Pen and Pencil Sketches of Faroe and Iceland.

  • Symington, Andrew James
  • London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts 1862


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. vi, [ii], 315, [1] + frontispiece. Wood-engraved illustrations by W.J. Linton. Original green cloth by Adam Gowans of Glasgow (with their label on the rear pastedown), boards bordered in blind, spine lettered in gilt. Light age-toning and faint spotting. Spine ends and corners bumped, a few tiny marks and scuffs to boards.


'Can Iceland - that distant island of the North Sea, that land of Eddas and Sagas, of lava-wastes, snow-jokuls, volcanoes, and boiling geysers - be visited during a summer's holiday? This was the question which for years I had vaguely proposed to myself' (p. 1). In answer, Symington (1825-1898) left Leith in 1859 on a Danish mail-steamer that made a month-long round trip to Reykjavik via the Faroes. The appendices contain Icelandic stories, fairy-tales, and poetry translated into English.

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