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KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - Plate of Ceremonially stored skulls from Nukuhiva (Marquesas Islands)

KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - Plate of Ceremonially stored skulls from Nukuhiva (Marquesas Islands)
Plate of Ceremonially stored skulls from Nukuhiva (Marquesas Islands) - KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W.
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Title : Plate of Ceremonially stored skulls from Nukuhiva (Marquesas Islands).
Map maker : KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W..
Date : st. Petersburg, 1813-1814.
Size : 18.5 x 24.4 inches. / 47.0 x 62.0 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured

Description :An original plate in imperial folio size, originating from Krusenstern's 1813-14 atlas (Russian & German language) to his voyage around the world: Atlas k puteshestviuu vokrug sveta kapitana Kruzenshtema . This is plate 17 from the atlas and has a caption in Russian and one in German. The latter reads: "Schadelform der Nukahiwer".

Krusensterns plates of his short stay at NukuHiva, Marquesas Islands have become archetypal images in the history of Pacific exploration. This plate shows ancestral skulls, as ceremonially stored by the Nukuhivans.
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 - both ethnographical and zoological. 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 atlas is extremely rare and one of the most sought after Pacificana collectibles today.
Condition : Very good condition, printed on thick paper, two damp-stains in bottom margin, margins a little chipped.


ID: 99959

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