The Encyclopaedia Britannica; A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, with New Maps and Original American Articles by Eminent Writers Volume 18

The Encyclopaedia Britannica; A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature, with New Maps and Original American Articles by Eminent Writers Volume 18

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...there is no splendour; everything is quite plain; and one hall contains all that is sacred in the building. There the tablets of "the soul of the most holy ancestral teacher, Confucius," and of his ten principal disciples stand as objects of worship for their coimtless followers. In one courtyard of this temple are deposited the celebrated ten stone drums which bear poetical inscriptions commemorative of the hunting expeditions of King Suen (827-781 3.0.), in whose reign they are believed, though erroneously, to have been cut; and in another stands a series of stone tablets on which are inscribed the names of all those who have obtained the highest literary degree of Taimza for the last five centuries. In the south-eastern portion of the Tatar city is the observatory, which was built by order of Kublai Khan in 1296. During the period of the Jesuit ascendancy in the reign of K'ang-he (1661-1721), the superintendence of this institution was confided to Roman Catholic missionaries under whose guidance the bronze instruments now existipg were constructed. Unlike the thoroughfares in the cities of central and southern China, the streets of Peking_&l'6 wide and open, but, being unpaved and the soil being llgllli and alluvial, they easily become almost impassable from mud in wet weather and ankle-deep in dust in dry weather. The inhabitants of Peking being consumers only, and in no way producers, the trade of the city is very l-T19-ll, 9_"d the article of the European treaties-which prohibits foreign merchants from trading within the walls is, thefeiofer 9 be regretted only as an instance of the narrow-mindedneii of the Chinese Government. E. Bre h ' ' and Historical Rescarcim M PeL1.'n.g..."show more

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  • Paperback | 1074 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 54mm | 1,873g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 123690396X
  • 9781236903969