Anonymous: An Historical and Descriptive Account of Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands: with Illustrations of their Natural History

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Anonymous : An Historical and Descriptive Account of Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands: with Illustrations of their Natural History

(Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, n.d., 5th edition)

Although unnamed in this editon, certain other printings credit James Nicol, professor of natural history at Aberdeen University, with authorship. 12mo; full calf prize binding, with gilt-ruled margins and gilt device of Sheffield Collegiate School to covers; spine ornately tooled in compartments, with gilt-on-morocco lettering piece to second compartment; marbled edges and endpapers; pp. 416, incl. index; folding frontis. map and title page vignette, a further three engravings, incl. a map of the Faroe Islands. Cover very worn and rather scuffed; top compartment missing from backstrip; cover and text block held together only by narrow strips of duct tape, otherwise detached; some light browning and occasional spotting. Internally very good, externally fair only: conceivably a binding copy. "In this volume we have attempted to delineate three of the most singular and interesting countries on the face of the earth. Situated in the stormy ocean of the north, and far from the modern seats of civilisation, Iceland, Greenland, and Faroe, have nevertheless long attracted the notice of the student of man and of external nature. The first of them is distinguished not less by its remarkable scenery and the frequency of the most awful and majestic phenomena, than by the peculiar character, the curious history, and the literary remains of its people. The physical features of the second, though less terrible, are perhaps equally grand, whilst the degraded condition of its native population, contrasted with the inhabitants of the two others, presents us with a striking proof of the beneficial influence of learning and religion in preserving even the corporeal powers of man from degenerating. In Faroe, also, we behold a group of islands, the wild and rugged aspect of which might seem to have destined them only for the retreat of savages or pirates, transformed by the same causes into the abode of a mild, peaceful, and virtuous race." - Preface

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