PÉRON, François (1775-1810) and Louis Claude de Saulces de FREYCINET (1779-1842). Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes, exécuté par ordre de Sa Majesté l'Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la Goelette le Casuarina, pendant les Années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804… Rédigé par M.F. Péron. Tome Premier [Historique - Tome Second continué par M. Louis Freycinet]. - Atlas par MM. Lesueur et Petit [- par Mr. L. Freycinet]. Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [vol. I] and Imprimerie Royal [vol. II], 1807-1816; Langlois [Atlas], -1811.
3 volumes: comprising 2 volumes text, 4° (302 x 221 mm) and two parts in one volume atlas 2° (343 x 254 mm). Text: 2 engraved portrait frontispieces, 2 folding tables, 2 general half-titles, errata leaf. (Some spotting, staining, or browning.) Atlas: Part I: engraved title, contents leaves and 40 engraved plates, numbered II-XLI, including the folding panoramas of Sydney and Timor (24 hand colored). (Some spotting.) Part II: engraved title, contents leaves and 14 engraved maps, numbered 1-14 (2 folding), including the "Carte Générale de la Nouvelle-Hollande" which is also listed as plate I, part I. BOUND AT END: the 25 additional unnumbered plates added to the atlas for the second edition of 1824 [see text volumes below], 9 hand-colored. (Large folding maps with marginal tears and tears to the folds affecting image, some mostly marginal spotting.) Uniformly bound in 19th-century green quarter calf and marbled boards, flat spines gilt (some light wear, light chipping to heads of spines).
RARE FIRST EDITION of Nicolas Baudin's expedition to Australia, the great French voyage which rivalled Flinders's achievements. The expedition was commanded by Baudin for the Institute of France in 1800 and was charged with making a full and minute examination of the Australian coasts, particularly the southern coast "where there is supposed to be a strait communicating with the Gulf of Carpentaria and which consequently would divide New Holland into two large and almost equal islands." Baudin discovered some two hundred miles of coast between Encounter Bay and Cape Banks, thus completing the discovery of the unknown south coast begun by Flinders and Grant, and also reported in detail on Tasmania, Western Australia, and Sydney. Of further importance was the very large and excellent zoological collection prepared by Péron, naturalist on the voyage. The atlas plates to the historical narrative are by expedition artists Nicholas Petit and Charles Leseueur, and Petit's depictions of the aborigines are said to be "fairly true representations of his subjects." Vol. II of the historical narrative was completed by Freycinet after Péron's early death. The maps are superbly engraved, the large general map of Australia with a fine illustrated cartouche. The work was continued and completed in Freycinet's Partie Navigation et Géographie, 1812. Ferguson 449; Hill 1329; Nissen ZBI 3120; Sabin 60998; Wantrup 78a and 79a.
PÉRON, François and Louis Claude de Saulces de FREYCINET. Voyage de découvertes aux Terres Australes... Historique... seconde édition, revue... par... Freycinet. Paris: Athus Bertrand, 1824. 4 volumes, 4° (195 x 129 mm). Half-titles. Engraved portrait frontispiece vol.I. (Some spotting, a few leaves with mostly marginal dampstain vol.I, lacking final blank vol.IV.) Contemporary blue quarter calf, flat spines gilt (a few joints starting, a few corners renewed, some light wear). Provenance: Château de Chimay (stamp on title-pages).
Second edition. "This very scarce second edition was prepared by Freycinet after his return from his own expedition to the Pacific between 1817 and 1820. It... contains some significant changes and additions to the first edition” (Wantrup pp.157-159). Ferguson 978; Wantrup 82. A SUPERB SET COMBINING THE FIRST AND SECOND EDITIONS.