Antiquitates Americanae, sive Scriptores Septentrionales rerum ante-Columbianarum in America.

  • Rafn, Carl Christian, ed.
  • Hafniae [Copenhagen]: Typis Officinae Schultzianae 1837
  • Sabin 67470.


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FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. xl, 479, [7] + 8 facsimile plates and 10 engraved plates (of which four are double-page and one folding). Issue without the ‘Geographical Overview’ (pp. xli-xliv) or engraved title-page apparently found in some copies. Later half calf, marbled boards, red morocco label to spine. Foxed in places. Extremities scuffed, spine darkened, joints repaired with glue and front hinge relined, a small area of spine restored at foot. Small library stamp to verso of title-page.


'The fullest and most important work that has yet been published relating to the discovery of America by the Northmen' (Sabin). Sabin refers to an engraved title-page which appears to be extremely rare, all copies on the market in recent decades having lacked any sign of it. The preliminaries also vary, with some copies containing an additional two leaves at the end (pp. xli-xliv, containing the 'Geographisk Oversigt'), while Sabin records only one additional leaf (his pagination for the prelims ends at xlii) and other copies, like this one, were issued without either, the prelims ending on p. xl. The margins are luxurious, and copies for sale are often described as being on large paper - Sabin mentions that a few were produced - but it seems likelier that this is the standard issue, since the 33cm page height matches that of most other copies for which size information is recorded in COPAC.

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