Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Berings-Straat, in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817, en 1818…. Otto von KOTZEBUE.
Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Berings-Straat, in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817, en 1818…
Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Berings-Straat, in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817, en 1818…
Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Berings-Straat, in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817, en 1818…
Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Berings-Straat, in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817, en 1818…
Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Berings-Straat, in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817, en 1818…

Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Berings-Straat…
Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Berings-Straat, in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817, en 1818…

Amsterdam: Johannes van der Hey, 1822.

Three volumes, each with engraved title-page (the last hand-coloured), four hand-coloured plates and three folding plates, five folding maps, an excellent set in early twentieth-century vellum, decorated gilt and blind.

Dutch edition of Kotzebue

Fine set in vellum of the uncommon Dutch edition of the Kotzebue voyage to the Pacific, the second Russian scientific expedition. 'A Dutch edition of the first Kotzebue voyage, translated by P.G. Witsen Geysbeek, with prefaces by the translator in volume I and II and footnotes throughout. The three hand-coloured portraits in volume II are "Tameamea, Konig der Sandwich-Eilanden" (p. 28), a version of the "red vest" portrait by Choris; "Rarick" (p. 130); and "Kadu" (p. 230). A folding plate in volume II… depicts the heiau and Kamehameha's residence at Kailua, Kona. The hand-coloured vignette on the volume III title is of the butterfly named for Kamehameha' (Forbes). A fourth hand-coloured plate in the first volume depicts "Inwoners van Kotzebue-Sond."

Fine set in vellum of the uncommon Dutch edition of the Kotzebue voyage to the Pacific, the second Russian scientific expedition. 'A Dutch edition of the first Kotzebue voyage, translated by P.G. Witsen Geysbeek, with prefaces by the translator in volume I and II and footnotes throughout. The three hand-coloured portraits in volume II are "Tameamea, Konig der Sandwich-Eilanden" (p. 28), a version of the "red vest" portrait by Choris; "Rarick" (p. 130); and "Kadu" (p. 230). A folding plate in volume II… depicts the heiau and Kamehameha's residence at Kailua, Kona. The hand-coloured vignette on the volume III title is of the butterfly named for Kamehameha' (Forbes). A fourth hand-coloured plate in the first volume depicts "Inwoners van Kotzebue-Sond."
Kotzebue's voyage is one of the great Pacific exploration accounts. This famous voyage narrative is particularly important for its descriptions of Alaska, California (including the first scientific account of the state flower, the Golden Poppy), Hawaii and Micronesia; Lada-Mocarski describes the account of Alaska as 'rich in early original source material.' The expedition rounded Cape Horn and visited Chile, Easter Island, the Marshall Islands, Hawaii and the North American coast, making an unsuccessful search for a Northwest passage. The Rurik sailed along the California coast, stopping at San Francisco; Kotzebue describes the missions, and the work is considered one of the most important early accounts of the state. Kotzebue made a stop in Hawaii in November-December 1816, revisiting again in September-October 1817, anchoring off Hawaii and Oahu. The Hawaiian portion is extensive with important observations on life and customs during the reign of Kamehameha I, whose famous "red vest" portrait by Choris is one of the illustrations.

Provenance: Private collection (Hawaii).

Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography, 551; Kroepelien, 672; O'Reilly-Reitman, 778a; Sabin, 38285.

Price (AUD): $5,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #3808869

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