Historic Houses and Their Gardens; Palaces, Castles

Historic Houses and Their Gardens; Palaces, Castles

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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. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... outlook for all. In the more pretentious houses, --of the nobility or plutocracy--the anderun or harem is entirely distinct from the rest of the house, oftentimes a separate building, constructed in the form of a hollow square, offering no view on the outer sides, but with its inner windows and doors opening on a beautiful patio or court, with walks, fountains, --or at least water-tanks--trees, shrubbery, vines and flowers of its own, upon which no masculine eye save those of the master are permitted to look. The extent of this space is dependent wholly on the depth of the owner's purse, but in cities an individual holding is necessarily confined to a square, save in the case of palaces which are usually situated on the outskirts and practically unlimited as to park area. Members of the royal family, --and they are by no means few, --ministers of state and other potentialities who rejoice in a sense of security, are prone to expend upon these gardens a liberal share of the revenues drawn from the farming of taxes, always bearing in mind that to outshine a sovereign, even by the least of glories, is to court a gracious confiscation. Tenure in Persia, whether of place or property, is uncertain at best; possession is by no means nine points of the law, as the record of ruined favorites and cabinet ministers so abundantly shows. Considering the paucity of water, one scarcely need look for playing fountains in any Persian garden;but in many of them there is a circular or octagonal basin in the center, in which a part of the water is detained on its way to the cistern. This serves at once an ornamental and religious purpose, since water is intimately associated with the Mussulman rites. Several times a day, even in the caravansaries of the bazaar, where...show more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236500431
  • 9781236500434