A narrative of the singular adventures of four Russian sailors, who were cast away on the desert island of East-Spitzbergen. Together with some observations on the productions of that island, &c.
by LE ROY, Pierre Louis (1699-1774).
London, 1744. In 1743, a group of 14 Russians sailed into the North Sea on a hunting expedition to the Svalbard Archipelago. When the bad weather hit, four men went ashore to reconnoiter the possibilities for shelter there. Meanwhile, the ship was lost, leaving the four to fend onshore. Six years passed before another ship happened by and the four sailors were rescued. They returned to some celebrity, and they were interviewed intensively by Pierre Le Roy, a French Huguenot academic resident in St. Petersburg. Their account was published in German at Riga and Mietau, 1760, and was translated into English by the publisher C. Heydinger "at the desire of several members of the Royal Society," as the title page tells us. The story, and the story of how the book came to be written, is the subject of "Four Against the Arctic" (2003) by David Roberts, and is covered in "Arctic Obsession" (2011) by Alexis S. Troubetzkoy.. 22 cm; -118 pages. Bound in recent half buckram over marbled boards, titled on spine. Marginal comments and underlines in contemporary hand. Blindstamp of the Library of the American Museum of Natural History on title page.
(Inventory #: 5895)
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