Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

Titel:
The Sciopticon Manual, Explaining Lantern Projections in General and the Sciopticon Apparatus in Particular Including Magic Lantern Attachments, Experiments, Novelties, Colored and Photo-Transparencies, Mechanical Movements, etc.
Person:
Marcy, L. J.
PURL:
https://digitalesammlungen.uni-weimar.de/viewer/image/lit39449/106/
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SCIOPTICON MANUAL. 
Hear the Pyramids, more wondrous and more awful 
than all else in the land of Egypt, there sits the lonely 
Sphinx. This monument, so imposing in its aspect, even 
in the mutilated state to which it has been reduced, has 
always excited the admiration of those who possessed 
sufficient knowledge of art to appreciate its merits at a 
first glance. The contemplative turn of the eye, the 
mild expression of the mouth, and the beautiful dispos¬ 
ition of the drapery at the angle of the forehead suffi¬ 
ciently attest the admirable' skill of the artist by whom 
it was executed. 
Heliopolis.—Heliopolis, the sacred city, the On, where 
Joseph’s wife, Asenath, lived. A few scattered blocks, a 
solitary obelisk covered with hieroglyphics, these, with 
some mounds of sand and rubbish, are all that is left to 
mark the site of the once priestly city. 
The Simoom.—In crossing the desert travelers are 
frequently exposed to the Simoom or sand storm. -Its 
approach is indicated by a redness in the air, the sky is 
suddenly overcast, clouds of hot sand obscure every¬ 
thing, and often render further progress for the time 
impossible. The whole caravan, camels and men, then 
lie prostrate on the ground till it passes over. 
Colossal Statues of Thebes.—The Colossi of the 
plain. These immense sitting figures, fifty-three feet 
above the plain, which has buried their pedestals, were 
erected by Amunoph III, and were originally in front of 
a large temple, of which only the ground-plan remains. 
The more distant statue is the vocal Memnon of history. 
An inscription made by one of the Roman emperors 
records the hearing of musical so,unds.
        

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