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. 1845 Excerpt: ...who are natives of that place: besides, now that Persia is settled, they find there is more profit, and less danger, in breeding and selling ...Read MoreThis 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. 1845 Excerpt: ...who are natives of that place: besides, now that Persia is settled, they find there is more profit, and less danger, in breeding and selling horses, than in plundering and murdering their neighbours." I had ten years before seen a good deal of some Turkumans at Teheran. Their character, and what I learnt of their habits, quite prepared me to believe the melancholy tale which was told me by the old villager, towards whom I showed a sympathy that surprised him; for scenes like these are so common in Persia, that they attract little attention. The fact is, the Turkumans are only a shade more savage than those tribes of Persian and Tartar origin, who form the military class of this nation, and who, though restrained in sonie degree of order, when the government is strong, cherish their lawless habits, and are ready at a moment to show them, when invited to do so, by the weakness or distraction of the state. The Turkumans'l" have long been familiar to Persian history as depredators. This race of Tartars has small eyes, high cheek bones, thin beards, and robust frames. The women, though with softer features, and some with good complexions, are seldom beauties; and they are generally more valued for their capability of enduring fatigue, and for giving birth to, and bringing up The standard fersekh of Persia is 6000 royal yards (gez-e-shah), -which is somewhat more than three miles and a half. This measure, however, varies in different provinces of that kingdom. f Many Persian authors assert that the word Turkuman is from the compound term Turk'-manend, or Turk-like; and the conclusion made from this is, that they are a tribe of Tartars who, having become inhabitants of the north-eastern part of Persia, were subsequently designated by a name which marked t...Read Less
Good. 2 vols. 192, 192p. plus a few pages of advertisement at end of both volumes. Original wrappers. 14cm. Moderate wear. Backstrip chipped and rather worn. Paint streak on front cover of Vol. I. Some chipping and dog-earing of corners. Cassell's National Library, Vol. III, Nos. 117 and 120 (April 21 and May 12, 1888). A small format edition.
Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 5¾"-6'' Tall. This is a Very Good Copy of this Book in contemporary green half calf over marbled boards with four raised bands to spine with maroon leather title label to 2nd compartment of spine lettered in gilt. This copy has one previous owner's name to the front pastedown. Chapter One strangely appears to be bound in the middle of the book. The book has a firm binding with no hinge weakness and there is no leaning or rolling to spine. Small 8vo (xv) 144pp.
, calf rubbed at corners and edges of spine, spine and cover paper lightly rubbed, front and rear hinges partially cracked but firmly held, previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown, internally clean, in good condition. Hardback. Xvi, 287 pages, single-page publisher's catalogue at rear. Octavo.
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