A Voyage to AEthiopia, Made in the Years 1698, 1699, and 1700: Describing Particularly that Famous Empire; as Also the Kingdoms of Dongola, Sennar, Part of Egypt, &c. With the Natural History of Those Parts

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W. Lewis, 1709 - Egypt - 138 pages
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Page 19 - The houses are only one story high and are ill built; but the flat roof which covers them is very convenient. As to the suburbs, they are only wretched cottages, cover'd with reeds. The King's palace is surrounded with high walls of brick bak'd in the sun, but has nothing regular in it. You see nothing but a confus'd heap of buildings, without symmetry or beauty. The apartments of this palace are furnish'd richly enough with large carpets, after the manner of the Levant. We were presented to the...
Page 25 - ... expose their slaves to sale. They sit upon the ground, with their legs across; the men and boys on one side and the women and girls on the other. You may have one of the strongest and most robust for ten crowns;2 which makes the Egyptian merchants buy up a great number every year.
Page 20 - He was seated upon a rich bed under a canopy, with his legs across, after the oriental fashion ; and round him twenty old men seated after the same manner, but somewhat lower. He was clothed in a long vest embroidered with gold, and girt with a kind of scarf made of fine calico. He had a white turban on his head ; and the old men were clad much after the same manner. At the entrance of the hall, the prime minister standing complimented the king in our names, and delivered back his answer to us.
Page 19 - Voyage to Ethiopia" tells us that " this city, which contains near a league and a half in compass, is very populous, but has nothing of neatness, and besides is ill governed. They number in it near a hundred thousand souls. The houses are only one story high, and are ill built ; but the flat roof which covers them is very convenient. As to the suburbs they are only wretched cottages covered with reeds. The king's palace is surrounded with high walls of brick baked in the sun, but has nothing regular...
Page 10 - Africa, filver is of no ufe in the way of trade, all is done by exchange of commodities.
Page 48 - Emperour's led horses, richly harness'd and cover'd with costly stuffs of gold hanging down to the ground, over which were the skins of tygers, extremely beautiful. The Patriarch, in his pontifical habits, wrought with crosses of gold, waited for him at the entrance of the chappel, accompany'd with near a hundred religious persons clad in white. They made a lane on both sides, and holding an iron cross in their hands; some within the chapel, and some without.
Page 107 - They get marble in the mountains which no way yields to that of Europe ; but what is more considerable is, that they also find a great deal of gold even in tilling their ground. They brought me privately some pieces which I found to be very fine. The religious, or monks, of that church are habited in yellow skins, and wear a little cap of the same material and colour."* Before Bruce paid his celebrated visit to these curiosities, two of the three great obelisks which the French physician found standing...
Page 55 - Safta, and carry it into the emperor's magazines, where they form it into bars which they call amouli, or into half bars, which they call courman ; each bar is a foot in length and three inches in breadth and thickness.
Page 54 - Although the extent of the town be of three or four leagues, yet it has not the beauty of ours, nor can it have ; because the houses are only of one story, and have no shops. This does not hinder, but that they have a great trade. All the merchants meet in a wide, spacious place to treat of their affairs ; there they expose their...
Page 22 - The king, who never appears in public but with his face covered with a silk gauze of various colours, sits down to table as soon as he is arrived. His usual diversion is to propose prizes to the lords of his court, and to shoot with them at a mark with a gun, at which they are not yet very expert. After they have spent the best part of the day in this exercise, they return in the evening to the town, observing the same order as at their setting out in the morning. This entertainment is regularly...

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