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Atlas de L'Océan Pacifique [Hemisphere Austral].
Par ordre de Sa Majeste St. Petersbourg 1824 - Large folio (65.7 x 52 cm). Title, dedication to Alexander I, 15 maps including 6 double-page, and some containing smaller insets for a total of 36 charts, engraved by S. Froloff, all dated 1824 in cartouche, printed on thick paper, on guards; outer margin skilfully restored throughout, without affecting print, possibly without half-title and engraved list of plates, although these seem to be present only in copies gathering both parts (see Forbes) - these two leaves may well not have been included in copies published before 1827 and including only the present, first part. Recent maroon morocco over red cloth boards, spine in compartments, gilt lettering to second compartment, boards gilt ruled.u9j8-i "One of the most important Pacific atlases" (Forbes): the first edition in French of this detailed survey of the Southern Pacific, in its first issue dated 1824, before subsequent updates and with dedication to Alexander I. With a rare presentation inscription from Kruzenshtern to the victor of the battle of Navarino and future military governor of Kronstadt and Revel-Tallinn. The Dutch Admiral Count Login Hayden (Lodewijk Sigismund Vincent Gustaaf van Heiden, 1772–1850) offered his services to Russia in the last year of Catherine the Great's reign, 1795. He was appointed Captain-Lieutenant at sea at only twenty-two, and successfully rose through the ranks. In 1826, Hayden was given command of the Russian fleet in the Mediterranean and a year later he was appointed commander of the Russian squadron in the Battle of Navarino against the Turks during the Greek War of Independence, which ended with the defeat of the Turko-Egyptian fleet and the destruction of the feared artillery at the fortress of Navarino. At the height of his career, much respected and decorated, he became Admiral in 1833 and was chosen by the Tsar to become military governor of Kronstadt and Reval. Like its Russian version published the same year, the first edition in French of this work is very rare. Lada-Mocarski, Ferguson and Phillips refer only to the later edition of 1827-35 (with dedication to the new Tsar, Nicholas I, and with 34 maps, including the Northern hemisphere, first published in Russian only in 1826 and in French in 1827). The first map is a general map of the Southern Pacific, showing discovery dates and including, in this particular copy, some supplementary contemporary handwritten information dated up to 1825. It covers the ocean from Borneo to Cape Horn, showing especially the whole of Australia, the Solomon islands, Polynesia and New Zealand, as well as the West coast of South America and the Galapagos islands. It is dedicated to Captain Horsburgh, "Hydrographe de la Compagnie Britannique des Indes". Interestingly, the other maps are not dedicated, except the map of the Coral sea, dedicated to Captain Flinders (post-mortem?), and the map of the Solomon islands, to the French Rear Admiral de Rossel. The charts are drawn on a large, detailed scale, and represent the first systematic attempt to chart the islands of the Pacific - including a map of the whole New Zealand and most of the Eastern coast of Australia, with a detailed plan of Sydney's harbour. They are based on Kruzenshtern's own observations during the first Russian circumnavigation and incorporate findings of subsequent voyages to the Pacific. The atlas "may be taken as an example of the extraordinary labour and perseverance of the author, as well as his superior talents as a navigator and astronomer. None of his statements have ever been called into question; while the discoveries and nautical corrections are universally acknowledged to have been of infinite service to navigation" (Dawson, Memoirs of Hydrography, Eastbourne, 1885). The maps are: 1. Carte Générale de l'océan Pacifique Hemisphere Austral. 1824. [Double-page] 2. Carte de la Nouvelle Guinée et du détroit de Torrès. - Plan du port Dory. 1824. [Double-page] 3. Carte de la mer du Corail. 1824. [Double-page; with an impor [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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