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KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von.

Voyage Round the World, in the years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806,

by order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, on board the ships Nadeshda and Neva. Translated from the original German by Richard Belgrave Hoppner, Esq.

London : 1813 Stock Code: 124187
£18,750.00
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Notes

First edition in English of the first Russian circumnavigation. Krusenstern's account was first published at St Petersburg in 1810. Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern) had served in the British Navy in 1793-99. He was given command of the two-ship expedition under "a brilliant corps of officers" (Hill), intended to establish trade with China and Japan, facilitate trade in South America, and examine California for a possible colony. It proved to be one of the most important Pacific voyages after Cook, encompassing the Canary Islands, Brazil, the Marquesas, Kamschatka, Nagasaki, Sakhalin, and Macao. "The voyage made a significant contribution to the knowledge of the hydrography of the Pacific coast of North America... Krusenstern took the first Russian embassy of Nikolai Rezanov to Japan" (Howgego). The translator Hoppner (1786-1872) was an English diplomat, also remembered for his friendship with Byron.

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Description

2 volumes bound in one, quarto (277 x 210 mm). Contemporary tree calf professionally rebacked to style, richly gilt spine, red and green morocco twin labels, red morocco numbering ovals, gilt floriate roll tool border on sides, gilt Greek-key turn ins, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved folding map (Japan with coastline of China and Korea, based on D. F. Sotzmann's map of 1811), 2 hand-coloured aquatint plates by J. A. Atkinson (a native of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, view of Nagasaki.)

Condition

Neat oval book label of the distinguished travel bibliophile Martin Greene. Vol. I title lightly creased and upper right blank corner restored, frontispiece of vol. II lightly offset to title, short closed tear at foot of same title. A very good, handsome copy, clean and generously margined.

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