Pervoe Morskoe Puteshestvie Rossiian

Berkh, Vasilii Nikolaevich (1781-1835)

Pervoe Morskoe Puteshestvie Rossiian, predpriiatnoe dlia presheniia georgraficheskoi zadachi: soediniaetsia le Asiia c Amerikoiu? [The First Russian Sea Expedition, Undertaken to Solve a Geographical Problem: Does Asia Connect with America?]

St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Science 1823: 1823
  • $13,281
Octavo. (19.9 X 13 cm.) Original period half calf and marbled boards. Spine ruled in 6 compartments. Morocco label. Leather tips which are slightly worn. Missing front free endpaper. Half title. Folding chart and folding map at the end. Two old rubber stamps removed from the rear pastedown. A very attractive copy in a period Russian binding. Lada Mocarski 87; Howes B-377; Tourville 531 and Wickersham 6094. The rare first edition of this valuable first-hand accounts of Bering's highly important First Kamchatka Expedition, Russia's first scientific naval expedition, which confirmed that Asia and America are separate. RBH and ABPC record no copy having ever been offered at auction. Berkh based his book on the manuscript journals of two participants in Bering's expedition, Aleksei Chirikov and Peter Chaplin, which he had discovered accidentally in the archives of the Russian admiralty.
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