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KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - View of the Kuril Islands Raikoke and Onekotan and Sarychev Peak, near Kamchatka.

KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - View of the Kuril Islands Raikoke and Onekotan and Sarychev Peak, near Kamchatka.
View of the Kuril Islands Raikoke and Onekotan and Sarychev Peak, near Kamchatka. - KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W.
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Title : View of the Kuril Islands Raikoke and Onekotan and Sarychev Peak, near Kamchatka. .
Date : St. Petersburg, 1813-1814.
Size : 18.5 x 24.4 inches. / 47.0 x 62.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured

Description :An original view in imperial folio size, originating from the original first edition (Russian & German) of Krusenstern's atlas to his voyage around the world: Atlas k puteshestviuu vokrug sveta kapitana Kruzenshtema.
The view is plate 34 from the atlas and has the following captions: Ansichten der Kurillischen Inseln - Der Pik Sarytscheff auf der Insel Raukokke - Ansicht der Felsen - Das Kap Krenitzin auf der Insel Onekotan

The islands shown are known today as the Kuril Islands Raikoke and Onekotan. Raikoke (Russian: Райкоке, Japanese: 雷公計島), also spelled Raykoke, is an uninhabited volcanic island near the center of the Kuril Islands chain in the Sea of Okhotsk. Its name is derived from the Ainu language. Onekotan Island (Russian: Онекотан; Japanese 温禰古丹島; Onekotan-tō, occasionally Onnekotan-tō) is an uninhabited volcanic island located near the northern end of the Kuril Islands chain. Its name is derived from the Ainu word for "large village". The Sarychev Peak that is mentioned in the caption is a volcano, named after the Russian admiral Gavril Sarychev. Strangely enough, modern sources place it on Matua Island, not Raukoke Island. Perhaps Krusenstern mixed up his data when preparing his atlas.

Adam Ivan (or Johann) von Krusenstern led the famous first Russian circumnavigation between 1803 and 1806 . The voyage was one of the most important post-Cook Pacific voyages, specifically aimed at obtaining more knowledge about the North-Pacific region. The naturalist aboard the voyage was Wilhelm Gottfried Tilesius from Leipzig. He was responsible for making the drawings and paintings.
Krusenstern's account of the voyage was first published in Russian in St. Petersburg, and followed by German, French and English editions. In 1813-14 a huge two-volume folio atlas of the voyage was published in St. Petersburg, containing 104 maps and plates after drawings by Tilesius, with text in Russian and German.
This first edition of the atlas is extremely rare and one of the most sought after Pacificana collectibles today.
Reference: References for the entire atlas: Lada-Mocarski 62;. Sabin 38327; Arctic Bibliography 9377; Forbes Hawaii 401. Forbes writes about the atlas: "as beautiful as it is rare"
Condition : Very good condition, printed on thick paper, margins a little chipped.

ID: 99903

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