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18 Driven by the Napoleonic Wars, Krusenstern completes Russia’s first
   circumnavigation of the globe


Reise um die Welt in den Jahren 1803, 1804, 1805 und 1806

4 vols. St.Petersburg, 1810-1814.


 Ivan Fedorovich Krusenstern (1770-1846) was a Russian admiral born into a Swedish aristocratic family in what is now the Baltic state of Estonia.After submitting a report on developing Russia's world's trade routes in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, he was appointed commander of Russia's first great ocean expedition. The project was Russia's first great maritime expedition, and included a survey to develop trade with the Orient and South America and establish a colony in California.
 In 1803, Krusenstern left Kronstadt in command of his flagship the Nadezhda and the Neva. Rounding Cape Horn into the Pacific, the Nadezhda reached Petropavlovsk via the Hawaiian Islands. In 1804, the expedition escorted a Japanese castaway called Tsudayū and his companions to Nagasaki, and the Rezanov embassy that had been accompanying Krusenstern entered into ultimately unsuccessful trade negotiations with the Tokugawa shogunate. Between these negotiations, however, Krusenstern continued to survey the seas around Japan, producing as a result some outstanding maps. He later surveyed the Kuril Islands and waters around Sakhalin, before meeting up with the Neva in Macao and returning to Kronstadt via the Cape of Good Hope in 1806.
 This work is a record of this voyage, and the volumes in this collection are first edition printings of the first German edition printed in Saint Petersburg at the same time as the Russian edition between 1810 and 1812. The maps were published in 1814. An English edition was published in London in 1813, and translations into French, Danish, Dutch, and Swedish followed.
                   (text 27×22cm×3 vols. map 66×49cm)

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