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(TRAVEL.) Kotzebue, Otto von. A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits. 7 maps, 9 plates (including 8 hand-colored aquatints). 3 volumes. 8vo, contemporary 1/2 calf, moderate wear, two boards detached, lacking spine labels; minor foxing and offsetting, lacking half-titles; 1825 inscription of Canton merchant John Perkins Cushing on third title page, with Cushing bookplates on front pastedowns. London: Longman, 1821
first edition in english. Kotzebue's 1815-18 voyage aboard the brig Ryurik explored the Bering Strait region in search of a passage through the Arctic Ocean. While the passage was not found, much of the northwest coast of Alaska was described for the first time. The work, first issued in German and Russian, is also of note for its descriptions of California and Hawaii. Abbey Travel 596; Arctic Bibliography 9195; Forbes 528; Hill 944; Howes K258 ("b"); Sabin 38291; Streeter sale VI:3512; TPL 1142; Zamorano Eighty 48n.
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