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Auction 99, Lot 629

"Atlas du Voyage en Islande, fair par ordre de S.M. Danoise", Olafsen, Eggert

Subject: Travel and Exploration - Iceland

Period: 1802 (published)


Color: Black & White

8.5 x 11.3 inches
21.6 x 28.7 cm

Eggert Olafsen (1726 - 1768), a native of Iceland, studied at Copenhagen and was member of the Danish Academy of Sciences. In 1752, along with Bierne Povelsen, he was entrusted with a mission to Iceland in order to gather information on the scientific, economic and political nature of the island. This atlas consists of 59 fine engravings depicting Iceland's distinctive landscape, people, geology, birdlife and fish. Includes the folding map "Nouvelle Carte d' Islande" by Erichsen and Schoenning, 22x17.3" b& w. The map provides fascinating topographical details of the glacial fields, coastal features and lakes and rivers. 4to, original marbled calf binding with title in gilt on spine and marbled end papers.


Condition: B

Contents with very minor light foxing and offsetting to map and a few plates, overall very good. Binding with cracked hinges, corners bumped and rubbed edges.

Estimate: $650 - $750

Sold for: $475

Closed on 6/12/2002