A Voyage of Discovery, into the South Sea and Beering's Straits, for the Purpose of Exploring a North-East Passage
Undertaken in the Years 1815–1818, at the Expense of His Highness the Chancellor of the Empire, Count Romanzoff, in the Ship Rurick
An admirer of Captain Cook, Otto von Kotzebue (1787–1846) was a leading navigator, in Russian service, circumnavigating the globe three times. His 1815 expedition set out to find a passage through the Arctic, study the coastlines of Kamchatka and Alaska, and explore the Pacific. Among the personnel were the naturalist Chamisso and the artist Choris, who both contributed valuable information to the published account, while Eschscholtz, a physician, collected zoological specimens. Originally published in 1821 in Russian and German, this English translation, presented with many plates and charts, appeared the same year and formed part of Darwin's library aboard the Beagle. Volume 2 contains the concluding part of the journal, together with contributions by the other members of the expedition. Chamisso's chapters on the Pacific languages are still of interest today, with his glossaries including words not given in any other contemporary sources.
Journal of the voyage, continued: 11. From the Sandwich Islands to the newly discovered Radack Chain; 12. From Radack to the St Lawrence Islands; 13. From St Lawrence Islands to Radack and Guahon; 14. From Guahon to St Helena; 15. From St Helena to Revel; Analysis of the islands discovered by Rurick in the Great Ocean I. F. Krusenstern; On the diseases of the crew, during the three years' voyage, by the physician of the ship J. F. Eschscholtz; Remarks and opinions of the naturalist of the expedition, Adelbert von Chamisso: Preface Adelbert von Chamisso; View of the Great Ocean, its islands, and its coasts; The Tagalese alphabet; Vocabulary of the dialects of Chamori (Mariana Islands), and of Eap, Ulea, and Radack; Songs of Radack.
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