The history of Lapland: : containing a geographical description, and a natural history of that country; with an account of the inhabitants, their original, religion, customs, habits, marriages, conjurations, employments, &c.


Date: 1704



Translation of: Argentoratensis Lapponia id est, regionis Lapponum, first printed Frankfurt am Main, 1673. First translated into English in 1674 and printed at Oxford.

This translation is probably from the French edition printed at Paris, in 1678, which contains several addenda as included in this translation. Cf. Preface.

Added engraved and folded title page reads: The history of Lapland written in Latin by Iohn Scheffer, newly done into English from ye last edition with large additions.

"A short description of the great dukedom of Finland, and the lordship of Ingermanland", p. 373-377, has separate caption title.

"An account of Livonia, with the manners, customs and religion of its antient as well as modern inhabitants, and the chief occurrences that have happened there, during the present war betwixt Muscovy, the King of Poland and the Swedes", p. 378-408, has separate caption title.

"An account of a voyage of Charles XI. late King of Sweden, in the year, 1694. to the borders of Lapland, with the observations made by Mr. Andrew Spole and Mr. John Bilberg, two of his mathematicians in the year 1695. in Lapland, and some other of the most northern parts of Sweden, by special command from his said Majesty", p. 409-416, has separate caption title.

"Olof Rudbecks the younger, Nora Samolad; or, Lapland illustrated; being an account of his travels thro' Upland, Gestricia, Helsingen, Medelpadia, Angermanland and Bothnia to the west, with the district of Luhlah in Lapland; and to the north, the district of Torna in the same Lapland, together with Finland, Aland, and some of the eastern provinces; containing a description of the true situation of all of these places, and the disposition of their inhabitants, especially what relates to manners, inclinations, customs, religion, language, and first origin of the Laplanders; together with the products, living creatures, plants, mines, mountains, woods, lakes, rivers and cataracts of these countries. Take from the Latin original printed in 1701. at Upsal", p. 1-22, 3rd count, has separate caption title.

Includes a discussion of the fondness for tobacco, bought in the markets in Norway, of the Sami people; also includes a reference to Swedish churches in America.


Chavanne, J. Polar-Regionen, 3119; Alden, J.E. European Americana.

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Publisher: London: : Printed for Tho. Newborough, at the Golden-Ball in St. Paul's-Church-Yard: and R. Parker under the Royal Exchange.




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Date Added: 2019-08-13

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