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Le "Vitiaz" et l'Ocean Pacifique. Observations Hydrologiques faites par les Officiers de la Corvette "Vitiaz" pendant un Voyage Autour du Monde, exécuté de 1886 à 1889, et Recueil des Observations sur la Température et le Poids Spécifique de l'Eau de l'Océan Pacifique Nord. ["Vitiaz" i Tikhii Okean. Gidrologicheskiia Nabliudeniia, proizvedennyia Ofitserami Korveta "Vitiaz'" vo vremia krugosvietnago plavaniia 1886-1889 godov, i svod Nabliudenii nad Temperaturoiu i Udiel'nym viesom Vody Sievernago Tikhago Okeana]
St. Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Science, 1894 - Quarto. Original grey-green printed paper-covered boards, rebacked with green cloth, the original spine laid down. A little rubbed, small ink stamps of the Danish Royal Naval Library Chart Archive to the front board and title page only, light variable browning to the text-block, but overall a very good copy. Numerous tables to the text, 32 maps and plates, all but one of them folding, dual lingual text, French and Russian, in double column, First edition. Uncommon, OCLC shows just thirteen copies world-wide, all but three - Natural History Museum, National Library of New Zealand, and Universitäts- und Forschungsbibliothek Erfurt/Gotha - in the United States. Official account of Makarov's first pacific hydrographic survey on the Vityaz, 1886-9. Makarov had graduated from the Imperial Maritime Academy in 1865, commissioned as an ensign in 1869. Between 1867 and 1876 Makarov served as flag captain to Admiral Andrei Popov with the Baltic Fleet, before captaining the torpedo boat tender Velikiy Knyaz Konstantin in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-8 - 'his new designs and tactics for torpedo boats were used on the Black Sea with notable success' (Britannica) - being the first to launch torpedoes from a boat, which itself had been launched from the tender, in an attack on the Ottoman ship Intibah. Makarov made two round-the-world hydrographic expeditions in the corvette Vitjaz, the one recorded here, and another of 1894-6.He designed the world's first icebreaker, the Yermak, oversaw her construction, and commanded her on two Arctic expeditions in 1899 and 1901. In 1900 he was appointed Chief Commander and military governor of Kronstadt, and following the disaster at Port Arthur in 1904 was sent to command the Battle Fleet there, his active command contrasting sharply with his predecessors. He died in April 1904 when his flagship the Petropavlovsk struck a mine and sank. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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