An Account of the New Northern Archipelago, lately discovered by the Russians in the Seas of Kamtschatka and Anadir… Translated from the German Original. [with:] LE ROY, Pierre Ludwig. A Narrative of the Singular Adventures of Four Russian Sailors, Who Were Cast Away on the Desert Island of East-Spitzbergen. Jakob von Storcksburg STAEHLIN.
An Account of the New Northern Archipelago, lately discovered by the Russians in the Seas of Kamtschatka and Anadir… Translated from the German Original. [with:] LE ROY, Pierre Ludwig. A Narrative of the Singular Adventures of Four Russian Sailors, Who Were Cast Away on the Desert Island of East-Spitzbergen.

An Account of the New Northern Archipelago…
An Account of the New Northern Archipelago, lately discovered by the Russians in the Seas of Kamtschatka and Anadir… Translated from the German Original. [with:] LE ROY, Pierre Ludwig. A Narrative of the Singular Adventures of Four Russian Sailors, Who Were Cast Away on the Desert Island of East-Spitzbergen.

London: printed for C. Heydinger, 1774.

Octavo, with a folding map on thick paper, coloured in outline; a nice copy, bound without half-title and advertisement leaf in contemporary calf, neatly rebacked.

Russian discoveries in the north including the Aleutians, Kodiak and Unalaska

An important and surprisingly scarce North Pacific item. This is the first English edition, translated from the German publication ('Das Von Den Russen In Den Jahren 1765, 66, 67 Entdekte Nordliche Insel-meer Zwischen Kamtschatka und Nordamerika') published earlier in the same year. There is a long extra section (118 pp.) with separate title-page in this English edition, Le Roy's "Narrative of the adventures of four Russian sailors, who were cast away on the island of East-Spitzbergen".

An important and surprisingly scarce North Pacific item. This is the first English edition, translated from the German publication ('Das Von Den Russen In Den Jahren 1765, 66, 67 Entdekte Nordliche Insel-meer Zwischen Kamtschatka und Nordamerika') published earlier in the same year. There is a long extra section (118 pp.) with separate title-page in this English edition, Le Roy's "Narrative of the adventures of four Russian sailors, who were cast away on the island of East-Spitzbergen".

Staehlin "was Secretary to the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St Petersburg and a member of the Royal Society of London. In the present work he attempted to present the gradual progress of the new Russian discoveries of islands in the North Pacific, including the Aleutian Islands, Kodiak and Unalaska islands, and a number of others. Staehlin states that his compilation is based on the original reports of the Russian traders who, under a convoy from the Admiralty, commanded by Lieutenant Sind ('Syndo'), spent 1764-67 exploring the North Pacific area, discovering new islands and confirming previous discoveries. Extracts from the reports made to the Russian Senate, via the government chanceries in Irkutsk and Kamchatka, are joined to Staehlin's over-all narrative" (Lada-Mocarski).

The map, which shows Alaska as an island, shows the track of three Russian boats which passed through the Bering Strait, coming from the Arctic Ocean, in 1648: this was Dezhnev's expedition. A popular account by David Roberts of their shipwreck appeared as Four Against the Arctic: Shipwrecked for Six Years at the Top of the World (2003).

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Hill, 1624; Lada-Mocarski, 20.

Price (AUD): $7,750.00  other currencies Ref: #4505108

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