Kotzebue's Siberia, France, Italy

Kotzebue's Siberia, France, Italy

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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. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...accommodations for cold and hot baths are to be met with. The manner iu which a whole room might he perfectly heated, was what particularly struck me. Against the usual wall, a second was erected standing a little distance from the-first. For this purpose, large square tiles iiuge takeii, paying, like our files, a sort of hook. so that they kept the first wall, as. it were, off from them: a hollow space was thus left all around, from the top to the bottom, into which pipes were introduced, that carried the warmth into the chamber, and rendered the whole place one stove, as it were. The ancients Were also attentive to avoid the vapour or smell from their lamps. In some houses there is a niche made in the wall for the lamp, with a little chiumey in the form of a funnel, through which the smcke ascended. Opposite to the house.door we see' the largest room, which is properly a sort of hall, for it has only three.walls, being quite open in the fore part. Perhaps, this was the place where the good woman sat at her work, surrounded by her children, enjoying the coolness of the water before her, and welcoming all the guests who entered. The side rooms have no connection with each other, they are all divided off like the cells of monks, the door of each leading to a fountain. Most of the houses consist of one such square, surrounded by rooms. In a few, some decayed steps'seem to have led to an upper siory, which is no longer in existence. Some habitations, however, probably of the richer and more fashionable, were far more spacious. In these a first court is often connected with a second, and even with a third, by passages: in other respects their arrangements pretty generally resemble the rest. Many garlands of flowers and vine branches; and many...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236489985
  • 9781236489982