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First edition in English of the account of the first Russian voyage around the world and of particular importance relating to the North Pacific, Alaska and the Arctic regions.

KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von (1770-1846).

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 ... Translated from the original German by Richard Belgrave Hoppner, Esq. , London: Printed by C. Roworth ... for John Murray, 1813

"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).

First published in St. Petersburg between 1809-1814 (with an excessively rare atlas of plates), a German edition followed in 1811-1812, with the present first English edition based on that translation in 1813.

Bibliography
Abbey, Travel, 1; Arctic Bibliography 9381; Borba de Moraes I, page 441; Forbes 443; Graff 2358; Hill 952; Kroepelien 693; Howes K272; Judd 97; Sabin 38331; Smith 2078; Streeter sale VI, 3505; Wickersham 6234; cf. Lada-Mocarski 61 and 62.