Life of David Roberts, R.A.; Compiled from His Journals and by James Ballantine

Life of David Roberts, R.A.; Compiled from His Journals and

James Ballantine
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  • ISBN
    9781150312601 / 1150312602
  • Title Life of David Roberts, R.A.; Compiled from His Journals and
  • Author James Ballantine
  • Format
  • Year 2010
  • Pages 84
  • Publisher
  • Imprint Rarebooksclub.com
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 229mm x 10mm x 152mm

Publisher Description

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. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...on the high rocks are seen large white eagles. ' The necropolis lies between the main entrance and the meadows; some of the tombs hewn out of the rock, though mutilated, are still magnificent. Several have porticoes and colonnades, and the columns of one I observed were Doric of the purest kind. They seem now to be used as pens for cattle. ' 10th.—Heavy rain to-day, notwithstanding which I have made several sketches of this extraordinary place. ' llth.—Aroused at early morn by a cry of robbers, and found that a brace of pistols and a bag of percussion-caps had been carried off. At 8 the camels were loaded, and I repeatedly turned back to look on the deserted city, so sad a memorial of divine judgment. In its strength it must have scorned all human means of destruction, for, in comparison, all walls built by man were insignificant. Although in the desert, its climate is unsurpassed in salubrity, and the population must have consisted of hundreds of thousands. Yet its history is almost unknown. We ascended the mountains to the south-west, all of which are excavated, and present handsome facades similar to those in the city. Near the summit are various square monuments. Keeping Mount Hor to the right, we descended by a steep and rugged path to the main valley. I regretted much that I was unable to ascend to Aaron's Tomb in consequence of my shoes being completely worn out. For miles after leaving the city, ten-aces are seen on the hills, supporting the soil, showing that the whole must have been under cultivation. ' 12th.—This morning we left at half-past 6, and proceeded towards Hebron. During the day we came upon an Arab encampment, with large flocks of sheep and goats. We bought a goat for about 2s. The Arabs seemed very friendly, and several...

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Life of David Roberts, R.A.; Compiled from His Journals and