Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    One of the Earliest Accounts of Iceland

    [Eggert Olaffson and Bjarni Povelsen]. Voyage en Islande, Fait par Order de S. M. Danoise, Contenant des observations sur les moeurs et les usages des Habitans; une description des Lacs, Rivières, Glaciers Sources Chaudes et Volcans; des diverses espèces de Terres, Pierres, Fossiles et Pétrifications; des Animaux, Poissons et Insectes, etc., etc.; Traduit du danois par GAUTHIER-DE-LA PEYRONIE... Paris: Chez les Frères Levrault, 1802. First French edition (the true first Danish edition was published in 1772). Five octavo volumes and one quarto atlas volume. Text volumes: [2, blank], [4], iv, 444, [2, blank]; [2, blank], [iv], 434, [2, blank]; [2, blank], [iv], 400, [2, blank]; [2, blank], [iv], 451, [3, blank]; [2, blank], [iv], 419, [3, blank] pages. With all half-titles and blanks. Atlas volume: [ii], complete with sixty engraved plates of people, tools, and fauna, including one fold-out map. Text volumes bound in near contemporary full tree calf, covers ruled in blind, spines elaborately tooled in gilt, each volume with two red morocco gilt lettering labels, atlas bound in contemporary quarter brown morocco over handmade paper boards, spine elaborately tooled in gilt, with burgundy gilt morocco lettering label. Some rubbing to bindings, ink notations and ownership ink stamps on half-title and title-page of each text volume, minor occasional thumbsoiling in text, binding of atlas volume has surface of leather worn away at joints, (although joints are not cracked), some wear to spine and binding, hinges cracked (yet still solid). Text and plates quite clean and bright. A fine set. From the library of H. F. Wriedt, with his nautical bookplate on the front pastedown in each volume. This edition has eight more plates than the original Dutch edition. This is one of the earliest accounts of Iceland, and contains the first scientific study of that island. Anker 379.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Books & Catalogs (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2012
    4th-5th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 471

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $50,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $50,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 5 days left to consign to the 2018 June 10 - 11 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Chicago!

    Learn about consigning with us

    You reach a customer base that is in many ways completely unknown to the major auction houses, and your marketing to this base is as professional as one could hope for. As I continue to wind down my holdings.
    Michael Z.,
    Hawthorne, NY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    2018 March 17 Western Americana & Texana Grand Format Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $327,896