The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan in Asia, Africa, and Europe; During the Years 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, and 1803 Volume 2

The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan in Asia, Africa, and Europe; During the Years 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, and 1803 Volume 2

By (author) 

List price: US$12.15

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

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. 1810 edition. Excerpt: ...winter there falls much rain and snow. Notwithstanding the principal Turks have fire-places in their rooms, they never light a fire in the day; and although, in the P 2 '-evening, they permit it to be done, they always place a screen before it when they say their' prayers, lest they should be suspected of paying adoration to that element; therefore, in order'to keep themselves warm, they are obliged to wear a load of clothes, which incapa'.citates them from exertion, and, in the summer months, serves as a hot-bed for the production of all kinds of vermin-, and, I have no doubt, perpetuates the plague. This bad habit prevails all through the Turkish dominions, even in the hot countries, as at Aleppo, Ca.iro, and Bagdad. It is impossible to ascertain the number of inhabitants, or the extent of Constantinople; for the gardens, hamlets, &c. are continued on both sides of the strait, as far as the Black Sea; and if the length of the city was to be calculated in this manner, it would not be less than thirty miles. It is a common saying of the Turks, that their capital is three days' journey in circumference. A Turk of the smallest consequence never thinks of walking; and to save this trouble, there are 100,000 small boats plying about Constantinople. These are all open, but handsomely' painted, carved, and gilded, with soft cushions to sit on: they are rowed by one, two, or three men, and are procurable at all hours. On the quays, and-in that part of the town which is not accessible to boats, there are a number of horses standing ready saddled for hire; so that a person may travel all over the city without walking twenty yards. The streets are narrow, 'badly paved, and, in winter, up to the horses' knees...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808746
  • 9781236808745