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Kotzebue, Otto Van "
Entdeckungs-reise in die Sud-See und nach der Berings-Strasse zur Erforschung einer nordustlichen Durchfahrt. Unternommen in den Jahren 1815, 1816, 1817 und 1818. auf dem Schiffe Kurick."
Weimar, Gebrudern Hoffmann, 1821.3 volumes in 1. 4to. Contemporary half calf, spine richly gilt. With 2 folding letterpress tables, 6 engraved maps (5 folding), 20 aquatint plates (19 finely coloured by hand, 4 folding).First edition; this special edition includes the exceptionally coloured butterfly plates which were excluded from the English and Russian editions. - A celebrated narrative of the second Russian expedition into the Pacific for scientific exploration. Leaving Kronstadt in 1815, the Rurik rounded Cape Horn and visited Chili, Easter Island and the Marshall Islands. Kotzebue explored the North American coast and Hawaii and searched unsuccessfully for a passage to the Arctic Ocean. The description of the northwest coast of America is a most important contribution (Hill p.333). Early original source material on Alaska. The third volume is very important as it has considerable scientific data, comparative vocabulary of the native language, and other pertinent often unique, information (Lada-Mocarski, 289). Kotzebue describes the missions in California, and the work is considered one of the most important early accounts of that state. The Hawaiian portion is extensive and contains important observations on life and customs - A fantastic copy of one of the great Pacific exploratory voyages. Lada-Mocarski 80; Sabin Very fine condition; Forbes 551, Hill 943."
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