Travels And Adventures In Algiers, And Other Parts Of Africa Volume 1 by Hermann Puckler-muskau

Travels And Adventures In Algiers, And Other Parts Of Africa Volume 1

byHermann Puckler-muskau

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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 Excerpt: ... LAND AT ALGIERS 19 LETTER III. Gigantic Porcelain Stoves.--City of Biscuit. Traces of the French.--Christian Mosque.--Incongruous Ornaments.--The last Dey and the Cassuba.--Coup d'eventail.--Powder Magazine in a Palace.--Stems of the Aloe used for Fire-wood.--Convent of Beggars.--Shopkeepers at Algiers.--Honesty of the Street Boys.--Count d'Erlon, General Rapatel, and Count de la Bretonniere.--The famous Jussuf; history of his life, love, and sufferings.--Napoleon a machine.--Marriage Ceremonies.--Turkish Mistresses.--Palace of the Governor.--Plan of Civilisation.--Danger of Excursions round Algiers.--Invitation to a Ball. Algiers, the 16th. At nine next morning we landed. I was again astonished, by day as well as by night, at the sight of the white town without walls, built so closely that few of the streets are more than five feet broad. It forms one dense mass leaning against the mountain, which has the form of a sugar-loaf with the top broken off; and as the houses as well as their platforms are all fresh whitewashed twice a year--several every 20 CITY OF BISCUIT. month--there is scarcely a spot to be seen of any other colour. The minarets, unlike those of Turkey, are not slender. I cannot better describe them to you than by comparing them to gigantic porcelain stoves of Feilner: they have, like them, a similar band of saucer-tile, and over that a wreath of garnish; but on the top, instead of a cupid, an eagle, or a vase, the ornament is a half-moon. The resemblance is complete, and the town itself, were it built entirely of biscuit, couid not look otherwise than it does. The interior of the town strikes an European still more forcibly; particularly now that the French style of architecture forms a curious medley with the African, increasing the oddity...

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Title:Travels And Adventures In Algiers, And Other Parts Of Africa Volume 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217301800

ISBN - 13:9780217301800

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