• 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 98

    KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von (1770-1846). Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, by order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, on board the Ships Nadeshda and Neva. London: Printed by C. Roworth [I] and T. Davison [II] for John Murray and the Board of Longitude, 1813.

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    KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von (1770-1846). Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, by order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, on board the Ships Nadeshda and Neva. London: Printed by C. Roworth [I] and T. Davison [II] for John Murray and the Board of Longitude, 1813.

    2 volumes, 4o (269 x 214 mm). 2 hand-colored aquatint frontispieces, folding engraved map. (Plates and map with some slight offsetting.) Contemporary half calf and boards (some light dampstaining to foot of spines, some rubbing). Provenance: John Denis (1756-1809), First Marquess of Sligo (engraved Westport House bookplate); Louisa Catherine Sligo (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THE FIRST RUSSIAN CIRCUMNAVIGATION, commanded by Krusenstern with a brilliant corps of officers--Lisiansky (commanding the Neva), Rezanov, Langsdorff, Kotzebue and Bellingshausen--all men who went on to make their mark on Pacific exploration. Although sponsored by the Czar, the voyage was funded by the Russian American Company to "open relations with Nippon and the Sandwich Islands, to facilitate trade in South America, to examine California for a possible colony, and to make a thorough study and report on the Northwest coast, its trade and future." The great importance of this work is its contribution to hydrographic knowledge of the Pacific coast of North America. By reason of Krusenstern's precise nature, he objected to Richard Hoppner's sometimes inaccurate translation, particularly of navigational terms and references. Separately, Lisiansky in the Neva called at Easter Island and together the two ships sailed for the Marquesas and Hawaii where the Nadeshda proceeded to Kamchatka and Japan, and the Neva to Russian America with an intended rendezvous at Canton to sell their cargo of furs. Krusenstern's excellent account of their time in Japan relates their failed ambassadorial mission, imprisonment, and exploration of the coasts of Hokkaido and visits to the Ainu. Cordier Japonica 459; Hill 952; Kroepelien 693; see Lada-Mocarski 61 (Russian edition); Sabin 38331; Wickersham 6234.


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