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The Dead Sea. 1870. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 29, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/62.

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(1870). The Dead Sea. Scenes from the Middle East. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/p15195coll11/item/62

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Title The Dead Sea
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 DEAD SEA ANCIENT authors described the Dead Sea as a spot enveloped in perpetual gloom; its waters were represented as continually sending forth sulphureous exhalations, which, hanging over it, rendered it impossible for any living creature to approach it; and even the birds which attempted to fly across it were said to drop down dead. These stories, however, have long been proved to be gross exaggerations : yet still it is in several respects one of the most remarkable spots in the world ; and, whether regarded from a physical or an historical point of view, it is full of interest. First of all, it lies at a depth of no less than 1,300 feet below the level of the Mediterranean Sea. The effect of climbing a mountain is well known: as we ascend, the air becomes lighter and cooler, but here we have exactly the opposite effect: as we descend the mountains from Jerusalem, and advance lower and lower, towards the valley of the Jordan and the Dead Sea, the air becomes more oppressive, and the heat increases, and at last we find ourselves in an almost tropical atmosphere. The constant evaporation of the water, owing to the heat of the atmosphere, causes a thin mist to float over it during the day; and this, no doubt, added to the desolate character of its shores, gave rise to the stories of its gloominess. It is, in fact, as the picture represents, by no means a gloomy spot: its surface sparkles brightly in the sun, and its water is remarkably clear and blue. The total length of the Dead Sea, from north to south, is forty miles, and its greatest breadth eight and a-half, narrowing to five at the northern extremity. It is shut in on either side by lofty cliffs of limestone, so closely, in many places, that not even a footpath is left along the shore. At sunrise and sunset these mountains assume the most glorious purple tints, and at such times the view of the sea is one of great beauty.
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