A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits, for the purpose of Exploring a North-East Passage, undertaken in the years 1815-1818… in the ship Rurick.

London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821.

Three volumes, octavo, with 9 engraved plates and portraits (8 coloured), 6 charts (3 folding); half calf antique, original marbled boards, slight wear to a few joints; a fine copy.

with nine engraved plates and portraits mostly somewhat browned (eight coloured, four of them aquatints), six charts (three folding); a few light spots or stains but a very good set in recent full calf, spines banded in gilt, red labels.

"A very important and much prized work" (Hill)

First edition in English of the account of Kotzebue's first voyage, translated by Hannibal Evans Lloyd of the Foreign Office, London, and published in the same year as the German original. The long introduction by Krusenstern reviews the voyage and stresses the need for subsequent explorations.

First edition in English of the account of Kotzebue's first voyage, translated by Hannibal Evans Lloyd of the Foreign Office, London, and published in the same year as the German original. The long introduction by Krusenstern reviews the voyage and stresses the need for subsequent explorations.

The Rurik sailed from Kronstadt on 30 July 1815, for the Pacific via Cape Horn. After making the Chilean coast, they stopped at Easter Island in March 1816, sailed through the Tuamotus, and out of Polynesia, and discovered the Radak and Ralik chains of the Marshall Islands, which are described here in great detail. Later, after a stop at Kamchatka, and in search of a northeast passage, they explored the sound north of Bering Strait now named Kotzebue Sound. Lada-Mocarski calls their account of Alaska 'rich in early original source material'. The Rurik sailed along the California coast and stopped at San Francisco; the description of the missions here means that 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. The attractive plates after watercolours by Choris include a view of Kailua, Kona, and the famous portrait of the king. 'Although less impressive in scope than the original, with fewer illustrations, it is a prized edition' (Hill). The plates are actually of high quality, especially the aquatint views. One of the portraits is the famous "red vest" image of the Hawaiian king Kamehameha I.

Provenance: John Howell Books (San Francisco); Donn and Wendell Carlsmith collection, Hawaii (with book-tickets); private collection (Sydney).

Cowan, p. 335; Forbes, 528; 'Hawaii One Hundred', 24; Hill, 944; Judd, 95; not in the Kroepelien collection; O'Reilly-Reitman, 776.

Price (AUD): $7,250.00

US$5,028.25   Other currencies

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