1780 COXE'S RUSSIAN DISCOVERIES BETWEEN ASIA AND AMERICA, WITH NOTES ON THE FUR TRADE, WITH FOLDING PLATE OF A CHINESE FRONTIER TOWN AND FOUR FOLDING MAPS
COXE, William. Account of the Russian Discoveries Between Asia and America. To Which are Added the Conquest of Siberia, and the History of the Transactions and Commerce between Russia and China. London: T. Cadell, 1780. Quarto, modern half brown calf, raised bands, burgundy morocco spine label. $5000.
Second edition (same year as the first edition), revised and corrected, of this key source on Siberia and the far northwest of America, with large folding map of the Russian Empire, three additional folding maps, and large engraved folding plate of a Chinese frontier town, handsomely bound.
Coxe's important Account includes the first appearance in English of a number of narratives relating to Russian America and to the early years of the fur trade. "Contains translations of Bering's voyages, with those of his predecessors and followers, to the Aleutian or Fox Islands, an account of their inhabitants and their language, observations on the fur trade, etc. Coxe made the suggestions which led the Russians to prosecute expeditions of discovery to the northern parts of Siberia" (Cox II:25). "Mr. Coxe's book contains many curious and important facts with respect to the various attempts of the Russians to open a communication to the New World" (Sabin 17309). Howes C834.
Small closed tear to folding map of the Russian Empire, faint pinpoint foxing to title page, interior otherwise generally bright and fine, binding handsome. A very nearly fine copy.