Paris: de L'Imprimerie Royale, 1790.
First edition, with half-titles. With woodcut printer's device on title, large folding map of Kamtschatka and a large folding engraving by Choffard, "caravane Kamtschadale arrivant dans un Ostrog ou Village", depicting a caravan on dog sleds arriving at a village, dated 1790; printer's device, and a large folding map of Siberia in Volume Two. (6), vii, (1), 280; (4), 380, vi, (2, erratum) pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Bound in quarter antique black morocco and marbled boards, uncut. Handsome copy, text and plates clean and crisp. Sabin 40208; Howes L270 ("aa"); Pilling 2277; Hill 1010; Chadenat, 1152; Cox I, p. 353; Tourville 151; Kroepelien 723; Nerwood, To Russia and Return 118 (citing First edition in English, 1790). Item #218016
A vivid account of Lesseps' journey across Russia that contains much valuable information on the Koriaks, Lamuts, and Tungus, in addition to engaging descriptions of 18th-century Russian life and landscape.
"Part way through his voyage La Perouse sent Baron de Lesseps overland from Petropavlosk to Europe, with letters and journals of the expedition. His journey was a very difficult one, as he was faced with primitive roads, enormous distance. a hazardous cliamte, and the perils of a half-civilized and badly policed empire; but he succeeded, and to him we owe the survival of many of the most important documents of the expedition" (Hill).
Lesseps' father was the French ambassador to both Hamburg and St. Petersburg. His fluency in Russian saw him appointed translator on La Perouse's expedition to the Pacific. "On the arrival of the expedition at Petropavlosk (in Kamchatka) in September 1787, Lesseps was sent overland across Russia with the reports and charts of the expedition to that date. He travelled to Bolsheretsk, Okhotsk and Yakutsk, before following the Rivern Lena to Kirensk. His boat was wrecked on the river and so he was forced to travel on horseback to Irkutsk. He reached St Petersburg on September 1788 and Versailles in October.
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