ABEL AUBERT DU PETIT-THOUARS (1793-1864)
Voyage autour du Monde sur la frégate la Vénus pendant les années 1836-1839. Paris: Gide, 1840-1846. 13 volumes only (text: 9 vols. only, 8° [223 x 142mm.]); plates: 3 vols, 2° [534 x 341mm.], maps: 1 vol., 2° [655 x 496mm.]). Text: 14 letterpress tables (10 folding), 3 folding engraved graphs, folding engraved map; Atlas vols: 107 plates (84 hand-coloured, 24 tinted), 18 maps (1 folding, 6 double-page). (Some spotting and browning). Uniformly bound to style in light brown calf-backed marbled boards, red and blue morocco lettering-pieces to spines.
A FINE NEAR-COMPLETE SET OF THE OFFICIAL ACCOUNT OF THIS IMPORTANT VOYAGE. 'This voyage, ostensibly to report on the whale fisheries in the Pacific, was political in nature. The presence of the frigate Vénus in ports around the world would be of value to French commerce and diplomacy. After rounding Cape Horn, the expedition made calls up the coast of South America, to Hawaii, Kamchatka, and to California in order to assist French traders who had been clamouring for support for some time. Dupetit-Thouars' account of his stay in California, in 1837, is one of the most important and complete records of the Mexican period. In 1838, the Vénus made a run for Easter Island, further investigated the coast of South America, then sailed for the Galapagos and Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, and New Zealand. At Tahiti, the expedition forced Queen Pomaré to write to the King of France apologizing for mistreatment of French priests, to pay an indemnity, and to salute the French flag. He had also made a treaty with Kamehameha III of Hawaii. After visits to Sydney and Mauritius, the ship sailed home, arriving after a voyage of thirty months' (Hill).
The set is complete, except for a single text volume and a 34pp. pamphlet, published in 1855 and 1864 respectively.
The set comprises:
A.A. DU PETIT-THOUARS. Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate Vénus... Relation [...Atlas Pittoresque]. Paris: Gide, 1840-1845 [Atlas: 1841]. 5 volumes (text: 4 volumes, 8°; atlas: 1 vol., 2°). Text: Half-titles, section half-titles and titles. 13 letterpress tables (9 folding). (Some light spotting.) Atlas: Half-title. Folding hand-coloured engraved world map, uncoloured town plan, 67 lithographic plates after P.Blanchard, Ménard, J.Masselot and others (17 hand-coloured, 24 tinted, 26 uncoloured but on India paper mounted). (Some browning and spotting to about half of the plates). Subjects include 17 hand-coloured costume/ethnographic plates, topographical views (some panoramic and spread over more than one of the tinted plates), and depictions of incidents which took place during the voyage.
A.A. DU PETIT-THOUARS. Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate Vénus... Atlas de Zoologie. Paris: Gide, 1846. Atlas volume only (lacking 1 volume of text), 2°. Half-title. 79 engraved plates after J.C.Werner, Oudart and others (74 hand-coloured). (The ten bird plates heavily browned, some other spotting.) A volume of text, published in 1855, is not present. The subjects include 13 mammals, 10 birds, 10 fish, 27 shells and 16 others.
A.A. DU PETIT-THOUARS. Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate Vénus... Atlas de Botanique. Paris: Gide, 1846. Atlas volume only (lacking 34pp. pamphlet of text), 2°. Half-title. 28 engraved plates, with some stipple. (Occasional light marginal spiotting). The pamphlet of text was published in 1864. The plates are after Borromée (3) or A.Riocreux (24), with 1 unsigned plate.
U.DE TESSAN. Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate Vénus... Physique [...Atlas Hydrographique]. Paris: Gide, 1842-1844 [Atlas: Dépôt-Général de la Marine, 1845]. 6 volumes (text: 5 vols., 8°; atla: 1 vol., 2°). Text: Half-titles, section half-titles and titles. Folding letterpress table, 3 folding engraved graphs, folding engraved map. (Some spotting, old dampstain to upper margin of vol.III, one graph torn). Atlas: Engraved throughout. Title, 19 engraved maps on 16 sheets (6 double-page).
BM(NH) p.606; Borba de Moraes p.276; Ferguson 2970; Hill p.91; Nissen ZBI 1211; Sabin 21354; Stafleu 1337. (13)