; they are constructed either for four prize held in high estimation by young aspirants Oars, a pair of oars, or single sculls. Boat-racing to rowing honours. But the events of most note is a practice of some antiquity, but it has only in the rowing world are the Oxford and Camculminated in our day. Many prizes have been bridge 8-oared match, rowed annually upon the given from time to time for competition, some of Thames, from Putney to Mortlake. This match which have been made annual. Perhaps the most has not been a regular yearly match, there having famous of all these is Dogget's coat and badge, been occasional intervals at times of a year or two. which is rowed for yearly on the Thames by water. In 1829, 1842, 1849, 1852, 1854, 1857, and 1859,

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the Oxford boat carried off the prize; Cambridge, to his titles champion of the Thames also. So much having wrested it from Oxford in the years 1836, is B. favoured at our universities, that almost every 1839, 1840, 1841, 1845, 1846, 1849, 1856, 1858, college has its club. 1860. 17 matches have come off in 32 years, the BOAT-LOWERING APPARATUS is the name balance being still on the side of Cambridge. It given to certain ropes and pulleys for lowering boats will be noticed that two matches were rowed in from ships quickly and safely, in case of emergency. 1849. The best picked men from each university are Every passenger-ship is compelled by law to carry a selected to contest this great event, and the hardest certain number of boats, depending on the tonnage ; exercise and the severest training gone through by and every ship of war necessarily carries boats (see the crews, to improve their wind, strength, and Boat) for minor services; but until recent years the endurance, for months before the day of rowing; apparatus was very inefficient for lowering these their diet consisting maiuly of the plainest cooked boats from the davits or cranes by which they are lean meat and potatoes, with malt liquors, spirituous usually suspended. In shipwreck or other emerdrinks being prohibited, and the duties of temper- gencies at sea, the boats were, until recent years, ance, soberness, and chastity strictly enforced. It often so difficult to extricate that they could not be was at one time thought that light men stood the lowered in time to save the crew and passengers : best chance in these matches, and men weighing or in lowering they capsized, and plunged the nine and ten stone were preferred; but experience unhappy persons into the sea. Many inventors has shewn this to be an error, and ten, eleven, and have recently directed their ingenuity to this subtwelve stone men are now chiefly selected. The ject, with a hope of devising a remedy. In Lacon's distance lowed upon this course, which is called apparatus, the principal feature is the employment 5 miles, is about 41. The time chosen is usually of a friction-brake, by which one man can regulate at slack-tide, and the time taken in rowing varies the rate of descent to varying degrees of speed. according as there is little or no tide or wind, or the Captain Kynaston's disengaging hooks are intended reverse, from 19 to 26 minutes. Robert Coombes is not only to lower boats quickly and safely when said to have rowed it on one occasion in 18 minutes. suspended over the side of the ship, but also to hoist The Cambridge boat, in a closely contested race them out quickly when they happen to be stowed in 1860, did the distance in 26 minutes 5 seconds, in-board. Wood and Rogers's apparatus resembles having previously, in one of their trials, rowed it Kynaston's in this: that the actual lowering from in 217, the young ebb-tide, on the day of the match, the ship is effected by the crew on shipboard, leaving being against them upon the latter half of the course. to the person or persons in the boat only the duty of From 36 to 44 strokes of the oar taken per minute is disengaging it from the tackle. But the apparatus held to be fair racing-pace; and a long steady even which now engages most attention is Clifford's, the stroke-the blade of the oar not being dipped too leading principle of which is, that the lowering and deeply in the water, or thrown too high abovet he disengaging are both effected by one man seated the surface when withdrawn, the arms being welli n the boat. Two ropes or lowering pendants, c and extended in taking the stroke, and the elbows (see fig.), descend from two davits; pass through brought well home to the sides at the conclusion- blocks or sheaves, f; then through other blocks, h, is the kind of stroke now preferred by connoisseurs. within and near the keel of the boat; and finally, The other great events of the boat-razing world are round a roller, a, placed horizontally beneath the the regattas of Henley and Putney. At the former, seat on which the manager of the boat takes his the Oxford and Cambridge crews usually fght their place. By means of a winding-rope, b, held in one battle over again in conjunction with others for hand, he can regulate the speed with which the the challenge-cup. At l'utney, Aug. 27, 1869, the other two ropes uncoil themselves from the roller, well-contested race between the Harvard and Oxford thus graduating the boat's descent to the water's clubs was won by the latter by about 2 boat lengths, level. When lowered, the two ropes can be or 6sec. in time. Distance 41 miles, time 22 m. The thrown off and the boat set free. The slings or most renowned champion of the Thames was Robert lifts, (, are intended to prevent the canting or Coombes, who wrested the championship from Charles upsetting of the boat. The lanyard, m, belongs to Campbell on the 20th of Aug. 1846, having previously the lashings, į, which hold the boat to the side of defeated all the best men. He held it unbeaten for the ship; but by the thimbles, k, slipping off the above six years. He at length succumbed to the prow-prongs, o, the boat is liberated. The efficiency of ess of Cole in 1852. Cole, in 1854, was beaten by Mes- the apparatus is most remarkable. In 1856, by ·senger ; Messenger yielded the palm to Kelly in 1856 ; order of the Admiralty, experiments were made and Kelly was at length, in 1859, beaten by Robert! with the starboard-cutter of H.M.S. Princess Royal. Chainbers, the champion of the Tyne, who now adds Twelve men got into the boat while it was hanging

BOATSWAIN-BOBBINS.

from the davits; it weighed, with the crew and the the davits to the water. Many other experiments gear, nearly three tons; nevertheless, this cutter, of a similar kind were made. Clifford's apparatus is thus laden, was successfully and quickly lowered by now supplied to many ships of war and merchantone of the twelve men, to a depth of 40 feet from vessels; and many lives have been saved by its

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means, under circumstances which would almost the ends, to hold yarn, which is wound on them as certainly have proved fatal under the old mode of a preparatory process to warping in the manufacture lowering boats from the davits.

of cloth. B. are likewise extensively used in the The apparatus above described is a mere append- spinning of yarn, chiefly in the preparatory proage, not necessarily depending on the form and cesses, for holding rove. In thirostle-spinning, howconstruction of the boat.

ever, they are an essential part of the machinery, BOA'TSWAIN is a warrant officer on board her

as they receive the thread on their respective Majesty's shins who has chance of the housta sila | spindles as it comes from the rollers. B. are likerigging, cables, anchors, flags, and cordage. He is

wise very extensively used in the manufacture of immediately under the master in some of these duties; I

thread. he frequently examines the masts and yards, sails

Besides these, there are three other kinds of B., and ropes, to report on their condition and efficiency. |

although not of the genuine type, which deserve to He also keeps account of all the spare rigging, &c.,

. | be named as belonging to the class-viz. : the B. and superintends the replacement of old by new.

used for holding silk, which are flangeless, the ends The B. has certain duties in connection with the

being merely raised and rounded a little, by slightly crew: he assists in the necessary business of the

hollowing the barrel. Then the bobbin, called in ship, and, in relieving the watch. In bad weather,

| Scotland pirn, for delivering the weft from the he looks well to the boats and anchors, especially

shuttle, is simply a tapered pin, bored, it may be', when night is coming on. A B. should be a good

throughout, with but the rudiments of a flange at sailor, a good rigger, and a vigilant, sober, firm man.

the thick end; and next, the bobbin used for a The boatswain's mate assists in all the above

similar purpose in lace-weaving, is merely a thin named duties; and to him is assigned the repulsive

metal pulley, about the size of a halfpenny, deeply office of inflicting the flogging to which seamen are

grooved in the rim, to hold the thread-weft. B., sometimes sentenced.

again, of a large size, and flanged and ribbed like the BO'BBIN-NET is the name of a kind of net

frame of a sand-glass, are called reels, are chiefly

used in cordage-spinning, and are frequently of iroir. fabric, usually made of cotton-thread. It is of the

The B. used in the thread manufacture are small, . nature of lace, but is being from less than one inch to more than twee li made in the lace-frame according as they are made for three or six plv-cora,

instead of by hand. I and holding 200 yards each. The thread B., and The texture is pecu- those for warping, are of hard wood, turned out of ile liar: it consists in the solid block; but the larger B., for rove, called slus. interlacing of a set of bing B., are of pine, with the ends and barrels turned long threads, represent- l individually on the sanie arbor, and glued together. ing the warp in com- The quantity of B. used in the various branches mon weaving, with a ! of business is enormous. In the thread manufacture set of cross ones (the l alone, the wood required for them, in Britain only, weft), in such a manner is stated to be at least 40,000 tons annually ; aird

as to forn a inesh- I assuming that a ton of wood produces 50 gross, Bobbin-net texture. texture. B. is one of taking the small and large together, we have

the most elegant of | 2,000,000 gross annually consumed in this manufa'textile fabrics, and forms an extensive branch of ture, costing from 5d. to ls. 4d. a gross, according in business, the chief seat of the manufacture in size, or, at an average, at least £80,000. this country being Nottingham. SEE LACE MANI- This enormous production is, of course, the result FACTURE.

of the machinery employed in it. The thread B. BO'BBINS are small wooden rollers, flanged at' are turned by a self-acting lathe, which turns out

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BOBBIO-DOCCACCIO.

about 100 gross in 10 hours, thereby effecting a ! BOBRUÏ'SK, a fortitied town of Russia, in the Siving of aliont sixteenfold, as compared with hand. gorernment of Minsk, and 88 miles south-east of turning; whilst the attendant has nothing to do but the city of that name. It is situated on the right feed the machine hy dropping the blocks into a hop- bank of the Beresina, and is a station for the steamper, from which they pass singly into the lathe, where packets navigating the Dnieper and Beresina. It was they are finished and dropped one by one out of the besieged ineffectually by the French in 1812. Pop. machine.

stated at 10,000. The quantity and value of the B. made use of, for

BO'B-STAY, in the rigging of a shin, is a rope warping and spinning, in the various manufacturing districts of the country, cannot be so well ascer

used to confine the bowsprit down to the stem or tained. It must be very great.

cut-water; its purpose is to keep the bowsprit The price of the B. ranges from about 6s, a gross to

steady, by counteracting the force of the stays of about £18; or 28. 6d. a piece for the large woodene

the foremast, which draw it upwards.

for B. used in cordage-spinning. The wood for B. is BO'CA (Span. meaning Mouth), a term applied to becoming scarce, so enormous is the supply wanted; I the entrance of various straits and rivers, chiefly in and the trade is now under apprehension as to how : America.--1. B. Chica, the channel of 28 miles in it is to be kept up.

| length, which leads to Cartagena in New Granada. BO'BBIO, a town of Piedmont, capital of the --2. B. de Navios, the largest and most southerly province of the same name, is situated near the left outlet of the Orinoco.--3. B. Grande, a bay of the bank of the Trebbia, about 37 miles north-east of Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Zucar, in Costa Genoa. B. is an ancient place, having originated | Rica.4. B. del Toro, on the Caribbean Sea, in Costa from a church and convent erected here in the Rica, in lat. 9°20' N., and long. 82°W. end of the 6th, or beginning of the 7th C., inBO'CCA TIGRIS, or BOGUE, the name given to the crypt of which St. Columbanus and some that portion of the estuary of the Canton River of his disciples lie buried. B. has a cathedral, an (ar) extending north from lat. 22° 45' N. : south episcopal palace, and a place belonging to the of this point, thé estuary is designated the Outer Malaspina family. It is guarded from the inunda- Waters. In the centre of the B. T. are the rocky tions of the Pellice by a long embankment, built islands of North and South Wantung while on the by a money-grant from Oliver Cromwell, during east the B. T. has the islands of Anunchoy and whose protectorate the town was nearly destroyed Chuendee, and on the west the Tr-cock-tow island. by an inundation. Pop. 3976.

On these islands are situated the Bogue forts, which BO'BIA, or PIRATE ISLE, a singular island in have been more than once captured by the British. the Bay of Amboise, off the coast of Guinea, Africa. The last time they were taken was iu Norember Originally of considerable size, it has been greatly 1856, the occasion of quarrel being the refusal of reduced by the action of the waves, and the same the Chinese to make proper reparation for the capagency is still gradually lessening it. It is difficult ture of a vessel under British protection, but alleged, of access, on account of the precipitous character of l on the other hand, to be nothing but a smuggling its shores, but is said to be densely peopled. craft, contriving to hide its real character by hoisting

BO'B-O-LINK, or BO'BLINK, REED BIRD. or the British flag. RICE BIRD (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), a bird nearly BOCCACCIO, GIOVANNI, the celebrated author allied to buntings and sparrows, but of a genus of the Decamcrone, was born in Paris, 1313. He characterised by stiff-pointed tail-feathers. It is styled himself Da Certaldo, and was sometimes rather larger than a yellow-hammer; and the male nanied il Certaldlese by others, because his family in his summer or nuptial plumage exhibits a fine sprang from Certaldo, a village in the Florentine contrast of colou's, black, yellow, and white. The territory. From an early period he displayed an female differs greatly from the male in colours of invincible attachment to poetry, which his father plumage, yellowish-brown chiefly prevailing; and attempted in various ways to thwart; but as soo:1 in the latter part of summer, the males assune the as B. had attained his majority, he commenced to comparatively dull hues of the females. The B. is follow vigorously his own inclinations, poetising a bird of passage, spending the winter in the West both in the Italian and Latin tongues, but not with Indies. In summer it is found as far north as the any 'fine issues.' In prose he succeeded far better, banks of the Saskatchewan, in lat. 54°, but is most developing quickly that airy grace of style which plentiful in the Atlantic states and other eastern suits so admirably his light and lively tales, and parts of America, where it is to be seen in every which soon placed him in the highest rank of meadow and cornfield. It renders good service by Italian prose-writers. He studied Dante closely, the destruction of insects and their larvæ; but the but did not confine himself to literature proimmense flocks which congregate on their return perly so called. In 1350, B. formed an intimate southwards in autumn, commit great ravages in the friendship with Petrarch, and, following his friend's rice-plantations of Carolina. At this season, these example, collected many books and copied rare birds become extremely fit, and are killed in great MSS., which he could not afford to buy. It is numbers for the table. Their flesh is delicate, and said that he was the first Italian who ever proresembles that of the ortolan.

cured from Greece a copy of the liad and the The B. generally makes its nest in a grassy | Odyssey. He also wrote a Genealogy of the Gods, in . meadow, an artless structure of a few dry stalks 15 books, which was unquestionably the most comand leaves, with a lining of finer grass. It displars prehensive mythological work that Evrope had as the same instinct with many other birds, of seeking yet seen. But not only was B. one of the most to lead intruders away from its nest, by pretending learned men of his time, he was also one of the great anxiety about some other part of the field. most enlightened in his scholarship. He belped During the breeding-season, the males are very to give a freer direction and a greater expansiveness musical, singing mostly in the air, in which they to knowledge, stimulated his contemporaries to the seem to rise and fall in successive jerks. Their song study of Greek, and wished to substitute the wisdom is very pleasing, and “is emitted with a solubility of antiquity for the umprofitable scholasticism that bordering on the burlesque.' On account of their prevailed. beauty and powers of song, many are caught, caged, While in Naples (1311), B. fell passionately in love and sold in the New York and other markets. with a young lady who was generally supposed to

BOCCAGE-BOCKII.

be an illegitimate daugliter of King Robert. His , education at Lerden, he was chosen pastor of the passion was returned, and to gratify his mistress, Protestant church at Caen, where he became verv B. wrote Il Filocopo, a prose-romance, and after popular. In 1629, he gained great reputation by his wards La Teseide, the first attempt at romantic victory, in a public discussion of several days' epic poetry, and writien in ottava rima, of which duration, over the famous Jesuit, Doctor Verill. B. may be considered the inventor. In 1342, he The meetings gained additional éclat from the returned to Florence, but in 1344, went back to occasional presence of the Viceroy of Normandy, Naples, where he wrote his Amorosa Fiammetta, Il the Duke of Longueville. In 1646, appeared his Filostrato, and L'Amorosa Visione. Here also he Sacred Geography, bearing the title of Phaleg and composed his famous Decancioni, to please Joanna, Canaan. llis Hierozoicon, or Scripture Zoology, the danghter and successor of King Robert. It to which he devoted many years of his life, appeared consists of 100 stories, ten of which are told each posthumously in 1675. In 1652, B. was invited to day by seven ladies and three gentlemen, who had Stockholm by Queen Christina, and went thither fied from Florence during the frightful plague of accompanied by his friend Huet. The court-life, 1315, to a country villa, and who try to banish fear lowever, did not suit him, and his visit was by abandouing every inoment to delicious gaiety. short. He died suddenly, in 1667, while speaking It is impossible to exiggerate the literary merits of at a meeting of the Caen Academy of Antiquarie... the book. In abundance of incident especially, it is a complete edition of his works, with a life by almost inexhaustible, though many of the stories are Morin, was published at Leyden in 1712; and it taken from older collections of Contes et Fabliaux. new improved edition of the Hicrozoicon, his most It is, however, unfortunately steeped in impurity. valuable work, at Leipsic, in 3 vols. 4t0 (1793B. once inore returned to Florence about 1350. He | 1796), by Rosenmüller. was now honoured with several diplomatic appoint- BO'CHNIA, a town of Austrian Galicia, capital of ments by his fellow-citizens, and subsequently even a circle of the same name, and about 25 miles eastthought of entering into holy orders as a penance south-east of Cracow. The houses are built chiefly for the imunoral life he had previously led. From of wood. There are extensive nines of rock-silt in this artificial course of repentance he was wisely its vicinity, which emplov upwards of 500 miners, dissuaded by Petrarch, who advised him to be and vield annually about 13.000 tons of salt. Pop. content with changing his conduct. In 1373, B. 5300. was appointed Dantean professor at Florence; that

theb BÖCKH, Augustus, the most erudite classical is to say, he was to deliver elucidatory lectures on the Divina Commedia of the great poet, and

antiquary of Germany at the present day, was born

24th November 1785, at Carlsruhe, and entered zealously devoted himself to the difficult task thus imposed on him; but his health failing, he

! the university of Halle in 1803. The prelections of resigned the office, and retired 10 his little property

to Wolf determined him to the science of philology.

His first publication was commentatio in Platonis at Certaldo, where he died, December 21, 1375, 16

qui vulgo fertur Minoem (Halle, 1806). In 1808, months after his friend Petrarch. Besides those que works we have already mentioned, B. wrote Origine, ! *

Ċ appeared his Græcie Tragedia Principum, Æschi;li, Vita e Costumi di Dante Alighieri, and Commento

Sophoclis, Euripidis, num ea quce supersunt et genuina sopra la Commedia di Dante. This commentary on

omnia sint. In 1809, he became ordinary professor

at the wiversity of Heidelberg: and in 1811. he the Divine Comedy extends only to the 17th canto of the Inferno. In Latin, B. wrote, beside the

he was translated to the chair of Rhetoric and Anciert Genealogia Dcorum, a work arranged in alpha- ;

Literature, at Berlin, where he has taught for betical order, De Montibus, Silvis, Fontibus, Lacubus, i

me upwards of forty years, forming many excellent Fluminibus, &c.; De Casibus l'irorum et Foeminarum

scholars, and extending his reputation through all Illustrium ; De Claris Julieribus, &c.

the learned circles of Europe. His conception of

philology as an organically constructed whole, which BOCCAGE, MARIE ANNE FIQUET DU, a French aims at nothing short of an intellectual reproduction poetess, was born at Rouen, 22d October 1710, and of antiquity, excited for a long time great opposition received her education in the monastery of the among his professional contemporaries, but has Assumption at Paris, where her poetic tendencies undoubtedly given an impetus to a deeper study of early developed themselves, though only furtively. the old classical world. His lectures include 1100 She first appeared as an authoress in a small volume m

volume merely a grammatico-historical interpretation of the of poems, published in 1746 ; next as an imitator of ancier

or of ancient authors, but also archæology proper, the Milton in her Paradis Terrestre (1748); and in history of ancient literature, philosophir, politics, 1756, issued her most important work, La Colom- religion, and social life. The four great works of B. biade. The letters which she addressed to her which have, in fact, opened up new paths in the sister, Madame Duperron, while travelling through study of ant

hile traveling through study of antiquity, are, Ist, his edition of Pindar England, Holland, and Italy, are the most inter- (2 vols., Leip. 1811-1822), in which the metre aud esting things which have fallen from her pen. rhythm of the poet, as well as his artistic skill, are During her life, she was excessively admired and investigated and discussed with profound knowledge bepraised, especially by Voltaire, Fontenelle, and of the subject. 2d, The Political Economy of Aircus Clairant. She used to be described as Formâ Venus, (2 vols., Berlin, 1817), a work which remains wusurs arte Minerva ! The complimentary poems addressed passed for subtle research. surprising results, and to her would, if collected, fill many volumes. She clear exposition. It treats of the prices of goods. was elected member of the academies of Rome, rate of workmen's wages, rent of houses and land. Bologna, Padua, Lyon, and Rouen. She died 8th and other points of commercial economy, as well as August 1802. Her poems fail now to explain the of the larger questions of the state income and reputation she once enjoyed, and dispose US to expenditure. It has been translated into English believe that her personal attractions must have by Sir George Cornewall Lewis, under the title given a charm to her verses.

of The Public Economy of Athens (Lond. 2d edit. BOCH ART, SAMUEL, a learned Protestant divine, revised, 1842). 3d, Investigations concerning the was born of an ancient family at Rouen, in 1599. | Weights, Coins, and Measures of Antiquity (Berl. He very early exhibited remarkable talent, chiefly 1838). 4th, Records of the Maritime Affairs of Attira philological. After studying at Paris, Sedan, and (Berl. 1840). The most important of his lesser works Saumur, visiting England in 1621, and finishing his are the Development of the Doctrines of Philolaus,

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