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Historical and ethnographical description of Greenland

CRANZ, David.
Historie von Grönland enthaltend die Beschreibung des Landes und der Einwohner etc. insbesondere die Geschichte der dortigen Mission der evangelischen Brüder zu Neu-Herrnhut und Lichtenfels.
Barby, Heinrich Detlef Ebers; Leipzig, heirs of Weidmans and Reich, 1765. 8vo. With 8 folding engraved plates, including 2 maps. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine.
€ 1,950
First edition of a historical and ethnographical description of Greenland, with an account of the Herrnhut-mission in the towns Noorliit (Neu-Herrnhut) and Akunnat (Lichtenfels). David Cranz (1723-1777) was a German missionary of the Herrnhuter Büdergemeinde (Moravian Church) and secretary of its founder, Count Von Zinzendorf. His Historie von Grönland is an important record of Inuit culture and contains detailed information on the natural history and the climate of Greenland. Two of the engraved plates are maps, the first showing Greenland and Iceland, the second a detail of Greenland's west coast. The other plates show houses, harpoons, boats, an Inuit hunting and settlements. The work was translated into Dutch, Danish, Swedish, English, etc. and remained popular well into the 19th century.
Spine slightly chafed along the extremities. Slightly browned, some occasional minor foxing and some small spots. Overall a good copy.
Arctic Bibliography 3470; Chavanne 5631; Sabin 17413; for the author: ADB IV, p. 256.
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