The rare special issue on thick paper with extra colouring. Only 88 subscriptions (out of 587 in total) were received for this issue and it is rarely offered for sale. A voyage narrative famous for its descriptions of Alaska (‘rich in early original source material’, Lada-Mocarski), California (particularly San Francisco and the surrounding missions), Hawai’i, and Micronesia. Kotzebue comments extensively on Hawai’i, and the narrative includes the famous portrait by Louis Choris of King Kamehameha I in his red vest.
First edition. 3 vols in 2, 4to, [vi], xviii, [vi], 168; 176; 241pp. One of only 88 copies on thick wove paper with extra colouring. 7 engraved maps and charts (6 folding), 7 hand-coloured aquatint plates (3 folding), one monochrome plate and 11 hand-coloured butterfly plates, contemporary(?) purple cloth gilt, slightly rubbed and faded, modern morocco-backed book-form box.[Forbes I, 525; Hill 943; Lada-Mocarski 80; Sabin 38284.]