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Voyage en Islande, fait par ordre de S.M. Danoise, contenant des observations sur les moeurs et les usafes des Habitants; une description des Lacs, Rivières, Glaciers, Sources Chaudes et Volcans, des diverses espèces de Terre, Pierres, Fossiles, et Pétrifications; des animaux, Poissons, et Insects, etc., 5 text-volumes (bound in 3) + 1 atlas volume, complete
Paris and Strasbourg: Chez les frères Levrault, 1802. First French edition. The text is bright and clean without even a hint of foxing or browning, the outer corners of the text volumes show some light wear, the atlas is bright and clean with just a touch of foxing to the margins of a few plates, slight repair to the title page, light restoration to the head and foot of the spine; a bright and fresh copy in near fine condition.. Pp. text: (iv), iv, 444; iv, 434; (iv), 400; (iv), 451; 419 + atlas: (ii), 60 plates (plate 1 is very large folding map of Iceland, plate 2-60 are full page engraved monochrome plates of birds, mammals, fishes, insects, shells, aquatic invertebrates, minerals, panoramic scenes, costumes, and more. Contemporary quarter-calf, spine is richly decorated in gilt and with red morocco title label, over antique marbled boards, 8vo (20.3 x 12.5 cm) + full marbled tree calf, spine is richly gilt decorated with red morocco and black morocco title labels, front board with red morocco title, antique marbled endpapers and matching marbled page edges, 4to (29.5 x 21.2 cm). This first edition in French, published in 1802, was translated from the original edition in Danish published in 1772. This is the first scientific account of Iceland. Olafson, an Icelandic poet and antiquarian, traveled with Palsson, a Danish land surveyor, at the order of the Danish king. They spent five years, from 1752 to 1757, exploring the country. The plates include 5 costume plates, 17 plates of shells and fish, and 22 plates of birds. This is the earliest account of the avifauna of Iceland (see Anker 379 for French edition and Ripley 214 for Danish edition). There are 8 more plates in this French edition than in the original Danish edition.
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