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Travels in Circassia, &c. including a Steam Voyage Down the Danube, From Vienna to Constantinople and Round the Black Sea, in 1836.

Spencer, Edmund

ISBN 10: 0576033197 / ISBN 13: 9780576033190
Editorial: Henry Colburn, 1971
Condición: Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Yushodo Co., Ltd. (Fuefuki-shi, Yamanashi Pref., N/A, Japon)

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xxxvii, 355; xiii, 425p. 2 vols. Gregg Reprint, Reprinted in 1971. N° de ref. de la librería 11129

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Título: Travels in Circassia, &c. including a Steam ...

Editorial: Henry Colburn

Año de publicación: 1971

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Good

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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. 1839 edition. Excerpt: ... and married; for, being divested of the leathern confinement, their forms had expanded into all the luxuriance of womanhood. At first sight we might be inclined to think there was an undue share of embonpoint in the figure; but this is caused more from the custom of wearing wide Oriental trousers, than any defect of nature. In short, beauty of feature and symmetry of form, for which this people are celebrated, are no chimera; (and some of the finest statues of the ancients do not display, in their proportions, greater perfection;) but it is the singular degree of animation in the eye, so generally observable, that most arrests attention: when this is exhibited in a high degree in the men, it gives an expression of great ferocity to the countenance; and when we see a warrior, mounted on his fiery steed, armed and equipped for battle, brandishing his scimitar in the air, bending, turning, and stopping at full gallop, with unequalled agility and grace of action, he realises every idea of Homer's Hector. The complexion of both sexes is far more ruddy and fresh than might be expected in such a latitude--in that of the women delicately so, who, aware, like their sex in Europe, of the advantage of a pretty person, use every artificial means, by cosmetics, &c., to improve their beauty. Still, the traveller who may read my account, and expects to find the whole population such as I have described, will be wofully disappointed, should he find himself, on arriving in Circassia, surrounded by a tribe of Nogay Tartars, Calmucks, Turcomans, or even the Lesghi. The latter, however, a fine warlike race, are nearly equal, in personal appearance, to the Circassians, but more ferocious in character, and less refined in manners. The Caucasian valleys having been,...

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