The Adventures of a Lady in Tartary, Thibet, China, and Kashmir, Through the Portions of Territory Never Before Visited by European, with an Account O

The Adventures of a Lady in Tartary, Thibet, China, and Kashmir, Through the Portions of Territory Never Before Visited by European, with an Account O

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...separate from the rest, and almost out of sight. I was assured that there is no possible approach to them. The footpath leading from cave to cave is narrow and rocky, flanked by the precipitous face of the scarp which terminates in the rocky bed of the river before mentioned; but this pathway comes to an abrupt termination at some distance from the two isolated caves. There was a little water just below, in a rocky basin in the bed of the river; but I am told this pool dries up as the hot weather advances, and even a temporary encampment in this vicinity becomes, in consequence, highly inconvenient. In attaining the seventh excavation of the subterranean range, a narrow foot-path leads up a steep rocky ascent, and dismountingp here, as the night was so dark, I walked up. There is shelter for cattle in the outer compartments of the seventh cave. Further on there is no possible way for a horse. There is a good deal of painting in several of the subterranean chambers;--representations of flowers as well as of gods, men, deer, horses, and many other things. In several places, this painting is but little defaced; while in others, time has rudely destroyed every lingering trace of beauty. In one cave, I saw a large frame of canvas, on which Major Gill was drawing fae-similes of the decorated walls, by order of the East India Company. I was much struck with the artistic skill displayed in the diflieult and laborious work. Dining so small a portion of the day do the sun's rays throw the requisite light on the walls, that Major Gill has but little time for pursuing his task, and each frame of painting takes him two or three months. In the greater number of the caves, there is found a monstrous figure at the fin_thest extremity of the innermost...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524675
  • 9781236524676