Simple Taxonomies, 1822

This children’s reader encapsulates a simple, anthropocentric method of organizing life on earth: count the legs.

Humans = men, women, boys, girls

Beasts = four legs

Birds = two wings, two legs

Reptiles = crawl [deficient legs]

Insects = creeping and flying [little to no legs]

And that’s all you needed to know to be well on the road to “the temple of fame” (see frontispiece).

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