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VON TROIL, Uno. Letters on Iceland: Containing Observations on the Civil, Literary, Ecclesiastical, and Natural History; Antiquities, Volcanos, Basaltes, Hot Springs; Customs, Dress, Manners of the Inhabitants, &c. &c. Made During a Voyage Undertaken in the Year 1772 By Joseph Banks... To Which are Added the Letters of Dr. Ihre and Dr. Bach to the Author, Concerning the Edda and the Elephantiasis of Iceland.
London: Printed By And For W. Richardson,... 1780. First English edition. Tall 8vo., full contemporary calf, gilt, leather spine label, xxvi, 400pp. With an engraved frontispiece depicting a "Geyser" and with a folding map. Spine rubbed, outer front hinge cracked and tender but certainly a very good copy.

After accompanying Cook on his first voyage, Banks intended to go with Cook on the second voyage but disagreements with the Navy Board led to his withdrawal from the second voyage. “Banks proposed to take a dozen or so assistants, but he fell out with the Navy Board over accommodation and withdrew, finding compensation in leading an expedition of his own in 1772 to the Isle of Wight, the western islands of Scotland and Iceland."

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