Item #5000535 A Voyage round the World, in the years 1803, 4, 5, & 6; performed, by Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, Emperor of Russia, in the Ship Neva. Iurii Fedorovich LISIANSKII.

A Voyage round the World, in the years 1803, 4, 5, & 6…
A Voyage round the World, in the years 1803, 4, 5, & 6; performed, by Order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, Emperor of Russia, in the Ship Neva.

London: Printed for John Booth... and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown... by S. Hamilton, Weybridge, Surrey, 1814.

Quarto, with a portrait, eight charts coloured in wash (three folding) and four of five plates (with the coloured aquatint view of Sitka but missing that of St Paul), the plates and charts all bound at the end of the work; a large copy, uncut and with generous margins in modern polished calf leather binding, ornately gilt.

Hawaii, the Marquesas, Alaska and the Northwest coast, Canton

The scarce first English edition. A good large copy, though lacking one of the two coloured plates. This important Pacific voyage narrative is a counterpart to Krusenstern's own account of the voyage: after the expedition reached Hawaii in 1804 the two ships separated and Lisiansky went to Kodiak aboard the Neva, where he corroborated reports that Indians had demolished the settlement at Sitka. He sailed to Baronov, where he claimed a new hill, naming it New Archangel. After spending over a year at both Kodiak and Sitka, he set sail for China, but hit a reef en route, leading to his discovery of the Hawaiian island which now bears his name. Lisiansky's description of Hawaii is more extensive than that of Krusenstern, and his account of the Marquesas is quite different. The final part of the account consists of a detailed description of time spent in Canton.

The scarce first English edition. A good large copy, though lacking one of the two coloured plates. This important Pacific voyage narrative is a counterpart to Krusenstern's own account of the voyage: after the expedition reached Hawaii in 1804 the two ships separated and Lisiansky went to Kodiak aboard the Neva, where he corroborated reports that Indians had demolished the settlement at Sitka. He sailed to Baronov, where he claimed a new hill, naming it New Archangel. After spending over a year at both Kodiak and Sitka, he set sail for China, but hit a reef en route, leading to his discovery of the Hawaiian island which now bears his name. Lisiansky's description of Hawaii is more extensive than that of Krusenstern, and his account of the Marquesas is quite different. The final part of the account consists of a detailed description of time spent in Canton.

Lada-Mocarski described Lisiansky's book as 'a very important and rare work on the history of Alaska in general and Sitka in particular'. The appendices to the book include vocabularies of several native languages, including Hawaiian, Marquesan and various Northwest coast and Alaskan languages.

Forbes, 443; Hill, 1026; Howes, L732 ("b"); Judd, 110; Kroepelien, 740; Lada-Mocarski, 68; O'Reilly-Reitman, 739.

Condition Report: Title page lightly browned, some occasional sporadic spotting, chiefly light.

Price (AUD): $13,500.00

US$8,721.09   Other currencies

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