hardback in GC, dust jacket shabby, inner flyleaf torn off but no text or headings lost. Inside clean and bright. Beautifully illustrated with reproductions of coloured paintings and in B&W.
IN ICELANDIC AND ENGLISH. RARE.
Ponzi moved to Iceland from the US in 1958. He worked with conservation at the National Museum of Iceland, and subsequently with the Reykjavík city art gallery at Kjarvalsstaðir during the first years of that establishment. Alongside this he was active as a creative artist, with conservation and consultancy.
Once distant, obscure, enveloped in myth and mystery, Iceland intrigued and attracted many foreign travellers during the last century. Arriving from all parts of Europe, Scandinavia and America, they reached Iceland shores under sail or steam to set off with horse and packed train to pilgrimages to the renowned sites of Geysir, Hekla, Thingvellir, Snæfellsjökull and beyond. Many who arrived had interests in natural-historical explorations; the litirary-minded came to pay tribute to the home of the sagas and its saga-steads. while still others came to observe and record the relatively unknown way of life and customs of its remote inhabitants.
Besides their written observations, these 19th-century voyagers also left a considerable body of visual records executed by amateur and professional artists alike. This pictorial legacy today provides a fascinating portrait of the country and vividly documents the Icelander's 19th century way of life. These depictions and the individuals responsible for their creation, along with accounts of other notable visitors - such as a diary and a report from two notable visitors - are here for the first time brought together under a single cover. This unprecedented survey of a vanished era not only delights the reader's mind and eye but admirably serves as an important work of historical reference and includes a wealth of previously unpublished material.