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ZEILAU, Theodor.

Fox-Expeditionen i Aaret 1860

over Faeroerne, Island og Gronland, med Oplysninger om muligheden af et nordatlantist Telegraf-Anlaeg.

Copenhagen: Fr. Waldikes, 1861 Stock Code: 127072
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First and only edition; an important and attractively illustrated work on the British survey of the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland in conjunction with the laying of the North Atlantic telegraph cable. The steam yacht Fox, purchased and fitted out by Lady Franklin, had most famously been used during McClintock's search for the Franklin expedition (1859). On this telegraph laying operation she was the support ship to HMS Bulldog (under McClintock) and was fitted out "for the purpose of making surveys of the landing-places of the respective cables. The Fox was placed under the command of Captain Young, of the mercantile marine... who was accompanied by two delegates on the part of the Danish Government, Lieutenant Von Zeilau 1829-1901 and Arnljot Olafsson" (Bright & Bright, The Life Story of the Late Sir Charles Tilston Bright, Vol. I, CUP 2012, pp. 366-67). Uncommon: Library Hub cites copies at just four British and Irish institutional libraries (BL, Scotland, Leeds, Exeter); WorldCat adds another 19 in international holdings.

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Octavo (220 x 140 mm). Publisher's brown half morocco-grain cloth, gilt lettered spine, marbled sides, pale blue endpapers (rear free endpaper absent).


8 plates (6 wood engraved, 2 lithograph), 4 folding maps and profile map of the telegraph cable route, 32 pages of meteorological tables,wood engravings in the text.


Neat ownership stamp of "M. Bomholt" on front free endpaper. A little wear to extremities of binding, sides rubbed, scattered foxing. A very good copy.


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