Item #5000394 An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia, for ascertaining the degrees of latitude and longitude of the mouth of the River Kovima; of the whole coast of the Tshutski, to East Cape; and of the islands i n the Eastern Ocean, stretching to the American Coast. Performed, By Command of Her Imperial Majesty Catherine the Second…. BILLINGS VOYAGE, Martin SAUER.
An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia, for ascertaining the degrees of latitude and longitude of the mouth of the River Kovima; of the whole coast of the Tshutski, to East Cape; and of the islands i n the Eastern Ocean, stretching to the American Coast. Performed, By Command of Her Imperial Majesty Catherine the Second…

An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia…
An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia, for ascertaining the degrees of latitude and longitude of the mouth of the River Kovima; of the whole coast of the Tshutski, to East Cape; and of the islands i n the Eastern Ocean, stretching to the American Coast. Performed, By Command of Her Imperial Majesty Catherine the Second…

London: A. Strahan, 1802.

Quarto, with a folding map and 14 engraved plates; old half calf, cloth sides.

The Aleutian Islands, and the Russian and north American coasts

The last of the major Russian surveys of the eastern coast of Siberia with the classic description of the Aleutian Islands, and about the Billings expedition's visits to Kodiak Island, Montague Island, Prince William Sound and the coast south as far as Yakutat Bay. This is the only edition in English of the Englishman Sauer's full account of the voyage, on which he travelled as secretary to the Captain.

The last of the major Russian surveys of the eastern coast of Siberia with the classic description of the Aleutian Islands, and about the Billings expedition's visits to Kodiak Island, Montague Island, Prince William Sound and the coast south as far as Yakutat Bay. This is the only edition in English of the Englishman Sauer's full account of the voyage, on which he travelled as secretary to the Captain.

Billings's naval career had started under Cook: he sailed as an able-bodied seaman on the Discovery, transferring on Cook's death to the Resolution. His voyage included a revisiting of Kamchatka where Captain Clerke, who had taken over the command of the third voyage after Cook's death, had been buried. One of the plates in this publication shows Clerke's grave.

Sauer's is the "first account in English of the first major exploring expedition sent out by the Russians to the Frozen Ocean and the North Pacific after Bering's second expedition of 1741… The chart was made by Arrowsmith from Sauer's notes and Captain Billings's astronomical observations…" (Streeter). The large folding map is of Bering's Strait and the American and Asian coasts. The appendices include linguistic tables, one of which compares Kamchatkan, Aleutian and Kodiak dialects.

The chart was made by Aaron Arrowsmith from Sauer's notes and Billings's observations, and the whole complements well the other contemporary accounts of the expedition by the cartographer Gavriil Sarychev and the naturalist Carl Heinrich Merck.

Hill, 1528; Lada-Mocarski, 58; Sabin, 77152.

Condition Report: A few light spots but generally a good copy.

Price (AUD): $4,850.00

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