PFEIFFER, IDA. Visit to Iceland and the Scandinavian north. Translated from the German. 2nd edition. London, Ingram, Cooke, and Co., 1853.Original embossed brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With tinted wood-engraved title-page with vignette, frontispiece and 6 tinted wood-engraved plates. 353 pp. First published in 1846 Reise nach dem Scandinavischen Norden und der Insel Island. - On her second trip Ida Pfeiffer (1797-1858) set out from Reykjavik for the Geiser and Mount Hecla, travelling alone and on a tight budget, and making her way on pony carts and living like the Icelanders. Having visited every part of Iceland of interest, she embarked for Copenhagen, and after travelling through parts of Norway and Sweden returned to Vienna after an absence of about six months (Howgego II, p. 475). Including An essay on Icelandic poetry, from the French of M. Bergmann; A translation of the Icelandic poem the Voluspa; and a brief sketch of Icelandic history. Ida Pfeiffer was ‘the first full-time woman traveller of all, and one of the very few who never felt the need to qualify her impulse: she travelled because she wanted to see the world, and saw no reason why she shouln’t’ (Robinson, Wayward women, p.25).Abbey, Travel, 161; Theakstone, Vicorian & Edwardian women travellers, p.214. [Boeknr.: 37304 ]

€ 175,00

ROSS, John. Reizen naar Ysland en de Baffinsbaai, de laatste gedaan ter ontdekking van een doorvaart ten noord-westen van Groenland in den jare 1818. Naar de Hoogduitsche uitgave van W. Harnisch. 's Gravenhage, W.K. Mandemaker, 1821.19th century cloth, spine lettered in gilt. With folding map and 2 engraved plates by D. Veelwaard. XII,289 pp. First Dutch edition after the German translation of the English edition A voyage of discovery made .. in his majesty's ships Isabella and Alexander, for the purpose of exploring Baffin's Bay, and inquiring into the probability of a north-west passage. London, 1819; warranted by the publisher on half-title in manuscript. - A famous, even notorious, voyage, led by Captain John Ross. As his lieutenants, Ross had aboard his nephew James Clark Ross, William Parry, and Edwin Sabone, all of future fame as explorers. Ross attempted to proceed westward through Lancaster Sound, but presumably deceived by a mirage, he described the passage as barred by a range of mountains, which he named the Croker Mountains, despite the disbelief of his colleagues (Hill 1488). The controversy had discredited Ross in the eyes of the Admiralty and for the next ten years he received no further commissions for exploratory voyages (Howgego II, R28). Ross began a new era in Arctic research (Stam, Books on ice, p.21). - (Age-browned). - Very rare.Cat. NHSM I, p.304; not in Tiele; Sabin 73380; Arctic Bibl. 14873. [Boeknr.: 36194 ]

€ 575,00

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