Travels in the Island of Iceland, during the Summer of the Year 1810

Travels in the Island of Iceland, during the Summer of the Year 1810

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Sir George Steuart Mackenzie (1780-1848) was a Scottish baronet whose interests included chemistry and geology. This work, first published in 1811, is his account of his voyage to Iceland in 1810 for the purposes of mineralogical research. Accompanied by physicians Henry Holland and Richard Bright, Mackenzie surveyed volcanoes, geysers and the other geological features of the island. In addition to reporting the results of the expedition's scientific exploration, this charming and evocative journal describes the history, culture, attire and cuisine of the islanders. Also included are Richard Bright's observations on the zoology and botany of Iceland and a survey of the health of the population by Henry Holland, who introduced smallpox inoculation during his visit. Written in an easy, accessible style, this account brings to life the sights, smells and tastes of the tour and the often rudimentary accommodation and travel conditions.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 20 b/w illus. 7 colour illus. 3 maps 4 tables 1 music example
  • 1139003208
  • 9781139003209

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Preface; Preliminary discourse on the history and literature of Iceland Henry Holland; 1. Journal of the first excursion; 2. Journal of the second excursion; 3. Journal of the third excursion; 4. Rural affairs; 5. Present state of education and literature Henry Holland; 6. On the government, laws, and religion Henry Holland; 7. State of commerce; 8. Zoology and botany Richard Bright; 9. Mineralogy; Appendix: 1. On the diseases of the Icelanders Henry Holland; 2. Icelandic flora; 3. Catalogue of minerals; 4. Miscellaneous articles connected with history and literature; 5. Music; 6. Register of the weather; 7. Remarks occasioned by the Honourable Mr Bennet's Account of the Mineralogy of the Island of Madeira; 8. Icelandic revolution, 1809.show more

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