Item #5000283 Voyage Autour du Monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa Majesté Impériale Alexandre 1er Empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva…. Captain Ivan Fedorovich KRUSENSTERN.
Voyage Autour du Monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa Majesté Impériale Alexandre 1er Empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva…
Voyage Autour du Monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa Majesté Impériale Alexandre 1er Empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva…
Voyage Autour du Monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa Majesté Impériale Alexandre 1er Empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva…
Voyage Autour du Monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa Majesté Impériale Alexandre 1er Empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva…
Voyage Autour du Monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa Majesté Impériale Alexandre 1er Empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva…
Voyage Autour du Monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa Majesté Impériale Alexandre 1er Empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva…

Voyage Autour du Monde…
Voyage Autour du Monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa Majesté Impériale Alexandre 1er Empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseaux la Nadiejeda et la Neva…

Paris: Librairie de Gide fils, 1821.

Two volumes, octavo, text, with folio atlas, containing separate title, 21 lithograph plates and nine engraved maps (three folding); in an attractive binding of half grained calf, double labels, and marbled sides and edges.

A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Pacific

A wonderful publication, containing some of the most romantic of all voyage images: the series of lithographs published here has been aptly described as giving a "Midsummer Night's Dream" vision of the Pacific. This is the first French edition of the account of Krusenstern's voyage: the beautiful atlas of plates, which appears only in this edition, 'is very important and is difficult to obtain…' (Hill). This must be one of the most attractive of all voyage publications of the nineteenth century, and this is a particularly good copy, with the plates in the atlas all evidently proofs before letters.

A wonderful publication, containing some of the most romantic of all voyage images: the series of lithographs published here has been aptly described as giving a "Midsummer Night's Dream" vision of the Pacific. This is the first French edition of the account of Krusenstern's voyage: the beautiful atlas of plates, which appears only in this edition, 'is very important and is difficult to obtain…' (Hill). This must be one of the most attractive of all voyage publications of the nineteenth century, and this is a particularly good copy, with the plates in the atlas all evidently proofs before letters.

The atlas contains a total of twenty-one lithographic plates printed by Engelmann, the pioneer of lithography, and nine engraved maps. Though unsigned, O'Reilly says that the plates are probably the work of Tilesius, one of the naturalists of the expedition. They include a portrait of Krusenstern, four views of Nukuhiva and eight of Japan (including the Ainu people), and one of Aleuts. The maps include three of the Marquesas and four of Japanese interest.

This is the official account of the first Russian circumnavigation of the world, written by its commander, and of great importance to Pacific history for Krusenstern's account of the attempt to open Japan to commerce, and for his notes on the Russian-Chinese trade. The Nadeshda and the Neva (Lisianski in command of the latter) sailed from Kronstadt on 19 July 1803, and were together at the Marquesas and Hawaii; there they separated and from this point Krusenstern's narrative deals with the western Pacific while Lisianski published his own account of the Neva's voyage. The text was translated by Krusenstern himself and then revised by J.B.B. Eyriès who also wrote part of the text for Choris' Voyage Pittoresque.

This excellent copy of the book was originally owned by Gaston de Rocquemaurel, Dumont d'Urville's second-in-command on the Astrolabe expedition: see also catalogue numbers 24-5.

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Provenance: Gaston de Rocquemaurel, second-in-command on Dumont d'Urville's Astrolabe (with signature on title-page); private collection (Australia).

Forbes, 530; 'Hawaii One Hundred', 17n; Hill, 953; Kroepelien, 695; O'Reilly-Reitman, 732.

Condition Report: Apart from a couple of very occasional spots, with two more noticeable spots to the first plate in the atlas, a fine set in excellent condition, with original tissue guards in the atlas, in a most attractive later binding.

Price (AUD): $28,500.00

US$19,766.22   Other currencies

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