The Iceland Journal of Henry Holland, 1810: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Iceland Journal of Henry Holland, 1810

1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Wawn

Hakluyt Society

360 pages

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pub: 1999-01-31
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Sir Henry Holland, one of Victorian London's most celebrated physicians and most tireless travellers, visited Iceland twice - in 1810, as a member of Sir George Mackenzie's party of young Edinburgh scientists, and again, astonishingly, in 1871, his fascination with the bleak and distant land undimmed by extreme old age. Holland's intoxication with the prospect of Iceland was shared by many intellectuals and whiggish armchair primitives of his time. To some, Iceland was the home of unrivalled medieval literary achievement; to others, touched by European romanticism, the sublimities of Iceland offered an irresistible alternative to the familiar grandeurs of southern Europe; to others still, born in the heroic age of geological science, Iceland's centuries of volcanic and geothermal upheaval had deposited a bewildering mineralogical legacy for examination and analysis. Henry Holland shared all these Icelandophile enthusiasms, and his journal, appearing now in its first English edition, gives vivid expression to them. As well as a fastidious scientific record, the Holland journal depicts a turbulent society gripped by grievous commercial privation resulting from the Napoleonic wars. It also represents a previously unrecognised source for Mackenzie's celebrated published account of the expedition: a work in which Holland was a frustrated and indignant collaborator. Not least, the journal reveals something of the sensibility as well as the sense of the British 'Enlightenment' mind.

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Hakluyt Society, Second Series

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Established in 1846, the Society has to date published over 350 volumes. All editions are in English. Although a substantial number of the Society's past editions relate to British ventures, with documentary sources in English, the majority concern non-British enterprises and are based on texts in languages other than English. Material originally written in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French or Dutch has regularly appeared, material in Russian, Greek, Latin, Ethiopic, Chinese, Persian or Arabic occasionally.

All editions contain an introduction and scholarly annotation, giving both the general reader and the student a degree of assistance in understanding the material and providing guidance on the relevance of the episodes described, within the context of global development and world history. Volumes are often generously furnished with maps and contemporary illustrations.

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HISTORY / General