Letters from the East

Letters from the East

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...the flowers of the desert, and here and there a butterfly; snails clinging to every shrub, and the surface for several feet around strewn with their white shells, now empty; land-tortoises creeping beside the way; sluggish chameleons, of which we took several; black-beetles, rolling along fresh balls of camel's dung; and snakes, of which we killed a small, spotted one, said by our Arabs to be venomous. Now and then a heron would rise from a pool of brackish water, where he sought his food, and ravens, on their glistening black wings, were always hovering near us. SKELETONS OF CAMELS. 133 Close to our path were the burrows of the jackal in the hillocks, and the marks of their feet in the sand, as well as those of the jerboa, or leaping rat, which has numerous holes all over the desert. Less frequently seen was the track of the gazelle, a delicate triangular foot-print. The skeletons of camels were scattered all along the way, where they had fallen and perished, for when the camel gives out under his load, his owner knows that his end is come, and leaves him to die. In a night or two, nothing is left of him but the bones. It was a fine, cool day, with a bracing northwesterly wind. The sky, which during the sirocco that overturned our tent had been filled with a thick, white haze, from the fine particles of sand, blown up and suspended by the forco of the wind, had become perfectly transparent, and the currents of air passing through it came to us directly from the Mediterranean. In ascending a bank, we had the sea before us---the solitary sea--murmuring along a vast extent of uninhabited shore. That night we pitched our tent in a wide plain, with a steep, low bank on the south, beside which the rain-water gathers in the winter, and forms a kind of...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123648648X
  • 9781236486486