• 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 106

    SAUER, Martin (late 18th century). An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia ... by Commodore Joseph Billings In the Years 1785, &c. to 1794. London: A. Strahan for T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, 1802.

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    SAUER, Martin (late 18th century). An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia ... by Commodore Joseph Billings In the Years 1785, &c. to 1794. London: A. Strahan for T. Cadell jun. and W. Davies, 1802.

    4o (278 x 218 mm). Half title, errata leaf c2. Engraved folding map by S.J. Neele after A. Arrowsmith and 14 engraved plates and coastal profiles by J. Powell, R.H. Cromek, S.J. Neele, et al. after W. Alexander. (Some very minor spotting.) 20th-century half calf gilt, uncut.

    FIRST EDITION. AN UNCUT COPY OF "THE FULLEST ACCOUNT OF [BILLING'S] VOYAGE" (Hill). Sauer was appointed to the Russian expedition of 1785 to 1793, led by Captain Billings, as Private Secretary and Translator, and his narrative--"taken from the journal written for Captain Billings, which I copied from the ship's journal kept by the Master Batakoff and his mates" (quoted from p. xiii)--is the fullest account of the voyage. The expedition charted Alaska and the Aleutians, and the two standard accounts are Sauer's and Sarychev's, which was first published in Russian in the same year. The appendices, contain vocabularies of the languages spoken in the areas visited, Catherine the Great's instructions to the expedition and other material relating to the expedition. Brunet V:147-148; Cox I:353; Hill 1528; Howes S-117; Lada-Mocarski 58; Lowndes p. 2192; Sabin 77152; Wickersham 6134.


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