The Modern Traveller. a Popular Description, Geographical, Historical, and Topographical, of the Various Countries of the Globe. Russia

The Modern Traveller. a Popular Description, Geographical, Historical, and Topographical, of the Various Countries of the Globe. Russia

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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. 1825 edition. Excerpt: ...This course fretted Bonaparte's temper, and he was still more irritated when he found the villages and towns deserted, and the country through which he had to advance laid waste. He had, indeed, collected and brought with him immense quantities of stores and provisions, and he had ordered fresh supplies to follow; but it is evident that an army of 500,000 men could not be supported by what it brought with it, or by what came from a distance: besides, in proportion as he advanced, his difficulties in this respect would necessarily increase. After the French had passed the Niemen, and thus entered the Russian dominions, Bonaparte pushed ou to Wilna, where Alexander was. He hoped that the possession of this city would be contested; but the Russians, true to their system, left it undefended. Wilna, the capital of Lithuania, is situated in lat64 41' N., and long. 25 33' E., at the confluence of the rivers Vilia and Vilika. Its population amounts to about 25,000. It enjoys a considerable trade, --confined, however, chiefly to the Jews. Its university, founded by the Emperor Alexander, an old castle, and some other ancient buildings, are the only things for which it is remarkable. Lithuania, originally under its own sovereigns, then united to Poland, and now part of the Russian empire, abounds in forests, in which a great variety of wild beasts are found. Of these, the bonasus, or bison, is the most singular and rare. It is a kind of wild ox, formerly very common in Europe, but no where at present to be found in the old continent, except in the Lithuanian forests, some parts of the Carpathian mountains, and in the Caucasus. Among the numerous kinds of birds, a little species of titmouse, with a pendant nest, of a wonderful structure, is not unfrequently..show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236652991
  • 9781236652997