The Land of the Nihilist; Russia

The Land of the Nihilist; Russia : Its People, Its Palaces, Its Politics. a Narrative of Travel, in the Czar's Dominions

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...the Nevski Prospect and other fine streets are blazing with the same sort of stuff. But the merchant must inform the customer of the character of his wares. If he sells gilded silver for gold he goes to prison. The ladies of the country load themselves with ornaments of gilded silver, bracelets, chains, brooches, pins, and every other form of decoration. Even marble and wood are gilded. Everything is for display, n There is a great deal of enamel-work in colors that is beautiful and inexpensive, particularly that which comes from the Caucasus, where the silversmiths do very artistic work in enamel and filigree. A set of silver spoons, with the handles done in enamel of bright colors, is very handsome and not expensive, costing perhaps thirty dollars a dozen, and cannot be elsewhere obtained. The Tartars are ingenious in the manipulation of metals, like the Turks and Chinese, and the shops of the Gostinnoi-Dvor are filled with their products. The jewels and precious stones of Siberia are of great variety and beauty, and while they do not command the prices that similar articles from other mines bring, are very popular and much worn in Russia. The Siberian diamond will not hold the light like one from Brazil or the Cape, but looks so much like it that it can scarcely be distinguished unless placed in juxtaposition, when its lack of lustre is shown. Emeralds, rubies, topazes, turquoises, and similar stones are found in Siberia in great quantities, and are very brilliant when new, but do not hold their lustre, and require constant polishing. The most interesting shops in Russia are in what is called the "Thieves' Market," where you may be sure that everything you see is stolen property. There is a law under which a merchant in the...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236769759
  • 9781236769756