Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes, entre L'Asie et L'Amerique…. William COXE.
Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes, entre L'Asie et L'Amerique…
Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes, entre L'Asie et L'Amerique…
Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes, entre L'Asie et L'Amerique…
Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes, entre L'Asie et L'Amerique…

Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes…
Les Nouvelles Découvertes des Russes, entre L'Asie et L'Amerique…

Paris: Hotel de Thou, 1781.

Quarto, four folding engraved maps & one folding plate; a handsome copy in contemporary French mottled calf, gilt spines, red edges.

Includes previous unpublished Russian journals

The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration, with good material on Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and the Northwest Coast. Coxe, on a journey through Russia, collected, compared and translated Russian journals, collected maps at St Petersburg, consulted with authorities and included several journals 'never before given to the public', directing the 'curious and inquisitive reader' to compare them to Cook's then unpublished journals.

The rare French edition of this famous book on Russian exploration, with good material on Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and the Northwest Coast. Coxe, on a journey through Russia, collected, compared and translated Russian journals, collected maps at St Petersburg, consulted with authorities and included several journals 'never before given to the public', directing the 'curious and inquisitive reader' to compare them to Cook's then unpublished journals.
The book is a significant source on Russian exploration and expansion into the northern Pacific, and the attempt to open trade with Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Coxe 'also succeeded in securing additional material (for instance the narrative and maps of Krenitzin and Levashev's 'secret' expedition, the first official Russian government expedition since Bering's second expedition of 1741). He was able to secure this particular information, not widely known at the time even in Russia, from Dr. William Robertson, who in turn obtained it through his friend Dr. Rogerson, first physician to Empress Catherine II…' (Lada-Mocarski).
This edition is not in Sabin, who does record another French edition, a version reduced to octavo format published in Neuchâtel in 1781.

Lada-Mocarski, 29n; not in Sabin.

Price (AUD): $2,750.00  other currencies     Ref: #3003075

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