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    First Edition in English of the Official Account of the First Russian Expedition to Circumnavigate the Globe

    A[dam] J[ohann] von Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern). Voyage round the World, in the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, & 1806, 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, of the Imperial Navy. In Two Volumes. Translated from the original German by Richard Belgrave Hoppner, Esq. London: Printed by C. Roworth [Volume II Printed by T. Davison], for John Murray, Bookseller to the Admiralty and the Board of Longitude, 1813. First edition in English (first published in Russian, in three volumes plus folio atlas, at St. Petersburg, 1809-1813; the English edition was translated from the first German edition, also in three volumes plus folio atlas, published at St. Petersburg, 1810-1814, with title Reise um die Welt in den Jahren 1803, 1804, 1805 und 1806). Two large quarto volumes in one (10.625 x 8.5 inches; 270 x 215 mm.). xxxii, [4, "Contents to Vol. I"], 314; [2, title (verso blank)], [7, "Contents to Vol. II"], [1, blank], 404 pages. Two hand-colored aquatint frontispieces ("Native of Nukahiwa" in Volume I and "View of Nangasaki" in Volume II, both "Drawn and Etched by J. A. Atkinson"), and folding engraved map by Neele ("Chart of The Northwest Part of the Great Ocean, Drawn By D. F. Sotzmann 1811, Reduced from Captn. Krusenstern's Original Chart") facing page [1] in Volume I.
    Contemporary polished calf with covers decoratively bordered in blind within a gilt double fillet. Spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, with five raised bands and black leather label ruled and lettered in gilt. Gilt stamp of William Douglas (1768-1818) in the top compartment (Stamp 1, "Crest: A dexter hand issuing from a cloud and holding a sword erect, Monogram: W D," see University of Toronto Libraries, British Armorial Bindings, at Board edges decoratively tooled in gilt; turn-ins decoratively tooled in blind; marbled edges and endpapers. Cream-colored silk ribbon bookmark between pages 86 and 87 in Volume I, with slight offsetting in gutter margin. Armorial bookplate of William Douglas on front pastedown ("E libris Gulielmi Douglas," with motto: "Deus Nobiscum").
    Binding rubbed, with a few scratch and scuff marks and small areas of surface loss on covers; front board, front free endpaper, front flyleaf, frontispiece, title, and leaf a2 (pages [iii]-iv of the "Translator's Preface") in Volume I detached; spine leather cracked and chipping, with loss at head and tail; rear joint cracking; outer corners neatly renewed; lower corner of rear board repaired with heavy card stock. Free endpapers browned at the edges from turn-ins. Some mostly marginal foxing and spotting; a few small stains and smudges; offsetting from frontispieces to titles and faintly from titles to frontispieces. Folding map with slight offsetting and with short tear from lower edge into image at fold; short curved tear to outer margin of HH4 (pages 239/240) in Volume I; small portion of lower blank corner of P4 (pages 111/112) in Volume II torn away. A few corners folded down before trimming; a few upper corners creased and soiled; a few leaves with horizontal creases across the upper or lower blank margin. A very good copy, slightly larger than the Streeter copy (which measured 266 x 212 mm.).
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    "Captain Kruzenshtern [or 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.' Kruzenshtern was troubled by Russian dependence on England for naval personnel and training; he proposed this voyage as a means of forming a Russian-trained navy in the course of obtaining furs and trading them for Chinese goods. 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. Kruzenshtern also took the first Russian embassy of Nikolai Rezanov to Japan; while not successful in establishing diplomatic or trading relations with Japan, the published knowledge of the Japanese was increased very much thereby" (Hill).


    Krusenstern sailed "from Kronstadt round Cape Horn to Kamchatka, Kurile Islands, Sakhalin, Japan, China, and via Cape of Good Hope to St. Petersburg...The voyage included three sojourns, totalling more than three months, at Petropavlovsk in Kamchatka in the summer of 1804, and summer and fall, 1805" (Arctic Bibliography).


    "Krusenstern, on the Nadeshda, did not touch the North American coast, but Lisiansky, commander of the Neva, left the Nadeshda at the Sandwich Islands and visited Alaska, and Langsdorff, the naturalist, who left the expedition at Kamchatka and went with Rezanov to Alaska and California, both wrote important accounts of Alaska" (Streeter).


    This edition lacks the sections on natural history contained in Volume III of the Russian and German editions, and the Chuckchi vocabulary, etc. in Volume III of the Russian edition, as well as the Atlas. The map shows the routes of the expedition in the western Pacific.


    According to the North American Review (XXV, 1), "Capt. Krusenstern complained of the great number of defects in this English translation of his voyage, arising from the want of nautical information in the translator; hardly a single scientific or technical term has been properly translated, so that in some cases, the author's meaning can hardly be guessed at" (quoted in Sabin and Streeter).


    Abbey, Travel, 1; Arctic Bibliography 9381; Borba de Moraes I, page 441; Cordier, Japonica, column 459; Forbes 443. Graff 2358; Hill 952; Kroepelien 693; Howes K272; Judd 97; Sabin 38331; Smith 2078; Streeter VI, 3505; Wickersham 6234. See also Forbes 401 and 407 and Lada-Mocarski 61 and 62 (describing the Russian and German editions).

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