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Antiquitates Americanae. Edidit Societas Regia antiquariorum septentrionalium [engraved title]. Antiquites Americaines d'apres les monuments historiques des Islandais et des anciens Scandinaves.
Secretariat de la Societe, imprimerie de J.H. Schultz, Copenhague 1845 - First edition, second (and best) issue, containing all the sheets of the first issue of 1837, but with an additional 24-p. introduction and a French (as opposed to a Danish) title page; folio, engraved title page, pp. 24, xl, 479, [1], [6] genealogical tables; 8 facsimiles, 10 engraved plates and maps, including the coast of southeast New England, a folding map of the North Atlantic, and two double-page maps, including 1 of Iceland; a bit of spotting to the plates but generally a very good copy in new quarter brown calf over red linen sides, red morocco label on spine. Howes R-13 (giving erroneous pagination): "The pioneer investigation into the Norse discoveries, with original sagas included." Sabin 67471 referring to this as a "remainder issue" with an added introduction. "The fullest and most important work that has yet been published relating to the discovery of America by the Northmen. It comprises a collection of original accounts in Icelandic, with Danish and Latin translations, and learned notes by the editor" (Sabin). "'It is one of the most important contributions ever made to the study of the history and geography of our continent" (North American Review). Some of the text, including a summary, are given in English.Accompanied by: Supplement to the Antiquitates Americanæ edited under the Auspices of the Royal Society of Northern Antiquaries, Copenhagen, 1841, 8vo, pp. 27, 2 engraved maps and 7 engraved plates; removed from binding. This supplement contains summaries of the Danish introduction in English. Howes R-14.
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