Christie’s is pleased to present Russian America and Polar Exploration: Highlights from the Martin Greene Library, an extensive collection of highly important books chronicling the exploration of the Earth’s extremes. Spanning the 16th to the 20th centuries, this fine library includes the most significant collection of Russian America books ever to come to auction, led by the incredibly rare and beautiful Russian-German account and atlas of Ivan Kruzenshtern’s voyage of 1802-1806, the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe. It is one of the most magnificent works of 19th century Russian printing and includes particularly important views of the Northwest Coast of America.
Kruzenshtern, Ivan. Reise um die Welt in den Jahren 1803, 1804, 1805, und 1806 auf den Schiffen Nadeshda und Newa. St. Petersburg: for the author at the Schoor press, 1810-1814. Including the atlas with 110 plates and a double-page world map. $350,000-450,000
Choris, Ludovik. Voyage pittoresque autour du monde…. Paris: 1822. The first edition, with 105 hand-colored plates. $90,000-130,000
Wilkes, Charles. Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition during the Years 1838-1842. Philaldephia: 1844. The first edition and a rare official issue, presented by the U.S. Congress, of the record of the first ever American scientific voyage. $60,000-90,000