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Page 14. 1870. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 28, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/30.

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(1870). Page 14. Scenes from the Middle East. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/30

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Title Page 14
Creator (Local)
  • Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain). Committee of General Literature and Education
Publisher Jas. Truscott and Son
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London, England
Date 1870
Description Sinai and Jerusalem; or, Scenes from Bible Lands: Illustrated by Twelve Colored Photographic Views, Including a Panorama of Jerusalem, With Descriptive Letterpress. London: Printed by Jas. Truscott and Son, Suffolk Lane, City.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Palestine--Description and travel
  • Sinai Peninsula--Description and travel
  • Jerusalem--Description and travel
  • Human geography
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Holland, Frederick Whitmore, 1837-1880
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Palestine
  • Sinai Peninsula
  • Jerusalem
Genre (AAT)
  • illustrated books
Language English
Physical Description 52 pages, illustrated, XII colored plates (1 fold.), 28 cm; Purple cloth stamped in black, gold, red and green. Bevelled edges. Edges gilt.
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Format (IMT)
  • image/jpeg
Original Item Location DS107 .H64 1870
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b3601783~S11
Digital Collection Scenes from the Middle East
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/campus-libraries-collections/special-collections
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Transcript THE DESERT OF SINAI. Surely you cannot have a desert without sand? " The popular idea of a desert is a vast level expanse of sand, relieved perhaps occasionally by a range of mountains; and most of us have been taught to connect a desert more closely with the idea of sand than anything else. Such, indeed, are some of the deserts of Africa; as, for instance, a large portion of the great desert of Nubia, over which I have toiled day after day, surrounded by a sea of sand, and able to trace the road for miles before me only by a line of bleaching skeletons of camels that had fallen under their burdens. But the desert of Sinai is, as a rule, such as you see it in this picture —a mountainous country, barren and desolate to look at; and yet, withal, a land of exceeding beauty, though not such as we admire in this country. There are few trees, and no green grass to clothe the mountains; but the wonderful colouring of the rocks, changing their hue with the rising and setting sun; the strange fantastic shapes which the mountain peaks assume, and the wild desolation of the scene, afford a beauty which none who have seen it can fail to appreciate. From a geological point of view, the Peninsula may be divident into three districts - limestone, sandstone, and granite. The limits of these rocks are naturally not very clearly defined; they overlap and interlace one another; but they are sufficiently disticnt to allow of their being classed under separate districts; and since the general features of the country vary much, according to the rocks of which each district is composed, I shall follow their order in my description of it. The limestone is confined chiefly to the northern portion of the Peninsula. Here a long white range of mountains, known by the name of Jebel et Tih (Jebel being the Arabic word for amountain), stretches across the whole breadth of the country, from the head of the Gulf of Suez to that of the Gulf of Akaba, not in a straight line, but forming a festoon, like a loose chain banging down from two points. To the north of this range of mountains is a high plateau, sloping down towards the Mediterranean Sea, into which its drainage runs. The character of the country to the south of Jebel et Tih is very different, being exceedingly mountainous and rugged. Here lie the sandstone and granite districts; the former occupying a position between the limestone and granite, the largest masses of it being situated on the western side of the Peninsula.
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