The Pillars of Hercules, Or, a Narrative of Travels in Spain and Morocco in 1848 Volume 2

The Pillars of Hercules, Or, a Narrative of Travels in Spain and Morocco in 1848 Volume 2

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...on which a jet of water was conducted, some jessamine plants detached from a wall to form a canopy over _our heads, the leeks pulled up in front to open a way for the supper. This kind of garden is a sort of out-of-door existence, and essentially belonging to a people with tents, and has its conveniences and luxuries adapted for transport. There is no botany, no horticulture; their taste is ignorant. Their love of flowers is not as they are arranged in classes, multiplied in classes, multiplied in leaves, or varied in colors--it is for themselves--their natural forms, their pure colors, and their sweet odors. It is unobtrusive and silent, or vocal only as in the verses of Solomon and the songs of the Troubadours. "A man may be a good botanist," said Rousseau, "although he does not know the name of a single plant.." 'The Easterns do not like to come empty-handed, and the commonest, as the fairest, flowers suflice. But it is not a n0se gay or a bouquet, but a flower, that they present. The leaf and stem are to them just as beautiful as the blossonf; and a bundle of heads of flowers would appear to them much like a heap of human heads. In the numerous Chinese figures and ornaments that encumber our tables and rooms, it may be observed that, wherever there are flowers, they are single, each by itself in a vase. A piece of pottery has recently been brought to England from the Greek Islands: it is unique, and no description has been discovered of its uses. It is a vase about four inches in diameter, surrounded with two circles of very small vases, which stand out from it: it is evidently for flowers, and so placed that each should have its own stalk and vessel. The Moors also have a flower-dish for the room: the...show more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236916581
  • 9781236916587