STAEHLIN, Jakob von (1709-1785); and P. L. LE ROY.
An Account of the New Northern Archipelago, Lately Discovered by the Russians in the Seas of Kamtschatka and Anadir
London: Printed for C. Heydinger, 1774. 8vo. (8 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches). xx, 118, ii pp., plus hand-coloured engraved map, by Kitchen. Half-title, publisher's ad leaf in the rear. Ornamental headpieces.
Contemporary half marbled calf and marbled paper covered boards, flat spine ruled in gilt, morocco lettering piece
First edition in English of "an important work in the history of the northwest coast exploration" (Hill).
"The author was Secretary to the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg and a member of the Royal Society of London. In the present work he attempted to present the gradual progress of the new Russian discoveries of islands in the North Pacific, including the Aleutian Islands, Kodiak and Unalashka islands, and a number of others. Staehlin states that his compilation is based on the original reports of Russian traders who, under a convoy from the Admiralty ... spent 1764-67 exploring the North Pacific area, discovering new islands and confirming previous discoveries" (Lada-Mocarski).
This first edition in English appeared the same year as the first edition, published in German in Stuttgart, and is much desired as it additionally contains a narrative of four Russian sailors shipwrecked on East-Spitzbergen. This additional narrative, authored by P. Le Roy and with its own title, was previously published in St. Petersburg, but appears here in English for the first time.
"An important work in the history of the northwest coast exploration. The work gives information on the people and wildlife of these islands" (Hill).
Arctic Bibliography 16667; Hill 1624; Lada-Mocarski 20 (German edition).