In connection with the enterprise of organising an International Forestry Exhibition in Edinburgh in 1884, I published several Volumes on the Advanced Forest Science of the day, and offered to present copies of these in sheets free to Public Libraries in British Dependencies, or in the United States of America.
Many Libraries in the United States availed themselves of this offer, and there have been deposited with the Volumes in question compilations in manuscript relative to the Practice of Forestry in all the countries of Europe. I have since been authorised to prepare companion compilations on the Ethnography of Northern Europe suited for the popular study of this, to be deposited along with the others, either in letterpress or in manuscript. This Volume is one of these. As a compilation it consists largely of excerpts and translations, but I have felt free to combine with these, remarks illustrative of matters to which they refer. I suffer from impaired vision, and feel under great personal obligations to a friend, Miss J.J. Saint, who has assisted me to revise my manuscript, while editing the sheets for the press.