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Grobnitsa Kapitana Klerka v Petropavlovske. Captain Clerkes Grabmal im Hafen St. Peter und Paul" [Captain Clerkes' Tomb in Petropavlovsk]. Copper engraving from "Atlas k Puteshestviiu Vokrug Sveta Kapitana Krusensterna" [Atlas to the Travels of Captain Krusenstern Around the World]. Plate XVIII.
Morskaya Typ., Saint Petersburg 1813 - Saint Petersburg: Morskaya Typ., 1813. 52x34 cm (20 ½ x 13 ½ in.). Title in Russian and German. With a couple of minor repaired tears not affecting image, otherwise a very good strong copper engraving. A plate from the Russian edition of the Atlas of Krusenstern's circumnavigation in 1803-1806. The complete Atlas is a great rarity with only one copy found in Worldcat, but separate engravings are also very rare even in Russia. The Atlas contained 109 engraved plates and was one of the most luxurious Russian editions of the beginning of the 19th century, being issued on funds of the Cabinet of the Russian Emperor and costing 15 thousand roubles, a huge sum of money at the time. The engraving depicts the tomb of Charles Clerke (1741-1779), a participant in all three James Cook's circumnavigations who after Cook's death in 1779 took the command of the third expedition and continued searching for the Northwest Passage. Clerke is notable for being the author of the first account of Captain Cook's death, as his letter to the Admiralty mentioning Cook's murder on Hawaii and written in Kamchatka on June 8, 1779, was first published as a pamphlet in Reval in 1780 (Hawaiian National Bibliography 18). Clerke died from tuberculosis not far from Kamchatka and was buried in Petropavlovsk, next to the grave of another explorer, Louis Delisle de la Croyère (about 1685-1741). The latter participated in Vitus Bering's expedition to the North Pacific in 1741 and as many other expedition members, including Bering himself, died on the hard way back to Kamchatka. The sailors from Krusenstern's expedition while staying in Petropavlovsk in September 1805, renewed the tombs constructing a wooden pyramid with commemorative boards above both graves. Krusenstern described this event in the account. This plate shows how connected the first explorers of the North Pacific were. The engraving was made from the drawing from life by Wilhelm Gottlieb Tilesius von Tilenau (1769-1857), German naturalist and artist who participated in Krusenstern's expedition. The engraver, Andrey Ukhtomsky was a prominent Russian artist, a member of the Russian Academy of Arts (1808), the head of the printing house of the Academy, and the curator of the Academy's library. [Attributes: First Edition]
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