This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1846. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Jewish origin, (Paris, Mat. 732,) to proceed from Tartarus, to be monsters rather than men, and as drinking and devouring human blood and flesh, (Ibid. 731-2.) The Moguls in the 12th century inhabited the country south-east of the lake Baikal, that, with the exception of some fertile spots, such as the valleys of the Chilok andTschikoi, (Pal. it. 364,) was generally arid and mountainous, the cold being so intense, as, even in the month of May, to destroy both the birds and cattle that were exposed to its rigour, (Ibid. 260.) Note 28, p. 44--" Machines of powder." -- Nothing surprised the Portuguese more, at the commencement of their traffic with the Chinese, than to find the last in possession of artillery. " El uso de ella era en el mucho mas antiguo que eu los de Europa," (Men. 97.) Cannon first were employed by the Chinese about the Christian era, (Amiot. Mem. viii. 331.) It does not again appear, with any certainty, that the Chinese employed cannon until their wars with the Kin and the Moguls, in the 13th century, (De Guignes, iii. 33.) When the Manchours invaded China, in the 17th century, the dynasty of the Ming was obliged to have resource to a Jesuit, Adam Schaal, to cast their cannon. Another missionary, F. Verbiest, did the same for the Manchours, when masters of the celestial empire, (Gro. vii. 178.) Note 29, p. 44--" Phoenix." -- The Chinese believe in the existence of a bird of great beauty, of whose species there exists but one, that inhabits the crest of some lofty mountain. The Chinese term it Fung-hoang. " C'est un oiseau tres-rare ou plutot fabuleux, a peu pros comme notre phenix," (Du Halde, i. 279.) Its appearance is the presage of a lucky reign, (Ibid.) Note 30, p. 45 -- "Regions of night." -- It would appear from M. Polo, (Mars. ed...
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