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    An Extensive Account of Langsdorff's
    Visit to San Francisco

    G.H. Von Langsdorff. Voyages and Travels in Various Parts of the World during the Years 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, and 1807 [- Part II. Containing the Voyage to the Aleutian Islands and North-West Coast of America, and Return by Land over the North-East Parts of Asia, through Siberia, to Petersburgh]. London: Printed for Henry Colburn, 1813 - 1814. First English edition. Two volumes in one quarto. xxi, [3], 362, [6, index]; [8], 386, [6, index] pages. First volume with frontispiece portrait of the author, second volume frontispiece view of a Russian settlement, nineteen engraved plates (including two plates of music), and one folding map. Later half red morocco over patterned cloth covered boards with gilt ruled covers, five raised spine bands with gilt titles and rules in compartments, upper edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Boards rubbed and scuffed, corners bumped; holograph pencil bookseller annotations on verso of front free fly leaf, small pencil check marks by each entry on both volumes' "Explanation of the Plates" pages, small hole in image area of second frontispiece, image offset from maps and plates, foxing and some browning, creases, light edge wear, corner bends, occasional soiling or stains; nonetheless in very good condition.
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    First English translation of Langsdorff's Bernerkungen auf einer reise um die welt. (1812).

    "Langsdorff was a German physician with a passion for natural history. Together with Nikolai Petrovich Rezanov, chamberlain of Czar Alexander I and Russian ambassador to Japan, Langsdorff accompanied the round-the-world expedition led by Kruzenshtern until it reached Kamchatka in 1805. The first volume of this work contains an account of that famous Russian expedition in the Nadezhda and the Neva. At Kamchatka, Rezanov and Langsdorff left the expedition and proceeded to the Aleutian Islands and to Alaska, to study the Russian-American Company for the Czar. The following year Rezanova, with Langsdorff and Davydov, sailed from Sitka to San Francisco to obtain food supplies for the Russian colony. Langsdorff relates his travels along the north-west coast and his journey back across Siberia to St. Petersburgh. Nearly seventy pages are devoted to the extensive visit by Rezanov to San Francisco and the surrounding country in 1806." - [Hill, 968].

    "His [Langsdorff's] work contains a fuller account of Sitka, the Settlement of San Francisco, etc., than any other." - [Sabin, 38896].


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