Arabia Felix is the account of the Danish expedition into the Orient of 1761-1767. A great scientific, human and travelling endeavour, unfortunately doomed to misfortune from the beginning.
The almost miracolous retourn to Denmark of the only surviving member of the expedition 7 years after its beginning was welcomed with manifest indifference; the
same fate was met by the various diaries, drawings and specimens that managed to reach the expedition's mother country.
Luckily the great value of the Danish expedition begun to be recognised years after, when its last member was still alive.
"Father was wholly and completely imtent on observing and scrutinising the world around him. Abstractions and specilations were alien to his very nature: he always had to formulate everything in concrete terms. In judging a book or an article he was extremely strict about whether the contents were true or not; the simpler the style, the more it pleased him. Poetry meant nothing to him [...] architecture interested him. Sculpture he was indifferent to. Music he loved. He lived to observe and interpret things around him."