Twelve Hundred Miles in a Waggon, Africa

Twelve Hundred Miles in a Waggon, Africa

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...the right of that the gigantic smooth granite rocks, piled one above the other, which form the natural defences on the north side of the fortress. The chinks between these boulder-like rocks were once all carefully walled up; and having squeezed through one of them, we found ourselves in the fortress itself, in the midst of a perfect labyrinth of halfruined walls, with narrow winding passages, crumbling stairways, curved buttresses, and all sorts of devices for defence, the whole overgrown with tangled vegetation, and the rocks covered with lovely creepers and trees with long hungry snake-like roots lodged in the crevices. The outer wall of the fortress crowns the kopje on the south side, and is almost continuous with the cliff below it, so that from a distance it is not always easy to see where the one begins and the other ends. From here you see the country spread out before you, fantastic kopjes and exquisite blue hills in the distance, and at your feet, on the yellow grassy plain, the Zimbabye temple enclosure, filled, as the circle of a coronet is with velvet, with luxuriant vegetation. The masonry is all dry-stone, and the stones, which are not much larger than bricks on their outer surface, are laid with marvellous regularity. They are usually slightly wedge-shaped, so as to permit of being built into curves. At places there were signs of furnaces, apparently without chimneys, for the whole of the walls near them, both inside and out, had turned orange-red from the heat. Both Mr. G. Grey and Mr. Gale averred that the modern native could not produce heat enough in the space to have had such an effect on the surrounding stones. That evening after dinner we sat over our camp-fire, and Captain Brabant told us some of his experiences...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236740637
  • 9781236740632