The Conservator Volume 16-17

The Conservator Volume 16-17

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ... the corbiestepped triangles forming the front gable ends have to be held back by iron rods attached to the roof. This front gable end is a kind of false front or pseudo-pediment; somebody invented it centuries ago and the Netherlanders, who seem to have few architectural ideas of any kind, have been following it ever since. It makes the domestic architecture drearily monotonous. There is however a type of stadhuis (city hall) spire that is very quaint and curious. The bells of these spires hang either half outside or wholly outside the spire, and the chime hammers of the bells strike them on the outside instead of on the inside. A sort of tiara crowns the pagoda-like structure. The main streets of the large cities in Holland are about as noisy with the traffic of wagons as the streets of any other European city. The semistagnant fresh-water canals of the cities are filthy beyond belief, being little more than rectilinear open-air sewers, traversed by the city offal boats and a few freight boats. The water is supposed to be constantly kept moving by the introduction of new supplies from an arm of the North Sea canal, but it has a grewsome and greenish look and contains much floating rubbish. Far different are the great canals of the open country, bordered by the windmills which pump up the superfluous water from the low grazing lands and crop lands. A family usually, or always, lives in each of the thatched mills--and through the white-curtained window can be seen the spotless interior with articles of household tableware, Delft or China, ranged in rows against the wall. As tea is the national beverage in England so is milk in Holland. It is sold everywhere over the counter at a mere pittance the glass, and delivered to customers in...show more

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236761537
  • 9781236761538