Journal of a Tour in Iceland, in the Summer of 1809: Volume 2

Journal of a Tour in Iceland, in the Summer of 1809: Volume 2

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Sir William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) was an eminent British botanist, best known for expanding and developing the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew into a leading centre of botanic research and conservation. At the age of nineteen he undertook an expedition to Iceland, his first outside Britain. Unfortunately, all his specimens and notes were destroyed in a fire on the return voyage (described in Volume 1), but he was able, with the help of the notes made by Sir Joseph Banks on an earlier expedition, to write this account. His work was first published privately in 1811, but a second edition was published in 1813 and is reproduced here. In 1809 England and Denmark-Norway were at war, and Iceland was a Danish dependency. Volume 2 offers Hooker's first-hand observations on the relationship between the two countries, and also includes detailed descriptions of the many volcanoes on the island.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 1139004557
  • 9781139004558

Table of contents

Appendix: 1. Detail of the Icelandic revolution in 1809; 2. Proclamations, letters, and other documents, relative to the Icelandic revolution; 3. Volcanoes; 4. Odes and letters presented by the literati of Iceland to the Right Honorable Sir Joseph Banks and the Honorable Captain Jones; 5. Icelandic plants; 6. Danish ordinances concerning the trade of Iceland by land and sea, as also the products of its manufactories; Index.show more