2 Russian edit. Zimmermann's account of Cook's third voyage 106


Description: Extremely rare 1788 Russian edition of Zimmermann's account of Cook's third voyage

Posliednee puteshestvie okolo svieta Kapitana Kuka s obstoiatel'stvami o ego zhizni i smerti …

St Petersburg, P.B. [= Peter Bogdanovich], 1788. 8vo. Contemporary sprinkled calf, decorated endpapers block-printed in red and green paste. [4], 211, [1 blank] pp.

Extremely rare second Russian edition, revised and augmented, of Heinrich Zimmermann's valuable account of Cook's third and final voyage, with a description of Cook's death at Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii. Zimmermann's account is followed by articles on Tahiti, a life of James Cook, and an essay on America in general, abridged from the Akademicheskiia izviestiia for 1781 and not included in the first Russian edition of 1786. Though Cook famously discovered Hawaii during his third voyage, Russian interest centred on his explorations of the American Northwest coast, where Russian fur traders had tried to establish permanent posts since the 1770's. Indeed, the first permanent Russian settlement was established only four years prior to the present publication.
Zimmermann's account was first published in Germany in 1781; it was the earliest account of Cook's final voyage to appear on the continent. Heinrich Zimmerman served as coxswain aboard Cook's Discovery. His account is by no means free from errors, but it has an "ingenuousness and charm which differentiates it from the other accounts. His appreciation of Cook's character deserves to rank with that of Samwell" (Holmes). The part on Hawaii describes the Hawaiians and their culture, but concentrates on Cook's death. According to Zimmermann, the Captain was stabbed from behind with an iron dagger, a gift from Cook, after which he fell dead to the ground.
Foot of title-page with owner's entry (in Russian), back of title-page with stamp of the Russian book collector Â.À. Êðûëîâà, (Vsevolod Alexandrovich Krylov (1904-1986)), last page and flyleaf with owner's stamps. Inner front hinge cracked, some smudges, binding chafed, spine damaged at head and foot, some wormholes. Overall a very good copy of an extremely rare Russian edition of Zimmerman's account.
Beddie 1570; Forbes 154; Howes 11435; Strathern, Navigations 631 (vii); cf. Holmes 40 (first German ed.); Kroepelien (1st and 3rd Russian eds).
  • Number: 1060277 (G36G2K6MZA5O)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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