They resemble the steppes of Tartary
more than any other known portion of Christendom; being, in fact, a vast country, incapable of sustaining a dense population, in the absence of the two great necessaries already named.
Indeed, after ten years, during which this state of things had not ceased to trouble him, Schahriar cut off the country of Great Tartary
from the Persian Empire and made his brother king.
This will scarcely, however, be considered as a point upon which any comparison can be grounded; for if, in this particular, there be a resemblance to the king of Great Britain, there is not less a resemblance to the Grand Seignior, to the khan of Tartary
, to the Man of the Seven Mountains, or to the governor of New York.
It is remarkable as showing the wide prevalence of this law, that among the natives of the British possessions in India, also in a considerable part of China, and among the Calmucks of Tartary
, the best means of computation yet furnished us by travellers, yield similar results.
So they were roaming about the world seeking and searching for this beauty, and, after having successively rejected the Queen of Golconda, the Princess of Trebizonde, the daughter of the Grand Khan of Tartary
And beyond him again there is tribute to be levied from the Cham of Tartary
and from the kingdom of Cathay.
The party had landed on the border of a region that is, even to this day, less known to the inhabitants of the States than the deserts of Arabia, or the steppes of Tartary
We thought it best to hold on the same course, rather than turn more northerly, which might have brought us to the north-west part of Great Tartary
, and into the Frozen Sea.
I must confess I travelled more pleasantly afterwards in the deserts and vast wildernesses of Grand Tartary
than here, and yet the roads here are well paved and well kept, and very convenient for travellers; but nothing was more awkward to me than to see such a haughty, imperious, insolent people, in the midst of the grossest simplicity and ignorance; and my friend Father Simon and I used to be very merry upon these occasions, to see their beggarly pride.
In the last scene, when the Emperor of Tartary
gets up into a cart and condescends to bless the united lovers by hovering over them with the Union Jack, his eyelashes are moistened with emotion.
The low shrub oak plateau to which the opposite shore arose stretched away toward the prairies of the West and the steppes of Tartary
, affording ample room for all the roving families of men.
Amidst the wilds of Tartary
and Russia, although he still evaded me, I have ever followed in his track.