A very attractive example of the French edition of the first Russian circumnavigation, complete with the atlas volume not published with the English translation.
Though unsigned, the plates are thought to be the work of Tilesius, a naturalist on the voyage. They include a portrait of Krusentern, four of Nukuhiwa, eight of Japan (including the Ainu). The maps include three of the Marquesas, and four of Japanese interest. ‘The atlas volume is very important and is difficult to obtain’ (Hill).
First edition in French. 3 vols, comprising 2 vols 8vo text and folio atlas (44 x 28.5 cms); 21 lithograph plates by Engelmann, 9 engraved maps (3 folding), French blue half morocco gilt (atlas bound to match), a fine set.
Stock ID: 98388