London: Printed for T. Jefferys, 1761. viii,xliii,76pp. plus four engraved maps, of which two are folding and outlined in contemporary colors. Quarto. Modern half red morocco and cloth, spine gilt lettered. First folding map with neat, unobtrusive repairs along two folds, second folding map with some light offsetting and small separation along one fold from gutter margin. Very good. Item #WRCAM54644
The first English edition, with maps by Thomas Jefferys, of Müller's indispensable account of the Bering expeditions and of the Russian discoveries in the region, and originally published in 1758 as NACHRICHTEN VON SEEREISEN....The work contains accounts of both expeditions of Vitus Bering, as well as a significant description of Spangenberg's exploration of Kamchatka and Japan in 1739. This work represents the best geographical knowledge of the time. "The map of the Russian discoveries, though a close copy of the Müller map of 1754 and 1758, has a few additions" - Streeter.
"This important book is indispensable for the history of discovery and explorations in the northern Pacific.... It represents the most extensive account in English of Bering's polar expedition and of the discovery of the Bering Strait and the western limits of North America" - Hill. HILL 1199. HOWES M875, "b." LADA-MOCARSKI 17. SABIN 51285. STREETER SALE 3458. TOURVILLE 3235. WICKERSHAM 6332.