• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 8

    BOUGAINVILLE, Louis Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811). A Voyage round the World. Performed by Order of His Most Christian Majesty, In the years 1766, 1767, 1768, and 1769. Translated from French into English by John Reinhold Forster. London: T. Nourse and J. Davies, 1772.

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    BOUGAINVILLE, Louis Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811). A Voyage round the World. Performed by Order of His Most Christian Majesty, In the years 1766, 1767, 1768, and 1769. Translated from French into English by John Reinhold Forster. London: T. Nourse and J. Davies, 1772.

    4o (259 x 211 mm). 12 engraved maps and charts on 5 folding plates (including the Straits of Magellan), one folding engraved plate with the 3 images of Polynesian pirogues and a canoe, with the Tahitian vocabulary. (Light staining to a few pages.) Contemporary calf (rebacked, corners renewed). Provenance: J.G. Vernon (armorial bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Translated by Johann Forster, the naturalist aboard the Resolution on James Cook's second voyage, 1772-75. France's first official circumnavigation was commanded by Bougainville who saw the strategic advantage in commanding the route to the Pacific around Cape Horn, hence his attempted colonization of the Falkland Islands in 1763 and his new charts of the Straits of Magellan. As well as bringing back news of his discoveries in the Pacific, Bougainville also brought back a Tahitian, Mayoa. It was the decision to return this young man to his home that prompted the French Government to mount another exploratory voyage led by de Fresne in 1771. Hill states that Johann Reinhold's son Georg, also naturalist aboard the Resolution, may have been the actual translator of this work while Johann contributed the preface, dedication and footnotes. Cox I p.55; Hill 165; Kroepelien 113; Sabin 6869.


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