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The history of Greenland: Including an account of the mission carried on by the United Brethren in that country . with a continuation to the present time; illustrative notes; and an appendix, containing a sketch of the mission of the Brethren in Labrador.

Cranz, David.

Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, London, 1820
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First edition of the second English-language translation of Cranz's history of Greenland, giving the work edited and updated form ? "paring off the redundancies, and modernising the uncouth dress of the original" (p. iv), the better to appeal to the early 19th-century reader. This translation was done by John Gambold (1711?71), the first consecrated English Moravian bishop; the introduction here closes with Dr. Johnson's comment that "the man who did not relish the first part was no philosopher, and he who could not enjoy the second no Christian." The work begins with a geographical and zoological overview of the island, and continues with an anthropological overview of the native Eskimos, including, in Chapter VI, a ?little sketch of the Greenland language.? Also covered is the period from the early Norse settlement of the island up to 1762 (the first English edition, printed in 1767, went only up to 1733), including the first establishment of Christianity by the Icelandic settlers, the visits made by them to North America, and their failed attempt to settle there; the remaining chapters give the history of the two missionary stations founded by the Moravian Church. The two volumes are illustrated with a total of => nine copper-engraved plates illustrating life in Greenland, showing native costume, houses, boats, and fishing implements (including harpoons), as well as a view of Lichtenfels; the oversized, folding map gives an overall view of Greenland, while the other map depicts the western coast. 12mo (23 cm, 9.1"). 2 vols. I: Frontis., xi, [1], 359, [1] pp. (lacking pp. 241?56); 1 fold. map, 1 map, 5 plts. II: Frontis., vi, 323, [1] pp. NSTC 2C42344; Sabin 17418. Publisher's plain paper?covered boards, rebacked with similar paper, spines with printed paper labels; edges rubbed and hinges (inside) strengthened. Ex-social club library: 19th-century bookplates, call number on endpapers, pressure-stamp on title-pages, no other markings. Page edges untrimmed, some with small chips; varying degrees of offsetting and light to moderate foxing. Pp. 241?56 of vol. I lacking. Most plates in vol. I (not including frontispiece) with area of waterstaining in upper portion; first few leaves of vol. II with similar waterstaining; folding map with two short tears, extending slightly into image. A solid set, in original boards and with untrimmed page edges; price significantly reduced for faults. Bookseller Inventory # 30790

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Title: The history of Greenland: Including an ...

Publisher: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, London

Publication Date: 1820

Edition: 1st Edition

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