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PAIJKULL, Carl Wilhelm.

(1836 – 1869)

(Born: 22 October 1836; Died: Samuelsberg outside Motala, Sweden, 12 June 1869) Swedish geologist, mineralogist & chemist.

Paijkull received his doctorate in geology and mineralogy at Uppsala in 1860. After his Iceland trip he worked in Stockholm as a science teacher and ran his own private chemical laboratory. He wrote several books on "popular" geology and mineralogy and was also active as translator in the same genre. Moved 1867 to Motala where he acted as a school inspector. He sold educational collections of rocks and minerals.

Biographical references: SBA: Scandinavian Biographical Archive: B-234, 343. Svenskt Biografiskt Handlexikon: 2, 257. WBI.

1. Swedish, 1866.
En sommar på Island. | Reseskildring | af | C.W. Paijkull, | Docent i Geologi vid Upsala Universitet. | [rule] | Med 35 illustrationer i träsnitt, 4 litografier i färgtryck och | en graverad karta över Island. | [ornate rule] | Stockholm. | Albert Bonniers Förlag.

8°: π3 1-218+1; 172l.; [6], [1]-335, [3] p., 35 illus., 4 colored plates (Eruption of Hekla [Frontis]; Reykjavik; Bruara; Geysir), one map.

Contents: [2 pgs], Title page, verso "Stockholm. | Alb. Bonniers boktryckeri, 1866."; [1 pg], Dedication to Axel Erdmann.; [1 pg], Blank.; [2 pgs], Foreword, guide to Icelandic pronounciation.; [1]-335, Text.; [3 pgs], Index.

Rare. Paijkull received a scholarship from Upsala University for this Icelandic tour that he completed on horse-back. The book, which is a popular account of the trip, is filled with comments on the geology and nature as well as the culture and inhabitants of iceland. Mineralogically it deserves mentioning, since Paijkull collected zeolites at the famous Theigarhorn locality, material that he offered and sold to the mineralogical collections of Upsala University and the Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. As a results of the trip a geologic description of Iceland was presented in the Transactions of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science (KVAH 7:1): "Bidrag till kännedomen om Islands bergbygnad." Stockholm, 1869. \JKjellman

Bibliographical references: Fiske: I, 453. NUC. SWIM.

2. English, 1868 [English transl.].
A Summer in Iceland. Translated by M.R. Barnard. London, Chapman and Hall, 1868.

8°: ix, [1], 364 p., one hand-colored folding map, 6 plates. Very scarce.