Voyages and Travels; Or Scenes in Many Lands Volume 2, PT. 1

Voyages and Travels; Or Scenes in Many Lands Volume 2, PT. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... a human head wearing a tiara, has a strange grandeur about it, and we cannot but feel a profound admiration for the genius which prompted this conception, at once barbarous and noble, in which the strength of beast and bird ff$L is united and made trib-Winged Bull from Nineveh, utary to the dominant human soul. Coupled naturally in our thought with Nineveh, the great city of the Tigris, is Babylon, mistress of the Euphrates. On the way from Nineveh to Babylon lies Bagdad, and we linger for a few words about this city of the Kalifs, ancient from our point of view, but only the child of yesterday in comparison with its great neighbors of the primeval world. A certain disappointment, however, awaits the traveller who enters Bagdad, his imagination filled with visions borrowed from the "Arabian Nights" and the traditions of Haroun-al-Rrschid. The eleven centuries which have passed since the city was founded, the innumerable wars, the invasions of rebel Turkomans, the inundations of the Tigris, the storms from the desert, --all have united in the destruction of those splendid buildings with which Arab civilization and an enthusiastic faith once endowed this superb queen of the east. But the traveller who relinquishes his illusions, and contents himself with exploring the modern city, will find much to gratify his curiosity, and even to excite his admiration. The Arabian river, the blue sky of Mesopotamia, which reflects its azure in the faience of the cupolas, a few mosques, the Mosque of Iman-Moussa. picturesque bazaars, the crowd of Asiatic types of every variety, will offer him pic. tures forever to be retained in memory. Bagdad has the aspect of a great city, its minarets gleaming from afar across the desert in which it lies like an...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236508122
  • 9781236508126