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KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - View of Paramushir and Antsiferov Island, near Kamchatka.

KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - View of Paramushir and Antsiferov Island, near Kamchatka.
View of Paramushir and Antsiferov Island, near Kamchatka. - KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W.
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Title : View of Paramushir and Antsiferov Island, 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 37 from the atlas and has the following captions: Ansichten der Insel Poromushir - Der Insel Shirinki und die Sudwest Seite der der Insel Poromushir - Ansicht des Caps Wasillieff - Ansicht der Sudost Seite der Insel Poromuschir.

The islands shown are known today as the Kuril Islands Paramushir and Antsiferov Island. Both are volcanic islands and Russian Territory now. The name Paramushir was derived from the Ainu language, meaning “broad island” or “populous island”. Antsiferov Island is also known under its former Japanese name Shirinki, meaning "place of tall waves" in the Ainu language. The islands are separated by the Luzhin strait and some 15 km's away from each other. Shirinki is today named after the cossack explorer Danila Antsiferov, who described the island in detail in the early eighteenth century.

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 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. Forbes writes about the atlas: "as beautiful as it is rare".
Condition : Very good condition, printed on thick paper, margins a little chipped.

ID: 99905

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