The Writings of John Fiske Volume 1

The Writings of John Fiske Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: with first attempts, like Rafh's, and the obvious defects of his work should not be allowed to blind us to its merits. In the footnotes to the present chapter I shall cite it simply as "Rafh;" as the exact phraseology is often important, I shall usually cite the original Icelandic, and (for the benefit of readers unfamiliar with that language) shall also give the Latin version, which has been well made, and quite happily reflects the fresh and pithy vigour of the original. An English translation of all the essential parts may be found in De Costa, Pre-Columbian Discovery of America by the Northmen, 2d ed., Albany, 1890; see also Slafter, Voyages of the Northmen to America, Boston, 1877 (Prince Society). An Icelandic version, interpolated in Peringskiold's edition of the Heimskringla, 1697, is translated in Laing, vol. iii. pp. 344-361. The first modern writer to call attention to the Icelandic voyages to Greenland and Vinland was Arngrim Jonsson, in his Crymogaa, Hamburg, 161 o, and more explicitly in his Specimen Islandia historicum, Amsterdam, 1643. The voyages are also mentioned by Campanius, in his Kort beskrifning om provincien Nya Swerige uti America, Stockholm, 1702. The first, however, to bring the subject prominendy before European readers was that judicious scholar Thormodus Torfaeus, in his two books Historia Vinlandia antiqua, and Historia Gronlandia antiqua, Copenhagen, 1705 and 1706. Later writers have until very recently added but little that is important to the work of Torfaeus. In the voluminous literature of the subject the discussions chiefly worthy of mendon are Forster's Geschichte der Entdeckungen und Schiffahrten im Norden, Frankfort, 1784, pp. 44--88; and Humboldt, Examen critique, etc., Paris, 1837, ...
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  • Paperback | 98 pages
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  • English
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  • 9781236752635