A Lapland Wizard bargaining for Wind.
Publish'd Ap.l 1 1797 by E. Newbery, corner of St Pauls
Engraving, sheet 155 x 100mm (6 x 4"). Trimmed inside platemark.
Possibly from an edition of Tobias Smollett's 'The Present State of All Nations' (8 vols., 1768-9), which includes the following description: 'When a ship is wind-bound at Wardhu, or Kiemi [Kemi], and the pilot has faith in these incantations, he addresses himself to a Lapland wizard; who, for a reasonable consideration, presents him with a magic cord, on which are a certain number of knots, to be united occasionally, as the wind may happen to fail about certain capes, or promontories'.
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