Travels in the Central Caucasus and Bashan: Including Visits to Ararat and Tabreez and Ascents of Kazbek and Elbruz

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Longmans, Green, & Company, 1869 - Botany - 509 pages
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Page 496 - O ! who can hold a fire in his hand By thinking on the frosty Caucasus? Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite By bare imagination of a feast?
Page 52 - The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, And the satyr shall cry to his fellow ; The screech owl also shall rest there, And find for herself a place of rest. There shall the great owl make her nest, and lay, And hatch, and gather under her shadow : There shall the vultures also be gathered, Every one with her mate.
Page 188 - Asia has passed, it forces itself upon the notice of every passer by, and the traveller, who if blessed by a clear day, sees Elbruz only as a huge white cloud on the southern horizon, as he jolts over the weary steppe, is forced to pass almost within reach of the avalanches that fall from his more obtrusive rival. It is therefore not difficult to see why Kasbek has become famous ; why in early times the mass of crag on the face of the mountain, so conspicuous from the post station, was made the scene...
Page 185 - Alps, and stone-built villages, scarcely distinguishable from the neighbouring crags; such are the main features of the 16 versts' drive from Kobi, the highest station in the valley of the Terek, to the village of Kasbek. The observant mountaineer will previously have caught several glimpses of the summit of Mount Kasbek, but it is only on reaching the station that the...
Page 322 - With half-dropt eyelid still, Beneath a heaven dark and holy, To watch the long bright river drawing slowly His waters from the purple hill — To hear the dewy echoes calling From cave to cave thro...
Page 188 - Prometheus' torment, why in later times superstition has declared that amongst these rocks, a rope, visible only to- the elect, gives access to a holy grot, in which are preserved the tent of Abraham, the cradle of Christ, and other sacred relics. The ascent of Kasbek was commenced on the 30th of June, the party bivouacking at the height of 11,100 feet. The weather, after sundry fluctuations, settled fine.
Page 330 - The twin summits resembled one another in form, and appeared to be long roof-like ridges, falling away in slopes of mingled rock and ice of terrific steepness. The idea of climbing either of them seemed too insane to be so much as suggested, and even the lower spurs of the mountain above the meadows of Betscho are so tremendous that it looked as if a stone dropped from the top of either of the peaks would scarcely stop rolling before it reached the valley. There was no mistake about it, the Caucasian...
Page 188 - ... is conspicuous in most views of the mountain from the east. From the earliest times Kasbek has taken a place in history, and has, somewhat unfairly, robbed its true sovereign, Elbruz, of public attention. Situated beside, and almost overhanging the glen through which for centuries the great road from Europe...
Page vi - ... between the Alps and the Caucasus, to a short account of a visit to the Crimea, and the Author's homeward journey across Russia. It is hoped that this record of travel and adventure amongst the mountain fastnesses of the Caucasus may prove of sufficient interest to draw the attention of Englishmen to a range surpassing the Alps by two thousand feet in the average height of its peaks, abounding in noble scenery and picturesque inhabitants, and even now within the reach of many
Page 454 - Pliny,1 that in Colchis there were more than three hundred tribes speaking different dialects ; and that the Romans, in order to carry on any intercourse with the natives, had to employ a hundred and thirty interpreters. This is probably an exaggeration ; but we have no reason to doubt the statement of Strabo,2 who speaks of seventy tribes living together in that country, which, even now, is called

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