SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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GRAAH, Wilhelm August.
Undersogelses-Reise til Ostkysten af Gronland. Efter Kongelig Befalning udfort i Aarene.

Kobenhavn: J.D. Quist, 1832.
Bobins II 404; Sabin 28178.
Kobenhavn: J.D. Quist, 1832.

FIRST EDITION. 4to, pp. xvii, [1], 216; 8 hand-coloured lithographs; large folding map (approx. 35" x 26 1/2") based on the best information of the author, Egede, Parry, Scorsby, Ross, etc., showing the coast of Labrador and Baffin Island in the west, east to Iceland. Includes an elaborate map (the best of its day) of the west coast of Greenland, as far north as Upernavik and as far as what is now Andree's Land in the east. The map may not be present in all copies. Title-page and first page of introduction reinserted, title-page mis-creased and with an odd cropping at the bottom margin, occasional paper repairs, edges rubbed, some wear at spine extremities,some offset to plates and some foxing throughout - otherwise this is a good, sound copy. Contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, gilt lettering and decorative 'Greek Key' design to spine. In 1829-30 a Danish expedition led by W.A Graah travelled along the coast from Cape Farewell, the southernmost point of Greenland to the south western part of Ammassalik District. Contains the author's diary of his sojourns at Julianaehaab and Nennortalik, his investigations of the Norse ruins at Kakortok in West Greenland; his notes of a trip in a umiak along the southeast coast of Greenland; his wintering at Nukarbik; his unsuccessful attempt to continue further north; as well as observations on climate, temperatures, ice conditions, geography, etc, etc. Printed in Danish. Plates are not captioned. An English edition was published in 1837. Coloured plates in order: 1. Frontispiece. Greenlander people travelling in a large canoe. 2. Hunter, armed with harpoon, at sea, in his canoe. 3-5. Ruins of assorted brick buildings. 6. Greenlander tent, with fire and provisions etc. 7. Interior of a Greenlander tent with 3 inhabitants inside. 8. Various Greenlander artefacts (5 figs)