• 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 107

    STAEHLIN VON STORCKSBURG, Jakob (1709-1785). An Account of the New Northern Archipelago Lately Discovered by the Russians in the Seas of Kamtschatka and Anadir. Translated by C. Heydinger, edited by Matthew Maty. London: Printed for C. Heydinger, 1774.

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    STAEHLIN VON STORCKSBURG, Jakob (1709-1785). An Account of the New Northern Archipelago Lately Discovered by the Russians in the Seas of Kamtschatka and Anadir. Translated by C. Heydinger, edited by Matthew Maty. London: Printed for C. Heydinger, 1774.

    8o (193 x 119 mm). Half-title, 2pp. list of subscribers, 2pp. publisher's advertisements at end. Engraved folding map by Thomas Kitchin (hand-colored in outline), engraved title-vignette. 19th-century red half morocco, marbled boards (rubbing to edges).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. "An important work in the history of the northwest coast exploration, which deals largely with the [Aleutian Islands and the] islands of the Bering Sea, discovered by the Promyschleniki Commercial Company on their trading voyages [of 1765-1767] beyond Kamchatka. The work gives information on the people and wildlife of these islands. The map depicts Alaska as an island and shows routes taken by various Russian expeditions" (Hill). The Account takes up pp.1-40, and is then followed by A narrative of the singular adventures of Four Russian Sailors, who were cast away on the desert Island of East-Spitzbergen [i.e.Edge Island]... By Mr.P.L.Leroy... Translated from the German Original (pp.[41]-118). Arctic Bibliography 16667; Hill 1624; Howes S-863; Sabin 90063.


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