Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia Volume 1

Travels in Assyria, Media, and Persia Volume 1

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...found they were two long lines, in large Greek capitals, which had formed an inscription over a group of sculptured figures as large as life, occupying a smooth space in the surface of the rock. Four of these figures could be still distinctly traced, and represented men in long robes, executed in bas-relief; but, from age and the decomposition of the rock, these were much decayed. The very centre of this sculptured story, whatever it might have been, was chosen for the smoothing away the tablet, to contain the long Persian inscription described; so that some of the figures, and both the lines of the earlier Greek inscription, had for this purpose been cut through and defaced. I resolved to copy, however, such of the characters as I could make out, and applied to Ismael for my inkstand; a small sack, containing this, with all our coffee apparatus, and some articles in hourly demand, being always kept in his charge, in order that they might not be subject to the examination of curious eyes while I was otherwise employed. My mortification was extreme on learning from him, that the sack and all its contents had been lost during our stay in the khan; nor did it lessen that mortification to hear him express his belief that our new companions were most probably the stealers of it. I had neither pencil, knife, nor other implements, by which I could even scratch these letters down on any substance; and, as our companions were already far ahead of us in the march, there was no hope of recovering the lost sack from them, for my present purpose at least. The copying of these Greek lines was therefore abandoned with regret to some more fortunate traveller who might follow in the same track. We were descending from the cliff to remount, when, on...show more

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  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236572181
  • 9781236572189