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Voyage en Siberie, fait . en 1761

CHAPPE D'AUTEROCHE, Jean-Baptiste (1728-1769) and Stepan Petrovich KRASHENINNIKOV (1713-1755). Voyage en Siberie, fait . en 1761.

Published by Paris: Debure [imprimerie de Didot], 1768., 1768
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2 text volumes in 3 and an atlas volume. Text volumes: 4to., (13 x 9 6/8 inches); half-titles, vignette title-page to volume one; engraved frontispiece by J.B. Tilliard after J.B. le Prince, engraved table, 4 double-page engraved plates in volume one, 3 full-page plans, 6 full-page scientific plates, 43 full-page views by J.P. le Bas, Tilliard, A. de St Aubin, C. Baquoy, et al. after le Prince, C. de Fecamp, and J.M. Moreau, one engraved vignette at the beginning of volume one, woodcut head- and tail-pieces throughout (a bit browned with some mostly marginal spotting throughout, piece torn from bottom margin of II:4K3 and III:H3); contemporary red morocco, gilt fillet border a la Du Seuil on covers with fleuron at each corner, gilt spine compartments directly lettered and with repeated knot tool, gilt turn-ins and edges, spot-marbled endpapers (neat restoration to spines, joints cracked but cords firm, covers darkened at edges). Atlas volume: Folio (23 4/8 x 18 4/8 inches); engraved title-page frontispiece by Tilliard after le Prince, 8 double-page and occasionally folding maps, including many with panoramic profiles beneath, 15 full-page plates of maps, including many which are two separate maps on two sheets joined, for a total 30 engraved maps and plans, including 5 with original hand-colour in outline; contemporary blue boards (rebacked, new vellum corner tips and rear endpaper). Provenance: with the 19th-century engraved armorial bookplate of the Earls of Derby, probably acquired by Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby KG, PC, FRS (1826 -1893), known as Lord Stanley from 1844 to 1869, British statesman, on the front paste-downs of the text volumes; and the modern bookplate of Paul Tibbe on the front paste-down of the atlas volume. First edition, and LARGE PAPER COPY of Chappe d'Auteroche's illustrated account of Siberia. The French priest and astronomer travelled to Siberia in 1761 to observe the transit of Venus. His account of the trip, given in volume I, describes the meteorology, climate, fauna, minerals, and -- somewhat controversially -- the society of the region. Volume II contains his translation of Stepan Petrovich Krasheninnikov's "Opisanie zemli Kamchatki" (St Petersburg: 1755), an important work largely relating to the North-West coast of America. Chapter 10 of the second part, 'De l'Amerique', is based on the notes of Steller, and forms one of the earliest printed narratives about Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. The engraving of 'Baidare ou Canot Americain' is a notable early depiction of a native North American. From the distinguished library of the Earls of Derby, probably acquired by Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby, a British statesman who served as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs twice, from 1866 to 1868 and from 1874 to 1878, and is the only man to serve in the cabinets of both Disraeli and Gladstone. His interest in Russia was political, and his support of Russian during the battles of what is now known as the Eastern Crisis of 1876-1878 have led to criticism of his foreign policy (see "Conservatism and British Foreign Policy, 1820-1920: The Derbys and Their World" by Geoffrey Hicks, 2011). BM(NH) I, p. 336; Brunet I, 1798; Cox I, p. 352; Hill 277; Lada-Mocarski 12. Bookseller Inventory # 72lib1073

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Title: Voyage en Siberie, fait . en 1761

Publisher: Paris: Debure [imprimerie de Didot], 1768.

Publication Date: 1768

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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