Voyage de M. Golovnin, Capitaine de Vaisseau de la Marine Imperiale de Russe, contenant le récit de sa captivité chez les japons, pendant les années 1811, 1812 et 1813, et ses observations sur l'empire du Japon, ... Traduit sur la version allemande; par J.-B.-B. Eyriès. Two volumes. Paris, Gide Fils, 1818.
Pp. (iv), vi, adv. iv, pp. 5- 396; (iv), 452. With one engraved frontispiece and one engraved folding map of the Kurils. Uncut copy, as issued in original sprinkled wrappers, paper labels on spines. Scarce French edition, originally published in Russian in 1815-6, and later translated into Dutch, German, French and English. Vasilij Mikhaylovich Golovnin (1776-1831) was a Russian naval officer and a member of the Russian Imperial Academy of Science. He was commissioned by the Russian government to survey the coasts of Kamchatka and the Kuril islands. In 1811 while attempting to chart the strait between Etorofu and Hokkaido he was captured by the Japanese and imprisoned for two years in Matsumae on the island of Hokkaido. His famous work about his captivity in Japan contains an honest and accurate description of Japan and its people during a time when the country was closed to foreigners (except for the Dutch traders at Deshima in Nagasaki). Includes Captain Ricord's account of his travels to the coasts of Japan in 1812-3. Chadenat 3761. Cordier BJ 464-5. Howgego G15. Nipponalia 1909.
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Keywords: Japan, japan, japon, japanese, asia, asien, asie, asiatic, travel, exploration,