London, South Kensington
15 October 2009
[BOUGAINVILLE, Louis Antoine, Comte de (1729-1811)]. Voyage autour du monde par la frégate du roi La Boudeuse et la flute L'Étoile; en 1766, 1767, 1768 & 1769. Paris: Saillant & Nyon 1771. 4° (250 x 192 mm). 18 folding engraved maps and charts, 5 engraved plates, with half-title. (Occasional minor spotting and browning.) Contemporary tree calf (lightly rubbed, spine darkened, upper joint cracking, headcap a little worn). Provenance: Richard Rhys, 9th Baron Dynevor (1935-2008).
FIRST EDITION. Bougainville, a highly regarded officer, served as aide to General Montcalm in Canada and fought at the fall of Quebec. 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 circumavigation: 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. Hill 163; Sabin 6864.
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