KRUZENSHTERN, Ivan Federovich (1770-1846). Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, by order of his Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, on board the Ships Nadezhda and Neva, under the command of Captain A.J. von Krusentern. Translated from the German by Richard Belgrave Hoppner. London: Printed by T. Davison for John Murray, 1813. Directions to the Binder slip. 2 volumes bound in one, 4to (280 x 212 mm). 2 hand-colored aquatint frontispieces and one engraved folding map. (Small dampstaining in upper margins of preliminaries and occasional elsewhere.) Contemporary russia, gilt- and blind-decorated (rehinged).
First English edition of the first Russian circumnavigation, which lasted just over three years. It was to prove of major importance for Russian knowledge of Japan, the Hawaiian Islands, South American and the northwest American coast. It further marked the beginning of Russian expansion in the Pacific, particularly in fur-trading. Kruzenshtern had a strong corps of officers, including Lisiansky, Langsdorff and Kotzebue, all of whom were later to conduct other important expeditions. Abbey Travel, 1; Cordier 459; Hill, p.167. Kroepelien 693.