Iceland Frisland Greenland Arctic 1716 Age Exploration Voyages book map platesBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(Old Books, 18th century Books, Leather Books, Illustrated Books, Exploration, Sailing, Navigation).
Recueil de Voyages du Nord.
Published 1716, Amsterdam by Jean-Frideric Bernard.
298 pages. Text in French. Engraved frontis & title page. Illustrated throughout with two folding plates (only, of ?) which include a Narwal and one showing Greenlanders. Oblong folding map (detached and now loose) showing Baffin Bay, northern tip of Quebec province Canada, coast of Greenland, Iceland and the mythical island of Frisland.
Attractive antiquarian early 18th century French full leather binding, raised bands, gilt compartment decorations.
Book is physically old and shows some signs of handling and time. Covers (extensively) Iceland, Greenland and the northern Arctic region, including natives of the area.
Binding well age worn but still appealing and sturdy, leather rubbed & dried, spine ends chipped, joints cracked (covers firmly attached), remains overall very attractive as an object.
Text block paper is gently age toned as typical, internally book remains mostly clean, tight and sound.
Still attractive on the shelf. Book displays a pleasing and unique age patina and is in rather nice antiquarian condition, any age flaws seem easy to overlook or forgive.
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Book Measures c. 6 1/2" H x 4" W.