The Isles of the Princes, Or, the Pleasures of Prinkipo

The Isles of the Princes, Or, the Pleasures of Prinkipo

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...and fascinating man, but replete with whims, of which the ownership of this isle is by some accounted one of the most peculiar. He was ambassador in the time of Abdul Mejid, whom I remember seeing on my trip here in 1851. No more worthy Sultan, unless I except his son, the present Sultan, Abdul Hamid II., ever did more for the reform of his Government or made more sacrifices for the advancement of civilization. He is known in the East as the Haroun al Raschid of modern times. Sir Henry Bulwer had, therefore, many opportunities of aiding effectually in the regeneration of the East. Sir Henry conquered the good-will of this Sultan of happy memory, by some special efforts about the succession in Egypt. As a consequence, or reward, the Khedive of Egypt made him a gift of this isle. He began its improvement. He erected the two castles--one on the shore and the other on the summit. It is said that they were intended as miniatures of his own ancestral home at Knebsworth, England. He had another whim. He thought to raise cattle on the island. In fact, he stocked it with some cattle of the rarest breed. A storm of a fortnight, before the days of steam ferries here, prevented adequate provender from reaching the isle. The cattle perished and so did the enterprise. He seldom lived on the island. His wife visited it frequently, but only to remain a short time. Sometimes with friends he stayed over night and had a good time, but his health was infirm. He could not follow very far a certain jocund disposition without hurt to his physical system. He was odd about his health. His doccor tells me that he saw him every day for four vears, and that he used to take a different pill at the end of each dish at his meals. It was one of his caprices to have frequent...show more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236622340
  • 9781236622341