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    Sale 12259

    Ex Libris Jean R. Perrette: Important Travel, Exploration & Cartography

    5 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 452

    [BOUGAINVILLE, Louis Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)]. Voyage autour du monde, par la frégate du roi La Boudeuse et la flûte L'Ètoile; en 1766, 1767, 1768 & 1769. Paris: Saillant & Nyon, 1771.

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    [BOUGAINVILLE, Louis Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)]. Voyage autour du monde, par la frégate du roi La Boudeuse et la flûte L'Ètoile; en 1766, 1767, 1768 & 1769. Paris: Saillant & Nyon, 1771.

    4° (266 x 200 mm). Woodcut Royal arms on title, 20 folding engraved maps and charts, 16 folding, 3 engraved plates, head- and tail-piece woodcut ornaments and initials. (Lacking half-title, a few maps with short marginal tears, plate 12 bound in on a stub.) Modern tree calf gilt in the style of Kalthoeber (with a forged Kalthoeber ticket). Provenance: George Gostling (armorial bookplate on pastedown, his? pencil notes in margin).

    FIRST EDITION. Bougainville, a highly regarded officer, served as aide to the Marquis de Montcalm in Canada and was a combatant at the fall of Quebec and later Montreal. He helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris – ceding most of France's North American colonies to the British – then attempted unsuccessfully to establish a French colony in the Falkland Islands. At the request of the King, he undertook the first French circumnavigation of the globe, departing Nantes in November 1766 and returning to St. Malo in March 1769 (a voyage also notable for carrying the first woman on a circumnavigation: the mistress of the ship's botanist, disguised as his valet). The important engraved maps depict the route of the circumnavigation by the two vessels, the Straits of Magellan, Tierra del Fuego, Tahiti, the Solomon Islands, the Celebes, Java, and other Pacific regions. See also lot 462. Hill 163; Sabin 6864.


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