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Across Coveted Lands or a Journey from Flushing (Holland) to Calcutta Overland   By: (1865-1924)

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Arnold Henry Savage Landor takes us on a remarkable journey in his book, "Across Coveted Lands or a Journey from Flushing (Holland) to Calcutta Overland." From the very first page, Landor captivates readers with his vivid descriptions and adventurous spirit, immersing them in a fascinating tale of exploration and discovery.

The book documents Landor's ambitious quest to travel overland from Europe to India, a feat few had achieved at the time. Landor’s courage and determination shine through as he faces numerous challenges and obstacles along the way. From treacherous mountain passes to encounters with indigenous tribes and navigating harsh climates, Landor's resilience and resourcefulness are truly admirable.

What sets this book apart from other travel narratives is Landor's ability to paint a vivid picture of the landscapes he encounters. His detailed observations and eloquent prose transport readers to far-flung lands, allowing them to experience the sights, sounds, and smells as if they were right there with Landor. His descriptions of the Himalayas are particularly breathtaking, immersing the reader in the awe-inspiring beauty of these majestic mountains.

Moreover, Landor's encounters with different cultures and people add another layer of depth to the narrative. His interactions with locals, whether negotiating through language barriers or immersing himself in their customs, offer valuable insights into the diversity and richness of the regions he traverses. These encounters provide a window into the human experience, fostering a greater understanding of the world and its many interconnected cultures.

However, it should be noted that Landor's perspective is inevitably influenced by the era and context in which he lived. Some readers might find his accounts of colonialism and his portrayal of native cultures as somewhat dated and biased. While these aspects may be a product of their time, they deserve careful consideration and reflection.

"Across Coveted Lands" is a captivating travelogue that not only satisfies the wanderlust of armchair explorers but also offers unique historical insights. Landor's prose, combined with his adventurous spirit, create an engaging narrative that keeps readers eagerly turning the pages. Whether one is interested in travel, history, or simply enjoys a well-told tale, Landor's book is undoubtedly a fascinating read.

First Page:

[Illustration: His Majesty the Shah of Persia.]

ACROSS COVETED LANDS

OR

A JOURNEY FROM FLUSHING (HOLLAND) TO CALCUTTA, OVERLAND

BY

A. HENRY SAVAGE LANDOR

WITH 175 ILLUSTRATIONS, DIAGRAMS, PLANS AND MAPS BY AUTHOR

IN TWO VOLUMES VOL. I

London MACMILLAN AND CO., Limited 1902

All rights reserved

Richard Clay and Sons, Limited, LONDON AND BUNGAY

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

To face page His Majesty the Shah of Persia Frontispiece The Baku Oil Wells 20 The Amir of Bokhara leaving Baku to return to his Country 26 Persian Wrestling 38 Fourgons on the Russian Road between Resht and Teheran 50 Making a Kanat 74 The Murderer of Nasr ed din Shah 90 Persian Cossacks (Teheran) Drilled by Russian Officers 100 The Eftetahié College, supported by Meftah el Mulk 102 H. E. Mushir ed Doulet, Minister of Foreign Affairs 106 Persian Soldiers The Band 112 Recruits learning Music 112 The Arrival of a Caravan of Silver at the Imperial Bank of Persia 126 The Imperial Bank of Persia Decorated on the Shah's Birthday 134 A Typical Persian Window... Continue reading book >>




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