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KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - Ansicht der Stadt Santa Cruz auf die Insel Teneriffa.

KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - Ansicht der Stadt Santa Cruz auf die Insel Teneriffa.
Ansicht der Stadt Santa Cruz auf die Insel Teneriffa. - KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W.
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Title : Ansicht der Stadt Santa Cruz auf die Insel Teneriffa..
Date : St. Petersburg, 1813-1814.
Size : 18.5 x 24.4 inches. / 47.0 x 62.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured

Description :Striking and very rare view of Santa Cruz Harbour at Teneriffe, Canary Islands. An original view in imperial folio size, originating from the first edition of Krusenstern's atlas to his voyage around the world: Atlas k puteshestviuu vokrug sveta kapitana Kruzenshtema. . This is plate 2 from the atlas and has captions in Russian (Cyrillic) and German.

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.
References for the entire atlas: Lada-Mocarski 62;. Sabin 38327; Arctic Bibliography 9377; Forbes Hawaii 401
Condition : Top margin with some chipping and a 3 cm open tear. A large tear from bottom margin extending far into image. This tear has been backed with paper in the past, but is still quite prominently visible and somewhat soiled. Some browning and smudging in margins. Bottom margin with two large damp stains. Image otherwise in a strong imprint and printed on thick paper. A careful restorer could bring this item in much better shape.

ID: 99901

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