Item #125644 Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, by Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First…. Captain Ivan Fedorovich Krusenstern.
Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, by Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First…
Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, by Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First…
Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, by Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First…

Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, by Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First…

1813. London: John Murray, 1813.

2 vols. in 1, 4to, xxxvi, 314; [ix], [i](blank), 404pp (bound without the leaf of binder’s directions noted by Forbes as usually absent). With a hand-colored plate by Atkinson as frontispiece to each volume, and a folding map in vol. 1 a little foxed. Modern half red morocco, gilt-lettered backstrip, gilt top. A very good copy.

§ FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THE FIRST RUSSIAN CIRCUMNAVIGATION

It was commanded by Krusenstern with a brilliant corps of officers--Lisiansky (commanding the Neva), Rezanov, Langsdorff, Kotzebue and Bellingshausen--all men who went on to make their mark on Pacific exploration. Although sponsored by the Czar, the voyage was funded by the Russian American Company to "open relations with Nippon and the Sandwich Islands, to facilitate trade in South America, to examine California for a possible colony, and to make a thorough study and report on the Northwest coast, its trade and future." The great importance of this work is its contribution to hydrographic knowledge of the Pacific coast of North America. By reason of Krusenstern's precise nature, he objected to Richard Hoppner's sometimes inaccurate translation, particularly of navigational terms and references. Separately, Lisiansky in the Neva called at Easter Island and together the two ships sailed for the Marquesas and Hawaii where the Nadeshda proceeded to Kamchatka and Japan, and the Neva to Russian America with an intended rendezvous at Canton to sell their cargo of furs. Krusenstern's excellent account of their time in Japan relates their failed ambassadorial mission, imprisonment, and exploration of the coasts of Hokkaido and visits to the Ainu.

Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 433; Hawaii One Hundred, 17; Kroepelien, 693; O’Reilly-Reitman, 730; Sabin, 38331. Arctic Bibliography 9381; Cordier Japonica 459; Hill 952; Kroepelien 693; see Lada-Mocarski 61 (Russian edition); Sabin 38331. Item #125644

Price: $14,600.00

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