• 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 100

    LESSEPS, Jean Baptiste Barthelemy, Baron de (1766-1834). Travels in Kamtschatka, During the Years 1787 and 1788. London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1790.

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    LESSEPS, Jean Baptiste Barthelemy, Baron de (1766-1834). Travels in Kamtschatka, During the Years 1787 and 1788. London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1790.

    2 volumes, 8o (209 x 124 mm). Engraved folding map. Contemporary tree calf spines gilt (some minor rubbing to spines).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH published in the same year as the French edition. De Lesseps was an interpreter of Russian of the famous French scientific expeditions of the 18th century under command of La Pérouse. He describes his most difficult travels in Kamtschatka, before returning to Europe. He carried La Pérouse's journal and maps of the first half of the ill-faded expedition. Volume two contains a "Vocabulary of the Kamtschadale, Koriac, Tchouktchi, and Lamout languages." Hill, 1011; Cox I, 353; Howego, Encycl. of Exploration L-123; Howes L-270; Sabin 40209.


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