A Voyage Round the World, in the Years 1803, 4, 5, & 6; Performed, by order of His Imperial Majesty Alexander the First, Emperor of Russia, in the Ship Neva, by Urey Lisiansky, Captain in the Russian Navy, and Knight of the Order of St. George and St. Vladimir
Scarce account of this important Russian circumnavigation, with significant details on early Alaska. Hill notes the work as "Originally published in Russian in St. Petersburg, 1812... Lisiankskii, deputy commander of Kruzenshtern's expedition around the world, received word of the massacre at Sitka upon reaching Kodiak in 1804.
The Kolosh Indians had attacked the settlement of the Russian-American Company and slaughtered almost the entire garrison. Lisianskii laid siege to the Kolosh stronghold and ultimately drove the Indians into the back country. Lisianskii, commanding the Neva, followed a different route from Kuzenshtern, in the Nadezhda, the two ships separating at the Hawaiian Islands.
He called at Easter Island and the Marquesas, the Hawaiian Islands, the Islands of Kodiak and Unalaska, the Bay of Kenai, and Sitka Sound." Lada-Mocarski describes it as "a very important and rare work on the history of Alaska in general and Sitka in particular." Forbes notes that "The Neva arrived at Hawaii June 8 and departed June 20, 1804, and Lisianskii's account is brief but includes visits to Kealakekua Bay and to Waimea, Kauai."
In addition to the important text, the illustrations are significant, with a hand-colored aquatint plate from drawings by the author, "Harbour of St. Paul in the Island of Cadiack" with a three-masted ship and several kayaks in the bay before the settlement; the view "Harbour of New Archangel in Sitca or Norfolk Sound," is not present. The maps include a folding chart of the world as well as detailed charts of the coastlines and islands off Alaska.
Published originally in Russian as Puteshestvie vokrug sveta, St. Petersburg, 1812; English translation by the author.
With 8 copper-engraved maps, hand-colored (3 folding); 3 copper-engraved plates of artifacts, etc.; 2 hand-colored aquatint plates of views; stipple-engraved frontispiece portrait.
(4to) 27.5x21 cm. xxi, , 388 pp.
Forbes 443; Graff 2506; Hill Pacific Voyages 1026; Howes L372; Lada-Mocarski 68; Streeter 3507; Wickersham 6261.
Lisiansky, Urey. A Voyage Round the World. London : Printed for John Booth ; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown. 1814.
Lisiansky, Urey (1814) A Voyage Round the World. London : Printed for John Booth ; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown.
Lisiansky, Urey, A Voyage Round the World. London : Printed for John Booth ; and Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown. 1814.