KOTZEBUE, Otto von (1787-1846). Entdeckungs-Reise in die Sud-See und nach der Berings-Strasse zur Erforschung einer nordostlichen Durchfahrt. Unternommen in den Jahren 1815, 1816, 1817, und 1818. Weimar: Gebruder Hoffmann, 1821.

$ 12,000.00

3 volumes. 4to., (10 3/8 x 8 2/8 inches) and (11 2/8 x 9 inches). 18-page subscribers list at end of volume III. 5 fine engraved folding maps, and one single page map, 3 hand-coloured aquatint frontispieces, 3 double-page hand-coloured aquatint plates, one folding and 12 full-page hand-coloured aquatint plates, including 11 of butterflies, one folding sepia aquatint plate, after Ludovik Choris, Eschscholtz and others, 2 folding letterpress tables (extensive spotting to text leaves). Original green cloth backed marbled paper boards to volume one, original brown paper backed grey paper boards to volumes II and III (extremities a bit worn, corners bumped).

Provenance: with the ownership inscription of Dahl dated 1849 on the verso of the front free endpaper of volume III.

First edition, mixed issue, volume one issue C (with one folding plate in sepia aquatint), volumes II and III, issue B, all plates with beautiful original hand-colour.

"This second Russian expedition into the Pacific for scientific exploration, sponsored by Count Romanzoff,... [departed] Kronstadt in 1815, the 'Rurik' rounded Cape Horn and visited Chile, Easter Island, and the Marshall Islands. Kotzebue explored the North American coast and Hawaii and searched unsuccessfully for a passage to the Arctic Ocean. The description of the northwest coast of America is a most important contribution. The second volume contains a description of California and the earliest scientific account of the Golden Poppy, California's state flower" (Hill) 943. Borba de Moraes I, 438; Brunet III:693; Forbes I, 525; Hill 943; Howes K-258; Kroepelien 670; Lada-Mocarski 80; Lipperheide La 7; Sabin 38284; Streeter sale VI:3511 Catalogued by Kate Hunter

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