London. 1802. Two volumes. xxiv,396; viii,380pp., plus folding map and sixteen plates (five handcolored). Quarto. Antique-style three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Contemporary ownership signature on titlepages. Scattered foxing and toning, some offsetting from plates. Very good. Item #WRCAM45750
Acerbi was an Italian naturalist and composer, and this record of his travels in Scandinavia describes the customs of the people, including folk music, and the surrounding environment. There are detailed observations on natural history, including a plate of the Lapland Owl. His travels were considered remarkable at the time because he penetrated to areas believed inaccessible, with most of the second volume devoted to Lapland. The large folding map shows Sweden, Finland, and Norway, while the plates show scenes of life in the northern realms.