A voyage of discovery into the South Sea


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, under the command of the lieutenant in the Russian Imperial Navy …
London, Longman, 1821

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A voyage of discovery into the South Sea


First edition in English of Kotzebue’s first voyage. Kotzebue details the second Russian circumnavigation and this edition contains plates and maps not in the first Russian edition of 1821-23.

One of the most important early nineteenth century voyages, its primary objectives were the exploration of the Pacific islands and the finding of a northern passage from the Pacific to the Atlantic. during its three-year circumnavigation of the world it visited Brazil, Cape Horn, Chili, Kamchatka, Alaska, and California, returning to Russia via the Philippines, Cape of Good hope, and Saint Helena. Scarce.


First English edition. 3 vols, 8vo, 8 hand-coloured aquatints (light offsetting to plates), 1 line engraving, 7 maps (4 folding), contemporary half blind-stamped calf over marbled boards, morocco labels, joints cracked but sound, a little foxing, offsetting from text to plates, a good set.

Mary Heseltine Howes (inscription to titles and end-paper dated 1839).


Abbey 596; Arctic Bibliography 9195; BdM I, 439; Cowans p335; Forbes 528; Hill 944; Lada-Mocarski 80; Sabin 38291; Streeter 3512.


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