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KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - Plate of a Horned fish from Nukuhiwa and a shell from Brazil

KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W. - Plate of a Horned fish from Nukuhiwa and a shell from Brazil
Plate of a Horned fish from Nukuhiwa and a shell from Brazil - KRUSENSTERN, A.I. /TILESIUS, W.
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Title : Plate of a Horned fish from Nukuhiwa and a shell from Brazil.
Date : st. Petersburg, 1813-1814.
Size : 24.4 x 18.5 inches. / 62.0 x 47.0 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 20 from the atlas and has a caption in Russian and one in German. The latter reads: "Die Nukahiwischen Hornfisch - Das Brasilische Sägemaul".

The plate shows Shows a Hornfish from Nukuhiva, Marqueas Islands, and the "Sägemaul" from Brazil. This last animal must be the Prionostoma, or "Sägemaul" from Brazil that Tilesius described as a new species of Sea squirt in the Denkschriften der Konigl. Akad. der Wissenschaften in Munchen, vol 3 (1812). Tilesius describes how he encountered the shell on the beach of the little Island Montomeri near Santa Cruz in Brazil, and first mistook it for a little nut. Only on second observation he recognized it as a sea creature in the family of Sea squirts. The animal is also known as "Neptuns Sparbuchse" (Neptune's Piggy-Bank). This species was illustrated for the first time in Krusenstern's 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 - 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.

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, printed on thick paper, light dampstain on top right corner (marginal only).

ID: 99961

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