22 May 2001
MÜLLER, Gerhard Friedrich (1705-1783). Voyages from Asia to America, for Completing the Discoveries of the North West Coast of America. To which is prefixed, a Summary of the Voyages made by the Russians on the Frozen Sea, in search of a North East Passage. Translated from the Dutch. Edited by Thomas Jefferys. London: Thomas Jefferys, 1764.
4o (252 x 190 mm). Two engraved folding maps by Thomas Jefferys colored in outline (reinforced at guards, one fold partly split) and two maps tipped to a4v and f2v. Early 20th-century half calf, marbled boards.
Second edition of Müller's account of Bering's discoveries during his second expedition. Müller, a professor at the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, was closely involved in the planning and analysis of Bering's polar expedition of 1741. While casting doubts on the existence of a North-West Passage, his book provides the first comprehensive account of Russian discoveries in the North Pacific, the single most detailed account of Bering's discovery of the strait named after him, and of the western limits of North America. The English editions, taken from the third volume of Müller's Semmlung Russische Geschichte (1758), add Jefferys' maps and 8 page preface. "This important book is becoming indispensable for the history of discovery and exploration in the Northwest Pacific" (Sabin). Hill, p.206; Howes M875; Sabin 51285; Tooley 339.
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