KOTZEBUE, Otto von (1787-1846). A Voyage of Discovery into the South Sea and Bering's Straits, for the Purpose of Exploring a North-east Passage, Undertaken in the Years 1815-1818. Translated from the German by H.E. Lloyd. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1821. 3 volumes, 8vo (215 x 234 mm). Half-titles in vols. 1 and 2. (Vol. 2 lacking pp. 435-440.) 8 hand-colored engraved plates, 1 line engraving and 7 maps and charts, some folding. (Some browning and dampstaining.) Modern quarter calf, marbled boards.
One of two English translations from 1821 after the German original of the same year. The work records the second Russian expedition into the Pacific for scientific exploration. "The description of the northwest coast of America is a most important contribution... [It] contains a description of California and the earliest scientific account of the Golden Poppy, California's State flower, as well as detailed information on the local Indians and the exploits of the missionaries. A very important and much prized work" (Hill). Abbey Travel 596; Hill, pp. 165. (3)