See All Items InAmericana & Travel
Cartography and Maps
Travels & Voyages (Non-North American)
See More Items ByMartin Sauer
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 ISLANDS IN THE EASTERN OCEAN, STRETCHING TO THE AMERICAN COAST. PERFORMED...BY COMMODORE JOSEPH BILLINGS, IN THE YEARS 1785, &c. TO 1794.
London: A. Strahan for T. Cadell, jun. & W. Davies, 1802. xxvi,,332,58pp. plus errata leaf, folding engraved map by Aaron Arrowsmith, and fourteen etched and engraved plates. Quarto. Half title. Original paper boards, sympathetically rebacked with original cloth laid down, gilt leather labels. Boards scuffed, edges and corners worn. Light tanning and an occasional foxing, contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage. A very good copy. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM54214
A clean, untrimmed copy in original boards of this important northern voyage. "My object has been to travel with my eyes open, and to relate what I have seen in the simple language of truth" - Preface (p. xiv). Sauer, an Englishman who served on the expedition as "private secretary and translator," provides a largely firsthand account of the expedition under Joseph Billings undertaken between 1785 and 1794 to map and describe the farthest eastern reaches of the Russian empire, from Kamchatka in the southwest, eastwards through the Aleutians, then north to the Bering Strait and the coast of Alaska. The work includes a detailed description of the voyage and of the natives encountered and their customs - including vocabularies of the Yukagir, Yakut, Tungoose, Kamchatka, Aleutian, and Kodiak languages. "This is the first account in English of the first major exploring expedition sent out by the Russians to the Frozen Ocean and the north Pacific after Bering's second expedition of 1741" - Streeter. The large chart was made by Aaron Arrowsmith from Sauer's notes and Capt. Billings' astronomical observations, and offers the most accurate map to date of the region. This map is ably complemented by William Alexander's spectacular plates showing the peoples, settlements, and topography of the region. HILL 1528. HOWES S117, "aa." LADA-MOCARSKI 58. PHILLIPS, ALASKA MAPS, p.23. SABIN 77152. STREETER SALE 3499. WICKERSHAM 6134. EBERSTADT 119:19.