Glasgow, Past and Present Volume 3

Glasgow, Past and Present Volume 3

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...PART II. DESULTORY SKETCHES. A STEMBER OF THE FACULTY OF PROCURATORS IN GLASGOW, AND OF THE SOCIETY OF THE ANTIQUARIES OF SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH. VOL. IT. 4 A DESULTORY SKETCHES. I.--ANCIENT CANOES FOUND AT GLASGOW. Thousands of years ago our native land was peopled by a wild and fierce race, whose very existence is made known to us chiefly by the few works of their rude hands, which Time, that irresistible destroyer, has chosen to spare, for modern study and reflection. When these wild men roamed in unchecked freedom, tatooed and painted, similar to those of the American prairies, or the volcanic islands of the vast Pacific, History had not yet included them in her ample volume. They remained utterly unknown to the civilized nations of antiquity, till the commercial enterprise of Tyre discovered the southern coasts of Britain, probably before the days of Samuel, the Hebrew sage; but the wreck of Tyrian and Carthaginian greatness has left very little to enable us to pierce the gloom which enshrouds that mysterious epoch of our insular annals. It remained for the classic pens of the Roman historians to chronicle from the lips of the officers engaged in the British campaigns, on their return to Italy, such descriptions of the country and the people as they considered worthy of preservation. But even this source of information is imperfect, for comparatively few of the Roman authors who treat of Britain and its affairs have come down to us from the wreck of the Empire. The loss is now irreparable, and all we can do is to supplement, as far as possible, from the aboriginal remains yet lingering amongst us, and diligently record, such memorials of the long-vanished people as come to our knowledge from time to time. Of the various works of art on which...show more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 454g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236581423
  • 9781236581426