Travels in the Island of Iceland by Mackenzie 1812
5 000-6 000 SEK
MACKENZIE, SIR GEORGE STEUART. Travels in the Island of Iceland during the Summer of the Year MDCCCX. Edinburgh, Th. Allan für A. Constable and others, 1811.
4to (265x205 mm.). (7), viii-xvii, (1 blank, 2), (3), 4-491, (1, Directions to the binder) pp. Lacks half-title. 8 coloured aquatinta plates on india-paper and mounted, 5 engraved plates of which 1 folding, 3 engraved maps of which one large and folding with colour (Map of the southwest coast of Iceland), as well as 14 wood engraved vignettes and 4 folding letterpress tables and 1 page of printed music (complete, ordinary plates partly foxed and browned, the large map of Iceland with some folds, 1 repaired tear, 1 minor tear, and offsetting and foxing).
Contemporary half calf, rebacked with old gilt spine, partly worn and corners bumped and partly damaged, inner hinges reinforced. Bookseller´s label S. Wreford, Crediton. Text with some foxing, 2 pages with paper loss of corners, 1 small marginal tear, 1 page with repaired marginal tear.
First edition. Classic travel to Iceland. Already in 1812 a second edition was published.
Abbey Travel, 160. Tooley, 314.
Plates depicting icelandic scenery such as the vulcano Hecla, Krisuvik, Eyafialla Iokul, Reykjavik, costume plates and geological phenomena.
Mackenzie (1780-1848), chemist, geologist, and antiquary who travelled to Iceland in 1810 with the physicians Henry Holland and Richard Bright.