China: Its Costume, Arts, Manufactures, &c, Volume 2

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Breton (M., Jean Baptiste Joseph)
J.J. Stockdale, 1813 - China
 

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Page 26 - This inconvenience is not so great as might he imagined, their ink drying very fast. All the eastern nations write from the right to the left, and not from the left to the right, as in Europe: the Chinese and Japanese alone use vertical, instead of horizontal lines. The ancient Greeks wrote alternately from right to left, and from left to right, like horses at plough up one furrow and down another. They termed this kind of writing Boustrophedoa.
Page 86 - ... voracity of the cormorant to procure, from the very depths of lakes and rivers, that fish, which in vain defies both the hook and net. We select a passage, which explains a particular observed in the conduct of Confucius. He conformed to the general sentiment of his country on an article of propriety. The Chinese hats, at least those used by the higher classes, are made of a tissue of very fine cane; it is covered with fine light hair, taken from the belly of a particular species of cow; it is...
Page 61 - Men could not keep their hold without great difficulty on perpendicular hills, where the least slip would subject them to serious wounds, and, at any rate, to shake and tear up the young trees. The situations are sometimes so steep that men could not even get up to them. A very singular expedient has been resorted to for gathering the tea in places so difficult of access; it is the subject of the annexed plate, the original of which was transmitted by the missionaries.
Page 61 - ... gather them. It may be imagined that these kinds of assistants are not the most easy to be procured; for the monkeys, in this employment, cannot be guided wholly by artificial instinct. The tea-berries have no attraction for them; and indeed if they had, they could only be used for the...
Page 27 - In this country it is considered a great acquirement to be able to write well; the characters should be small and fine; they should be properly placed, and well chosen, particularly in petitions addressed: to the mandarins ; the same mark ought not to be repeated in the same composition.
Page 27 - ... exhausted. The Chinese men of science write with a celerity which is scarcely credible, and which can only be conceived by those who have seen a clever shorthand writer taking any thing down.

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