Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 61

Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art Volume 61

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...lay in front tho whole way, made the running the greater part of it, although carrying the heaviest weight, and came in a winner by forty lengths. This was a grand performance in honour of Touchstone, from whom Cloister is directly descended, within the third degree on his sire's side, and the fourth on his dam's. ANCIENT AFRICANA. AFRICA attracts so much attention at the present time, and our knowledge of the great Continent increases so rapidly, that in a very few years the blank spaces found in maps even twenty or thirty years old will all have been filled in, and the mystery which has during the ages shrouded the land will be a thing of the past. Under these circumstances it may not be uninteresting to ascertain the state of knowledge when James I. was king--that is, about a century and a quarter after the famous voyage of Vasco de Gama, who is generally accredited with being the first European to have rounded the Cape of Good Hope, though in truth Bartholomew Diaz had before his time sailed at least as far as Algoa Bay. It may readily be imagined that in 1626 nothing very definite was known of the interior of the country, and it is, therefore, at first sight a little surprising to find the whole of it shown, apparently in great detail, in a map published by that worthy tailor and author, John Speed, which he hail "newly done into English," no doubt from a Portuguese source, in the year above mentioned. But a close inspection convinces us that the cartographer, while possessed of very little knowledge, was favoured with a lively imagination; for mountain-ranges and rivers meander over the surface of the country, the latter tunnelling under the former in all directions in a manner suggestive of ornament rather than of...show more

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  • Paperback | 1020 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 51mm | 1,783g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236952642
  • 9781236952646