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George Steuart MacKenzie: Map of the Southwest Coast of Iceland

Map: SCAN2491
 
Cartographer: George Steuart MacKenzie
Title: Map of the Southwest Coast of Iceland
Date: 1811
Published: Edinburgh
Width: 22 inches / 56 cm
Height: 14 inches / 36 cm
Map ref: SCAN2491
Description:
Detailed survey of the southwest coast of Iceland, including Reykjavik, by the Scottish geologist and argriculturalist, Sir George Steuart MacKenzie (1780-1848).

MacKenzie traveled to Iceland in 1810 in order to further his studies of geology and minerology - his route is marked in red on the map. He and his colleagues subsequently published an important narrative of their expedition, Travels in Iceland, in which he wrote one of the earliest scientific explanations for the periodic eruptions of geysers.

Original hand-colour. [SCAN2491]