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Northern Arcadia: Foreign Travelers in Scandinavia, 1765-1815, Barton, H. Arnold
1 Barton, H. ArnoldNorthern Arcadia: Foreign Travelers in Scandinavia, 1765-1815
Carbondale Southern Illinois Univ Press 1998 080932203x / 9780809322039 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
First printing. White cloth with metallic green spine titling. Frontispiece map of Scandinavia 1765-1815. B&W illustrations. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. Book is very nice with a very small tear in cloth at head of spine, a bit of wrinkling at heel of spine, and a black remainder line on bottom of text block. Dust jacket is also very nice with wrinkling and a miniscule tear at heel of spine, and minor wrinkling at top edge with a 1/4" tear at head of spine. ~~ A comparative study of the accounts of foreign visitors, both celebrated and obscure, to the Nordic lands during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Author is the first scholar to examine as a whole the travel literature dealing with Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. In archival cover. 
Price: 18.00 USD
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The Boy Travellers in Northern Europe: Adventures of Two Youths in a Journey Through Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, With Visits to Heligoland and The Land of the Midnight Sun, Knox, Thomas W.
2 Knox, Thomas W.The Boy Travellers in Northern Europe: Adventures of Two Youths in a Journey Through Holland, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, With Visits to Heligoland and The Land of the Midnight Sun
New York Harper & Brothers 1892 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Olive green cloth with illustration in pink, green and gilt on front cover and additional detailing on spine. Maps on endpapers. Chromolithograph frontispiece. xvi, 531pages + 4 pgs with publisher catalog: "Interesting Books for Boys." Profuse b & w illustrations. ~ Book is clean and in uite nice, near fine condition, with light rubbing along bottom edges; paper is partly torn at juncture of front pastedown and free endpaper, but binding is still very much intact and secure; toning to text block; interior pages clean and unmarked. Previous owner name and date written in meticulous old-fashion script on front flyleaf: "Albert F.Blakeslee, Dec. 25, '91." ~~ Knox (1835-1896) was a respected journalist and author best known for his output as a travel writer. After completing his own world travels, he produced the 20+ volumes of the "Boy Travellers" series of travelogue stories for boys, each volume addressing a different region. These books are remarkable for their meticulous factual, educational and cultural detail. In this volume, the two young travelers, Frank Bassett and Fred Bronson, accompanied by Frank's mother and sister and their mentor Doctor Bronson, travel through Germany, the Netherlands, and the three Nordic countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Many of the quaint and charming illustrations were borrowed from other Harper publications such as Harper's Monthly. The four different endpaper maps show the travel routes for each of the countries. A very attractive copy of this delightful antiquarian travel narrative for youth, with lots of historically interesting detail. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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Three in Norway, By Two of Them, Lees, J.A.; Clutterbuck, W.J.
3 Lees, J.A.; Clutterbuck, W.J.Three in Norway, By Two of Them
Oslo Andresen & Butenschiøn 2001 8276940951 / 9788276940954 Reprint Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8.25" Tall 
Originally published in 1882 by Longmans, Green & Co, London. "With map and fifty-nine illustrations on wood from sketches by the author." Preface by Anton Fredrik Andresen (and translated by Kevin M.J. Quirk). Mustard cloth with gold spine and cover titling and brown stamped illustration on cover; map endpapers. 349 pages. Black and white woodcut illustrations. ~ Book is clean, tight with no wear, interior pages unmarked. There is a small, very pale and unobtrusive smattering of foxing spots on the fore edge, and the half-title page bears an ink gift inscription. The dust jacket is clean and crisp, with some light wrinkling along the top edge and two very tiny tears at head of spine. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ "The three young Britons who, in the summer of 1880, set out on a hunting and fishing expedition in the mountains of Jotunheimen, could hardly have imagined that their simple tale--so full of humour, ridicule and ironic self-criticism, and yet so rich in perceptive observations--would become such a treasured classic of generation after generation of Norwegians . . . but it is not only Norwegians who like the book. . . . James A. Lees (1852-1931) and Walter J. Clutterbuck (1853-1937) do not rank amongst the most famous of authors of England. They were first and foremost hunting, fishing and wildlife enthusiasts. Yet, they wrote about the kind of life they loved, and in a way that set a new standard for such accounts. The reviewers at once remarked on the novelty in their approach: the humour and lack of all sentimentality, combined with precise observations, graphic wildlife descriptions and a totally unrestrained joy of living on their own surrounded by nature." --Preface. Which of the two authors contributed which text and which illustrations is unknown, as was apparently the authors' intent, since in the book they used pseudonyms (Esau, The Skipper, and John) and in fact the book was originally published anonymously. (The third traveller, Charles Kennedy, seems to have played a lesser role.) Since all three men kept diaries and sketchbooks, it was surely a collaborative effort. This engaging book is one of the most reprinted travel accounts in Norway, and is often part of school curriculums. This is a nice, attractive hardcover copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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Travels in Iceland: Performed 1752-1757 By Order of His Danish Majesty, Olafsson, Eggert; Pálsson, Bjarn
4 Olafsson, Eggert; Pálsson, BjarnTravels in Iceland: Performed 1752-1757 By Order of His Danish Majesty
Reykjavík Bókaútgáfan Örn og Örlygur 1975 Revised English Edition Hard Cover Very Good No Jacket 9" x 11" Authors; Auguste Mayer 
In slipcase. Continuation of title: "Containing Observations on the manners and customs of the inhabitants, a description of the lakes, rivers, glaciers, hot-springs and volcanoes; of the various kinds of earths, stones, fossils and petrifactions; as well as of the animals, insects, fishes, etc." Translated from the Danish. Originally published in Danish in 2 volumes in 1772. First English edition published in 1805 by Richard Phillips, London. [Translator unknown; initials only: F.W.B.] This copy is the revised edition of the 1805 edition. ~ Brown leatherette with gilt spine titling and illustration on spine and front cover. Endpapers show maps of Iceland from 1772 edition. 186 pages. B & W copper engravings and color reproductions of authors' original sketches. Index. Matching brown slipcase with gilt titling and extensive gilt illustration. ~~ This volume is in beautiful, clean, unmarked condition. The spine unfortunately has a crack along a portion of the front joint, beginning and ending with a short horizontal tear. The crack does not go all the way through to the other side and thus does not affect the inner hinge which is still intact. Please see bookseller-supplied photos. Slipcase is fine. ~~ This travel expedition was occasioned by the Danish government as part of its program to foster the development of the Icelandic nation, at a time when there was little accurate knowledge about Iceland and its people. This book served to enlighten readers that "the Icelanders were people with a great cultural heritage, people who possessed magnificent literature, who had for centuries been engaged in a bitter struggle against hostile elements of nature and bad government, and who had often had to take extreme measures to keep themselves alive. 'Travels in Iceland' radically changed people's knowledge of, and attitude towards, the Iceland of that time . . . and turned a new leaf in Iceland's position in world opinion and really marks the beginning of scientific knowledge of Iceland. That above all, is its supreme value." --Introduction. In addition to the original illustrations, this edition is enhanced with 16 illustrations by Auguste Mayer from the travel book "Voyage en Islande et au Gröenland éxécuté pendants les années 1835 et 1836," by Paul Gaimard. 
Price: 80.00 USD
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Iceland: New World Outpost, Rothery, Agnes
5 Rothery, AgnesIceland: New World Outpost
New York Viking Press 1948 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ 6" x 8.5" 
Green cloth with yellow cover and spine titling, map endpapers. 214 pages + page listing additional titles by author. Includes Chronological Outline of Icelandic History. Bibliography. Index. ~ Book is quite nice, clean, binding tight, interior pages unmarked. The only very minor flaws are a one minor stain on fore edge, and tape that was on the plastic cover protecting the dust jacket (tape was on the plastic cover ONLY) left partial brown outlines on the endpapers. A nice little map of Iceland has been carefully affixed to the dedication page at corners only, thus can be easily removed, and not here considered a flaw. Dust jacket is quite fresh due to having been covered in plastic; however, there is a little bit of rubbing/wear to head/tail of spine and a light triangular damp stain on bottom of each flap fold. Now in a clear archival cover. ~~ Agnes Rothery was an author of novels and plays, but was best known for her many books of travel writing, especially for those on Scandinavia. She was decorated by the King of Denmark in recognition of her writing during the war. This book is the last title in her Scandinavian series. She discusses the beauty of the country's unique natural features--volcanoes, hot springs and geysers, glaciers, etc.--its cultural history, literature and art, the sagas, industry and farming, the political and economic climate at the time, and makes many other observations as well. "It is an accurate and perceptive account by a sympathetic and sensitive author-traveler . . . one of the most rational as well as delightful writers of travel prose . . . of a complex and fascinating country." A nice look at the Iceland of a half-century ago. 
Price: 15.00 USD
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