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MACKENZIE, Sir George Steuart.

Travels in the Island of Iceland,

During the Summer of the Year MDCCCX.

Published: Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Company, 1812

Stock code: 94018

Price: £1,000

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Second edition, revised and expanded; the first edition appeared the previous year. George Mackenzie (1780–1848) was a Scottish mineralogist who, accompanied by physicians Henry Holland (1788-1873) and Richard Bright (1789-1858), set out for Iceland in 1810. This is his account of this voyage, though the book as a whole is a collaborative effort. While Mackenzie wrote the majority of the content, including the travel narrative and the sections on mineralogical research, Bright composed sections on the flora and fauna, and Holland produced a survey of the Icelandic population in terms of history, culture, and health. This copy from the library of the Money-Coutts family with their bookplate to front pastedown, dated 1889 signed J.D.B., i.e. John Dickson Batten (1860–1932).

Quarto (267 x 211 mm). Turn-of-the-century dark brown half morocco, marbled boards, raised bands to spine, titles and decorations to compartments gilt, single rules to boards gilt, top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, by Zaehnsdorf. Bound with the half-title. 8 hand-coloured aquatint plates, 6 black and white engraved plates, 15 black and white engravings in text, 3 maps, one of which is coloured, and folding, and 4 charts. Spine slightly sunned, occasional light spotting to margins of text block, mild offsetting from plates. An excellent copy.

Bibliography: Abbey Travel 160; Tooley 313; Graesse IV 328.

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