Pictures from Sicily, by the Author of Forty Days in the Desert

Pictures from Sicily, by the Author of Forty Days in the Desert

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ... with tufts of scanty vegetation; and were utterly astonished to learn that it was along this rugged and difficult way that we had ascended during the darkness of the previous night. The atmosphere, as we continued to descend, became gradually warmer, and when we reached the level of Nicolosi, seemed by contrast intolerably sultry and oppressive. At length, outwearied with more than twelve hours' constant exertion and sudden changes of temperature, we joyfully reached the inn at Nicolosi, and flung ourselves on our couches to obtain the repose which we so greatly needed; and after further recruiting our energies with such provisions as the place afforded, in the cool of the evening we returned to Catania. Our ascent to the summit of Etna had proved so agreeable, that we now resolved on hiring a carriage and making the tour of the mountain. Early in the morning, having laid in a good stock of eatables and wine--for supplies on the road were understood to be very precarious--we started off upon our giro, taking the direct post road to Paternb. For some miles the ascent was very gradual, and, owing to the pulverized ashes and scoriae of which the road was formed, intolerably dusty. But the luxuriance of vegetation which clothed this volcanic soil was unequalled; Indian-corn, orange and olive groves, almond, citron, and other fruit-trees, formed a perfect garden on each side of the road. But of all the vegetable productions of the lower zone of Etna the Indian fig is perhaps the most prolific. It is propagated with the greatest care, and soon attains a prodigious THE INDIAN FIG. 107 growth. Nothing can look more hopeless at first than the appearance of one or two slips of this plant stuck in the midst of a wide bed of black and decomposed lava, yet...show more

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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524004
  • 9781236524003