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Lot 64

One of Sixty Large Paper Copies

64. 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. The Fourth Edition, Considerably Enlarged. London: [J. Easton for] Cadell and Davies, 1804. xix [1], 380, [3] pp., 1 copper-engraved plate (view), 5 copper-engraved maps (2 folding). 4to, full contemporary tree calf, gilt rolled edges and boards, marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges (skillfully rebacked, new tree calf spine and gilt-lettered and decorated black morocco spine label, corners renewed). Light shelf wear, hinges open but holding. Maps and plates lightly foxed with offsetting to adjacent leaves (including title page), otherwise fine internally. A very good copy. Rare edition.

     Fourth edition, one of 60 large paper copies. Howes C834. Lada-Mocarski 29n. Phillips, Alaskan Maps, p. 34. Sabin 17309. Strathern 139(iv). Streeter Sale 3501. Not in Beddie, Holmes, or Hill. This is the definitive edition of Coxe’s work containing substantial additions, first presented here in English, over previous editions, including Russian voyages through 1791 and Shelekhov’s settlement in Kodiak. “In view of the above additions, one should consider the fourth edition of 1803 as the most desirable for the study of contemporary knowledge of Russian discoveries.... Esthetically, one is likely to prefer this large quarto paper edition to the octavo of 1803” (Lada-Mocarski). The text was considerably enlarged and rewritten for the fourth edition that appeared in 1803 in 8vo. The large-paper copies feature reset type, although the text, the plate, and the maps are the same as in the quarto, 1803, edition, with the exception of one added map by Arrowsmith, Chart of the Russian & English Discoveries in the North Pacific Ocean. ($3,000-6,000)

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