How to See the New York Crystal Palace; Being a Concise Guide to the Principal Objects in the Exhibition as Remodelled, 1854.- Part First.-General Vie

How to See the New York Crystal Palace; Being a Concise Guide to the Principal Objects in the Exhibition as Remodelled, 1854.- Part First.-General Vie

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...with the elements, and to dispute dominion over the land with the Indian and the beasts of prey. Present wants and the struggles for the necessary means of subsistence left little time for the cultivation of the refinements of civilized life. The land from whence they came was far off across tempestuous oceans, and only at long intervals came news of the homes, and the kindred and friends they b-d left behind. The forests were to be hewn down and the earth made to produce her fruits, and the axe, the hoe, and the ploughshare were the insruments which they wielded with skill. But standing here this day and looking around on the varied productions of art. the contributions from different portions of our own wide-spread country, and from various and far-off nations of the earth, we are struck with the marvellous changes which time has wrought. Modern discoveries and civilization bring the ends of the world together; and judging from what is now before us, it might be difficult to determine whether we are assembled in the cliief city of the western hemisphere, or in one of the principal capitals of Europe. If, in those peaceful contests for supremacy with the Old World, we have been found wanting in the ornamental, but not in the useful--if in these modern Olympic games of nations--we have not gained the principal victory, we have at least shown that we have the strength of muscle, and that time and experience alone are necessary to enable us to reach the goal in triumph, and win the prize. This re-inauguration to-day is an earnest of renewed efforts to press forward in the race, and to emblazon if possible the motto of the great Roman conqueror, veni, tidi, net, upon the American standard of Labor and of Art. This speech was followed by a...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236595254
  • 9781236595256