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KRUSENSTERN, Capt. A.J. von.

Voyage round the World

in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, by order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, on Board the Ships Nadeshda and Neva, under the Command of ... translated from the original German by Richard Belgrave Hopner, Esq.

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London, John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and the Board of Longitude, 1813

An important work, being the official account of the first Russian expedition to circumnavigate the globe. Kruzenstern had a particularly noteworthy group of officers serving under him, all of whom published records of the voyage Lisianskii, Langsdorff, and Kotzebue. They were tasked with attempting to 'open relations with Nippon and the Sandwich Islands, to facilitate trade in South America, to examine California for a possible colony, and make a thorough study and report of the Northwest coast, its trade and its future' (Hill).

Like many Russian naval personnel before him, Kruzenstern had trained in the British Navy. His service during the Revolutionary War (1793-1799) gave him a valuable insight into English trade with China and the East Indies. His introduction shows just how much he learnt whilst at Canton and provides 'important observations on the state of Russian commerce, Russian voyages and discoveries in the northern Pacific' (Forbes), as well as

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First English edition. 2 vols in one, 4to. 2 hand-coloured etched plates by Atkinson as frontispieces, some light spotting to title-pages, map, & 2 final leaves of text. Contemporary speckled calf, spine gilt, expertly rebacked with old spine laid down, a handsome copy. xxxvi, 314; [ix], [i](blank), 404pp.


Hill 952; Forbes 433; Sabin 38331.

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