Egypt and Mohammed Ali; Or, Travels in the Valley of the Nile

Egypt and Mohammed Ali; Or, Travels in the Valley of the Nile

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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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ... be seen; though the sands have not risen so high as to conceal them, did they still exist upon the spot. Without laborious and expensive operations it would, however, be impossible accurately to determine to what extent the sands of the Libyan waste have advanced eastward; but it is probable that the loss of land here sustained exceeds what has been acquired by the enlargement of the Delta. DLXXVI. Evening approaching, we once more descended into the valley, and proceeded towards Mitraheni. The country on which we now entered, formerly celebrated for the ruins it contained, is at present distinguished only for its richness and beauty. Covered with a carpet of luxuriant verdure, and adorned, at intervals, with magnificent palm forests, traversed by lofty umbrageous avenues, and peopled with echoes, it seemed to be a fragment of fairy-land. Passing through Sakkarah, situated at the northern extremity of one of these woods, and hastening over the intervening plain, we arrived at Mitraheni while sufficient day-light remained to enable us to examine the mounds and fragments of antiquity in its vicinity. Here, perhaps, the loftiest palm-trees in Egypt are found, many of them exceeding one hundred feet in height; their smooth trunks resembling tall slender columns, terminating in a capital of waving leaves. The ancient remains, supposed by many travellers to be those of Memphis, 284 SITE OF MEMPHIS. stand on the southern shore of a small lake, in the midst of a wood, and consist chiefly of brick substructions overwhelmed by extensive mounds of rubbish. With the exception of one colossal statue, there is nothing at Mitraheni calculated to support the hypothesis that the ancient capital of Lower Egypt, the dwelling-place of the Pharaohs, adorned with...show more

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  • Paperback | 162 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650920X
  • 9781236509208