With Original Photographs.
VAN GRUISEN, N. L. A Holiday in Iceland. London, Elliott Stock, 1879.
8vo. Original brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt and ornamented in black, front cover ornamented and lettered in black; pp. vi, -98, with five mounted woodbury-type photographs; fore-edge of front cover a little scuffed, minor rubbing to extremities; occasionally spotted, one plate repaired along gutter; provenance: presentation copy, inscribed by the author to St. Margaret's lending library with their stamps on front endpapers and verso of plates.
First edition. After having been discouraged from going on holiday to Iceland by reading about the bleakness of the landscape and weather, news of the outbreak of Hecla arrived. 'That decided it'. Van Gruisen and a friend travelled on the Danish steamer Phoenix, occasionally undertaking excursions into the inland on horseback, observing wildlife, landscape and living conditions on Iceland.
Not in the printed catalogue of the Icelandic Collection at Cornell (Fiske); however, acquired later.