CHORIS, Louis. Voyage pittoresque autour du monde, avec des portraits de sauvages d'Amérique, d'Asie, d'Afrique, et des iles du Grand Ocean... accompagné de descriptions par M. le Baron Cuvier, et M.A. de Chamisso, et d'observations sur les crânes humains, par M. le docteur Gall. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1822.
2o. Lithographed portrait of Comte N. de Romanoff, 104 hand-colored lithographed plates by Choris, engraved folding map and one plate with 2 plans (lacks portrait of Choris, lower right corner of title torn away affecting imprint, leaf of dedication loose, two text leaves with library stamps, minor darkening and a few plates repaired along gutter margin some with light marginal dampstaining, a few short tears and tiny holes to text and plates, folding map torn and repaired). Contemporary calf, elaborately decorated in blind and gilt (portions of spine chipped away).
"One of the most beautiful books of travel in existence." (Hill). This Russian voyage, on board the Rurik 1815-18, was commanded by Kotzebue, accompanied by Choris as artist and financed by Count Romanoff (portrait frontispiece). "The purpose of the voyage was to search for the supposed Northwest Passage. After visiting islands in the South Seas, Kotzebue explored the North American coast and landed twice on the Hawaiian islands. The work has great American interest because of its lithographs and its account of California, the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Aleutians, St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, and Kotzebue Sound in Alaska. The lithographs are of all aspects of native life and culture" (Hill). Hill 1:51-2; Sabin 12883.