Coxe, William (1748-1828)
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. London : J. Nichols, 1780. First edition. Quarto, full polished calf (a couple of scuffs to the boards), spine extensively decorated in gilt, contrasting morocco title label, expertly rebacked, folding frontispiece map of the Russian Empire by Thomas Kitchin, pp xxii, 344, [14, index]; folding engraved maps and plates; a couple of tiny wormholes to the extreme margins, far from the text; a fine, clean copy.
William Coxe was an English historian and clergyman who travelled widely through Europe tutoring members of the European nobility. In St. Petersburg he conducted extensive research into Russian exploration in the Pacific. The present work contains accounts of the voyages of Nevodsikoff, Serebranikoff, Trapesnikoff, Tolstyk, Kulkoff, Korovin, Glotoff, Solovioff, Levasheff, and others. It focuses on exploration and trade in Kamchatka and the Aleutian Islands. Other parts of the book survey Russian exploration into Siberia and contact with China, and, significantly, explorations in Alaska.
“This work includes the main Russian discoveries and explorations made in northwestern America in their attempts to open communications with Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.” (Hill)