STELLER, GEORG WILHELM. 1709-1746.
Beschreibung von dem Lande Kamtschatka, dessen Einwohnern, deren Sitten, Nahmen, Lebensart und verschiedene Gewohnheiten. Frankfurt and Leipzig: J.G. Fleischer, 1774.
8vo (197 x 114 mm). , 384, 71,  pp. Engraved vignette on title, head and tail pieces. 13 engraved folding plates on 12 sheets, 2 engraved folding maps. 19th-century quarter calf, marbled boards. Light spotting to title and in a few spots throughout, otherwise internally fine.
Provenance: Joseph von Lassberg ("Villae Epponis ad Bibliotecam Lassberg"); F.F. Bibliothek Donaueschingen (inkstamp to verso of title).
FIRST EDITION OF A PIONEERING WORK OF ALASKAN EXPLORATION. Steller became the first scientist (and the first European) to set foot on Alaskan soil when, accompanying Bering's Second Kamchatka Expedition, his ship lost its course in a storm and made landfall at Kayak Island. Steller wrote of the natural history, climate, native languages, and music of Kamchatka and the Alaskan coast. Howes S934; Lada-Mocarski 21.