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1785 Expedition to Alaska from Northern Russia - $2,500 (Vancouver, Canada)

condition: excellent
An Account of a Geographical and Astronomical Expedition to the Northern Parts of Russia, for ascertaining the degrees of latitude and longitude of the mouth of the River Kovima; of the whole coast of the Tshutski, to East Cape; and of the Aleutian islands in the Eastern Ocean, stretching to the American Coast.

Performed, By Command of Her Imperial Majesty Catherine the Second, Empress of all Russians, by Commodore Joseph Billings in the years 1785 to 1794. Narrated from the original papers by Martin Sager. Published by A. Strahan, London, 1802. US$2,500 + shipping

One of the most important Russian expeditions to Siberia and Alaska, with much material on the land and people, views of Kadiak, Aleutians, Kamchatka, etc. Captain Joseph Billings, who had sailed with James Cook on Cook's last voyage, became an officer in the Russian navy and was given command of this expedition by the Empress. He had, as his secretary, Martin Sauer, who was responsible for this, the fullest account of this important expedition. Visits were made to Kodiack, Montague Island, and Prince William Sound. Eventually a scarcity of provisions forced the return of the expedition to the mainland. The map, A Chart of the Strait between Asia and America, is by Arrowsmith. "Englishman serving in Catherine's navies sails and rides horseback along the north Russian coast, 1785-94. He provides a valuable description of the land and the natives by word and sketch".

First Edition Hardcover. 4to. 26.7cm , xxvi,[2],332 pages+ 58 pages., (appendix: vocabularies), with 14 engraved plates, large engraved folding map, contemporary boards, re-backed to period to match original spine, text and plates are otherwise relatively clean. With light foxing commensurate with aging. US2,500.00 plus shipping.

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