Kaloolah and the Berber; Or the Mountaineer of the Atlas

Kaloolah and the Berber; Or the Mountaineer of the Atlas

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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: ...that of the centre, and strung the whole length with cushions, upon which were seated a double row of guards, habited in the most gorgeous uniforms. The floor of the centre, between the colonnades, was of the most elaborate mosaic, representing five large vines, with spreading tendrils and branches, among whose leaves played monkeys of every shape and size, some of them with wings; and birds, rivalling in brilliancy of plumage their animate prototypes of the wood; and all kinds of snakes and lizards, with glittering skins, and eyes of ruby, diamond and opal.-But where were the fountains from which the hall took its name? Above, directly overhead: on either side from the galleries, supported by the pillars, arose a thousand jets, each one arching itself in a parabolic curve across the hall, and falling into the opposite gallery. These jets, arranged alternately, were so adjusted that the spread of the water in one, as it fell, would just fill the space between the concentrated fluid issuing from the opposite pipes; and in this way, by the accurate interposition of corresponding streams, there was supported a continuous canopy of water the whole length of the hall. A flood of light was poured from myriads of unseen lamps upon the upper surface of this sparkling roof, while below, numberless hidden tapers were so arranged in tubes as to throw their rays against the under surface of the watery arch, from whence they were returned, after countless refractions and reflections, to the delighted eye. A wonderful variety ofeffccts were produced by the continually changing colour of the water: for a minute or two it would be of a pure white, and then, slowly assuming a prismatic tint, run on through all the colours of the rainbow. The low, hollow, rushing...show more

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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 508g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236654811
  • 9781236654816