Very Good. Item #6194
London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862. First Edition. Octavo; viii + 315pp + one-page publisher's prospectus. Fifty-one wood engravings of landscapes, geological, and volcanic/thermal formations. Original green publisher's cloth with blind-stamped borders and ornaments on front and rear panels. Gilt spine lettering. Magenta endpapers.
Binding dulled but not stained. Spine crown and feet, and panel corners, scuffed and minimally frayed. Panel corners lightly bumped. Endpaper color fading at all edges, but still true in page centers. Binder's ticket on rear pastedown: "Bound by Westleys & Co., London."
Symington was a poet, critic, essayist and literary biographer—and, in this one work, traveloguist: "Should these pages induce photographers and other artists to visit this strange trahytic island resting on an ocean of fire in the lone North Sea, or students to become familiar with its stirring history and grand old literature, I shall feel solaced, under a feeling almost akin to regret, that this self-imposed task—which, in spite of sundry vexatious delays and interruptions, has afforded me much true enjoyment—should at length have to an end."
Linton, author and political activist, who made the woodcuts after Symington's sketches, was admired in England but eventually emigrated and set up an equally admired wood-engraving business in Hamden, Connecticut.