KRASHENINNIKOV, Stepan Petrovich.

The History of Kamtschatka,


The History of Kamtschatka,
and the Kurilski Islands, with the countries adjacent; illustrated with maps and cuts. Published at Petersbourg in the Russian language … and translated into English by James Grieve, M.D.
printed by R. Raikes for T. Jefferys, Glocester, 1764.

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The History of Kamtschatka,


First edition of an abridged English translation of one of the earliest printed narratives about Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, and the first scientific account of Kamchatka. The translator was James Grieve (d. 1773), a Scottish physician employed in Russian service.

Originally published in Russian in 1755, the work features a detailed discussion of the natural history, manners, customs and religion of the Kamchatkans:
“The Russian Krasheninnikov started out across Siberia with Gerhard Friedrich Mueller and Johann Georg Gmelin, and then made his own way to Kamchatka. When Georg Wilhelm Steller arrived in Kamchatka to supervise his work, Krasheninnikov left in order to avoid becoming Steller’s assistant, and returned to St. Petersburg. Krasheninnikov nonetheless was able to make use of Steller’s notes in the preparation of his own narrative, and the inclusion of Steller’s observations on America, made during his travels with Bering’s second voyage, are an important part of this work, and constitute one of the earliest accounts of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Steller’s account was not published until 1793. This is the first scientific account of those regions” (Hill).


4to. (25.8 x 21.6 cm). Title, [6], 280, [8] pp., with 2 folding maps, 5 engraved plates (3 folding), old illegible stamp to title; 1 folding map bound upside down with short tear repaired, marginal repair to title and first page. Modern dark green morocco gilt.

Provenance: Boris Berezovskiy (1946-2013, Russian businessman and politician).


Arctic Bibliography 9264; Howes K265 (“aa”); Lada-Mocarski 12 (note); Sabin 38301; Wickersham 12 (note).


Stock ID: 91578