Russia bought two British ships renamed Nadezhda (which means Hope) and Neva. Krusenstern was the responsible of the expedition and the captain of the three masted Nadezhda.
The boats often separated. During the long months of imprisonment of the crew of the Nadezhda in Japan which was still rejecting any relation with foreigners, the Neva visited the Russian settlements in Alaska. This very first Russian circumnavigation had lasted three years, from 1803 to 1806.
Krusenstern then prepared the report of the voyage of the two boats in these regions, some of them unexplored before him. The German edition is published in St. Petersburg in three text volumes 25 x 21 cm from 1810 to 1812 and an atlas of 110 plates in folio format 60 x 45 cm in 1814. A complete copy including the highly rare early version of the atlas with Cyrillic captions in the maps is estimated $ 350K for sale by Christie's in New York on December 7, lot 94.