• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

    Sale 2158

    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 96

    KOTZEBUE, Otto von (1787-1846). Entdeckungs-Reise in die Süd-See und nach der Berings-Strasse zur Erforschung einer nordöstlichen Durchfahrt. Unternommen in den Jahren 1815, 1816, 1817, und 1818. Weimar: Gebrüder Hoffmann, 1821.

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    KOTZEBUE, Otto von (1787-1846). Entdeckungs-Reise in die Süd-See und nach der Berings-Strasse zur Erforschung einer nordöstlichen Durchfahrt. Unternommen in den Jahren 1815, 1816, 1817, und 1818. Weimar: Gebrüder Hoffmann, 1821.

    3 volumes in one, 4o (272 x 219 mm). 18pp. subscribers list. 6 engraved maps (5 folding), 20 aquatint plates (19 hand-colored, 4 folding) after Ludovik Choris, Eschscholtz and others, 2 folding letterpress tables. (Some light spotting to text.) Modern boards, uncut (upper joint cracked). Provenance: Thomas W. Streeter (bookplate; his sale, part VI, Sotheby's Park Bernet, 22 April 1969, lot 3511).

    FIRST EDITION, second issue of three paper-type (ordinary, velinpapier and fine velinpapier), with all plates colored (except for the monkey plate in vol. 3). Kotzebue details the second Russian circumnavigation. The expedition in the ship Rurick commanded by von Kotzebue, and sponsored by Count Romanzoff, sailed to Brazil, stopping at Rio de Janeiro, then went by way of Cape Horn to Chile, Tahiti, Pitcairn, and Radack, to Kamtchatka. The return was made via New Archangel, California, Hawaii, Marianas, Philippines, and St. Helena. Excellent charts were completed of the North Pacific coasts of Asia and America, the Aleutians, Pribilofs, St. Lawrence Island, and the Bering Strait where Kotzebue Sound was discovered. Volume 3 includes Adelbert von Chamisso (1871-1838) "Bemerkungen und Ansichten von dem Naturforscher der Expedition." Borba de Moraes I, 438; Brunet III:693; Forbes I, 525; Hill 943; Howes K-258; Kroepelien 670; Lada-Mocarski 80; Lipperheide La 7; Sabin 38284; Streeter sale VI:3511 (this copy).


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