KOTZEBUE, OTTO VON. 17871846.
A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beerings Straits, for the Purpose of Exploring a North-East Passage ... in ... 1815-1818. London: Longman, et al, 1821. 3 volumes. [iii]-xv, 358; , 433; 412 pp. 9 aquatint plates (8 hand-colored), 7 maps and charts (4 folding). 8vo. Period half calf. Light staining to frontispieces, offsetting from text on few other plates, vol 1 front free endpaper detached, joints and corners rubbed.
First edition in English of Kotzebue's first voyage and "one of the great early nineteenth-century voyages of discovery" (Graff). "Kotzebue details the second Russian circumnavigation, and this English edition includes plates and maps not in the first Russian edition of 1821-1823. The expedition in the ship Rurick commanded by von Kotzebue, and sponsored by Count Romanzoff, sailed to Brazil, stopping at Rio de Janeiro, then went by way of Cape Horn to Chile, Tahiti, Pitcairn, and Radack, to Kamtchatka. The return was made via New Archangel, California, Hawaii, Marianas, Philippines, and St. Helena. Excellent charts were completed of the North Pacific coasts of Asia and America, the Aleutians, Pribilofs, St. Lawrence Island, and the Bering Strait where Kotzebue Sound was discovered" (Streeter sale). Abbey Travel 596; Arctic Bibliography 9195; Forbes 528; Hill 944; Howes K-258; Lada-Mocarski 80; Sabin 38291; Streeter sale VI:3512.