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HORREBOW (Niels). The Natural History of Iceland: Containing a particular and accurate account of the different soils, burning mountains, minerals, vegetables, metals, stones, beasts, birds, and fishes; together with the disposition, customs, and manner of living of the inhabitants. Interspersed with an account of the island, by Mr. Anderson, late Burgo-master of Hamburgh. To which is added, a meteorological table, with remarks. Translated from the Danish original of Mr. N. Horrebow.1758

London: Printed for A. Linde; D. Wilson and T. Durham, First English edition, folio (360 x 225 mm), xx, 207, [1]pp., large folding engraved map, minor worming to blank fore-edge of first 6 leaves and a small pin worm hole upper blank margin of text, cont. calf, re-backed, red morocco title label to spine. "The book was intended to correct errors in past natural histories of Iceland, particularly the work of Hamburg mayor Johann Anderson, who had written about the island without ever actually visiting it. Anderson had relied entirely on accounts from German and Dutch sea captains, but Horrebow lived in Iceland for two years, studying the animals, plants, weather, and geological features. He also made note of the cultural practices of the Icelandic people. Horrebow's resulting work was published in Danish in 1752, then translated into German (1753), Dutch (1754), English (1758) and French (1764)."—Karlsson. Cox I, 1758; Karlsson, The History of Iceland. p. 173.

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