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Arctic voyages of 17th century. MARTENS. Viaggio Di Spizberga O Grolanda...

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Arctic voyages of 17th century. MARTENS. Viaggio Di Spizberga O Grolanda...
 MARTENS, Fredrich. Viaggio Di Spizberga O Grolanda Fatto... L'anno 1671. Venezia, Iseppo Prodocimo, 1680.

In 8vo; mm. 160x90; pp. 264; contemporary sewing binding, handwritten title on spine. Woodcut intial letters, the gathering B is repeated twice, a very slight dampstain on the bottom margin of the first parts. Nice specimen uncut.

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Rare first Italian edition. This is the story of one of the rare trips to the Arctic region made in the seventeenth century, written by Martens, a surgeon on board the expedition who sailed from Hamburg on 15 April 1671. The book contains a detailed description of Greenland and of the climate, the winds, the marine currents, the flora and fauna of the Arctic. Some pages are entirely devoted to whale hunting and also contain a suggestive description of the Greenland whaling as well as the different species of fish that live in the northern seas.
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