…by order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the first on board the Ships Nadeshda and Neva under the command of Captain A.J.von Krusenstern….
First English Edition.
London Printed by C. Roworth.for John Murray, 1813, two vols in one, 4to, Publisher’s boards, later paper spine and label, with 2 hand-coloured, aquatint frontispieces and a folding engraved chart.
Krusenstern (1770-1846), “appointed to command the first Russian round-the-world expedition, had serving with him a brilliant corps of officers, including Lisiansky, Langsdorff, and Kotzebue. The expedition was to attempt to ‘open relations with Nippon and the Sandwich Islands, to facilitate trade in South America, to examine California for a possible colony, and make a thorough study and report of the Northwest coast, its trade and its future.’.The importance of this work is due to its being the official account of the first Russian expedition to circumnavigate the globe, and the discoveries and rectifications of charts that were made, especially in the North Pacific and on the northwest coast of America.The introduction is particularly important and interesting because of the information it contains respecting the state of Russian commerce during the eighteenth century, the Russian voyages and discoveries in the Northern Ocean, and the Russian fur trade” (Hill). A Russian edition was published in 1809-1814 and a German edition (from which this English edition was translated) in 1810-1814.
Abbey, Travel, 1. Arctic Bibliography 9377. Borba de Moraes pp. 374-5. Hill pp. 167-8. Howes K271. Sabin 38331. HBS 67660.