Sketches of Persia, from the Journals of a Traveller in the East (Volume 2)
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. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...be the diamond of the finest lustre in the world. The Taj-e-Mah, or " crown of the moon," is also a splendid diamond; it weighs 146 carats. These two are the principal in a pair of bracelets, valued at near a million sterling. Those in the crown are also of extraordinary size and value. be the best mode of converting to real advantage so dangerous and precarious a possession. The condition of Fatteh Ali Shah, at the time I first saw him, was deemed, by his Mahomedan subjects, as fortunate as could be attained by any human being in this world. He added to youth and personal endowments, four wives, more ladies than Iwill venture to name, and nearly one hundred children, the possession of a splendid throne, and the prospect of living long to enjoy it, for his cruel but able uncle, Aga Mahomed, had destroyed all who were likely to dispute his possession of the crown. " He had," to use his own words, "raised a royal palace, and cemented it with blood, that the boy Baba Khan (the name he always gave his nephew) might sleep within its walls in peace." The king has elegant manners and many accomplishments. Among others, he is a poet, and has written a book of odes, of the merits of which the critics of Persia speak in perfect raptures. I only wish I had the same power that he possesses of disarming severity and propitiating favour. What a magnifying glass would then be applied to these pages, now doomed, I fear, to be viewed through a reversed telescope, which will make them appear so diminutive as hardly to be worth the trouble of perusing. But to return to his majesty of Persia. I made all the inquiries I could into his usual habits and mode of passing his time. He is very regular in the execution of his...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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