"Mr. Fridriksson, I'd like to know whether amongst your ancient books you have those of Arne Saknussemm?"
"Arne Saknussemm!" replied the Reykjavik professor. "You mean that learned sixteenth century scholar, simultaneously a great naturalist, a great alchemist, and a great traveler?"
"One of the glories of Icelandic literature and science?"
"Just as you say."
"Among the most illustrious men of the world?"
"I grant you that."
"And whose courage was equal to his genius?"
"I see you know him well." My uncle was afloat in joy at hearing his hero described in this fashion. He feasted his eyes on Mr. Fridriksson's face. "Well," he asked, "his works?"
"Ah! His works--we don't have them."
-Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne