The City of the Sultan, and Domestic Manners of the Turks; With a Steam Voyage Up the Danube

The City of the Sultan, and Domestic Manners of the Turks; With a Steam Voyage Up the Danube

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...reluctantly away from the City of Fire on which we had been so long looking; and, threading among the tents that occupied the crest of the hill, we passed out through the fair of the Great Cemetery. Every booth was thronged. In one, a set of fantoccini were performing their miniature drama; in another, an improvisatore was regaling a circle of listeners with a gesticulation and volubility which appeared to excite great admiration in his auditors; while, in a third, a trio of Bohemian minstrels, squatted upon a mat, were accompanying their wild recitative by a few chords struck almost at random upon their mandolins. In the distance, a wreath of lamps defined the outline of the Military College, while lower in the valley gleamed out the costly chandeliers which lit up the tents of the Pashas. The hills were sprinkled over with lights, the terrace at the extremity of-the palace was a wall of fire, and the scene was all life and gladness. Crowds thronged the narrow road: but not a sound of discord, not a word uttered in menace or in defiance, escaped from the lips of a single individual: all we're tranquil, orderly, and well conducted--the sole aim of each was amusement; and this great Eastern mob, amounting to between forty and fifty thousand persons, collected together from all the surrounding country, from the heart of a great city, and from the shores of two different quarters of the earth, appeared to act from one common impulse, and to have one common interest. It is questionable whether such a fact as this could be recorded of any other country. CHAPTER XXVI. Succession of Banquets--The CheYk Islam and the Clergy--Sectarian Prejudices--The Military Stafi--The Naval Chiefs--The Imperial Household--The Pashas--The Grand Vizier--Magnificent...show more

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  • Paperback | 190 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236509137
  • 9781236509130