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KRUSENSTERN, Adam Johann von.
Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806, par les ordres de sa majesté impériale Alexandre Ier, empereur de Russie, sur les vaisseux la Nadiejeda et la Neva.
Paris: Gide fils, 1821. Paris: Gide fils,, 1821. A beautiful set with the rare atlas 3 vols., 2 volumes letterpress (199 x 123 mm), atlas volume of plates (425 x 280 mm). Contemporary dark green half straight-grain calf, flat spines gilt lettered direct and divided into compartments by zig-zag rolls, two broad panels filled with a reticulated pattern highlighted with a quatrefoil device at the interstices, sailing ship motif in third and sixth compartments, green vellum corner tips, green marbled sides. 30 plates in the atlas, including lithograph portrait of Krusenstern by G. Engelmann after Baptiste, 19 lithograph plates and 10 engraved maps (3 double-page). Vol. I with superficial crack and minor wear at head of front joint, a few light abrasions to spine of atlas, occasional toning and scattered foxing. An excellent set, with the half-titles in the letterpress volumes. First edition in French of the first Russian circumnavigation, one of the most significant Pacific voyages after Cook, presented here in superior condition in a choice period binding, complete with the rare atlas of plates, "very important and … difficult to obtain" (Hill). A highly desirable set. Krusenstern (Ivan Fedorovich Kruzenshtern, 1770-1846) had served in the British Navy between 1793 and 1799. He was given command of the two-ship expedition under "a brilliant corps of officers" (Hill), intended to establish trade with China and Japan, facilitate trade in South America, and examine California for a possible colony. His expedition encompassed the Canary Islands, Brazil, the Marquesas, Kamschatk … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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