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STAEHLIN, J[akob] v[on].

An account of the new Northern Archipelago

lately discovered by the Russians in the Seas of Kamtschatka and Anadir.

Stock Code
101016
London, C. Heydinger, 1774
£4,000

Fresh copy of the first English edition of 'an important work in the history of north-west coast exploration' (Hill).

Preceded by the German original in the same year, the English edition is augmented by the narrative of four Russian sailors who were castaway off an island of Spitzbergen. This narrative has its own title-page. The English edition served as the basis for the French edition of 1782.

'The author was Secretary to the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg and a member of the Royal Society of London. In the present work he attempted to present the gradual progress of the new Russian discoveries of islands in the North Pacific, including the Aleutian Islands, Kodiak and Unalashka islands, and a number of others. Staehlin states that his compilation is based on the original reports of Russian traders who, under a convoy from the Admiralty ... spent 1764-67 exploring the North Pacific

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Description

First English edition, 8vo (21.4 x 14.4 cm), xx, 118, 2 (publisher's ads) pp., engraved folding map by Thomas Kitchin hand-coloured in outline and engraved title vignette and half title, contemporary half calf with armorial crest on the spine, neat repairs to extremities, an attractive example.

Bibliography

Arctic Bibliography 16667; Hill 1624; cf Lada-Mocarski 20 (German edition).

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