Beaumarchais; An Historical Novel

Beaumarchais; An Historical Novel

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ...stories, with a high, heavy and obtuse-angled roof Above the carriage entry-way, on each side of which were towered projections, and between which the ornamented railing of the balcony could be seen, glittered two gilt crossed anchors, and above them the royal coat-of-arms of the Bourbons, and that of the allied house of Penthievre. The lower floor of the edifice was in Florentine taste, used for offices and servants' dwellings. Above this rose the splendid apartments of the duke's family and the reception-halls. The Hotcl Penthievre was interesting to Parisians, not only account of its imposing aspect, but for the Japanese Pavilion, at the end of the garden, where it touched the wall separating it from the nunnery. It was constructed of variegated wood, had a pointed green roof, from which were pendent numerous small bells that sounded at every breath of air. The many-colored materials of the building, the grinning idols and fabulous animals decorating it, and the no less strange contents visible when the windows were opened, always excited the curiosity of the inhabitants of the capital; and, though this edifice had been built many generations before, and its singularity had become familiar, no Parisian would fail to point out to the visitor the Pavilion of the Penthievres with as much pride as the Louvre or Notre Dame. It was really a treasure, for it contained a select though unclassified collection of all foreign rarities, brought by voyagers to the grand-admiral as testimonies of esteem., Many anecdotes were related of the grave and whimsical duke, who sometimes seemed to personate the Brahmin or Mandarin, but who in truth cared for little else besides his official business, the strictly aristocratic education of his two children, ...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236568109
  • 9781236568106