• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 97

    KOTZEBUE, Otto von. A New Voyage round the World, in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. London: Samuel Bentley for Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.

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    KOTZEBUE, Otto von. A New Voyage round the World, in the Years 1823, 24, 25, and 26. London: Samuel Bentley for Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1830.

    2 volumes, 12o (199 x 124 mm). 2 engraved frontispieces and 3 maps (2 folding). (Some occasional foxing, maps with light offsetting.) Contemporary boards, paper spine labels (with some chipping to labels, spine expertly reinforced). Provenance: Earl of Portarlington (owner's name dated Richmond, 1843 on title); Sidney Powis (owner's name dated London, 1926 on endpaper).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Kotzebue's third circumnavigation (the second under his command) for the Czar, for the purpose of protecting Russian American Company interests on the Pacific Northwest coast against foreign fur traders. He sailed from Kronstadt to Brazil, then went by way of Cape Horn to Chile, Tahiti, Pitcairn Island, Tonga, Navigator's Islands, and Radack, and than to Kamchatka. The work is as important to Alaska and California as it is to Polynesia, and his accounts of Sitka, the new Russian settlement at Ross, and the San Francisco Bay region are heightened by criticism of the harsh treatment of California Indians and of Polynesians by missionaries. On his previous voyage he had been equally critical of Russian treatment of the Alaska Indians. The English translation caused alarm in England as it indicated a growing Russian presence in the American northwest. Borba de Moraes I, 440; Hill 947; Kroepelien 675; see Lada-Mocarski 93 (Russian edition); Sabin 38288. (2)


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