AUGUSTE BORGET (1809-1877)
Fragments d'un voyage autour du monde. Moulins: P.A. Desrosiers, [c.1845]. Oblong 4° (224 x 303mm). Tinted lithographic title and 12 tinted lithographic plates by and after Borget, with one facing text leaf accompanying each plate. (Some light foxing, light browning to edges, one short repaired tear and a few small nicks and tears at margins, two text leaves reinforced with tissue along two edges.) Original cream glazed-paper boards, the upper board decorated with title vignette (extremities rubbed and corners bumped, with upper right corner cracked, some small losses of glazed-paper).
EXTREMELY RARE COMPLETE COPY OF 'A VERY RARE ALBUM OF HANDSOME AND ROMANTIC VIEWS' (Hawaiian National Bibliography). A pupil of Jean-Antoine Gudin and a close friend of Honoré de Balzac, Borget undertook a journey around the world in 1836, travelling through South America before reaching the China coast in August 1838. In the autumn of 1838, William Prinsep went sketching with Borget in Macao, remarking that he found the Frenchman's portfolio 'rich with scenes from South America, Sandwich Islands and China, and he was a pleasant fellow into the bargain'. In July 1839 he visited Manila, then sailed for India via Singapore and the Straits of Malacca, returning to Paris in the summer of 1840.
'This book appears to have been produced in a very limited edition and in a somewhat haphazard manner. Both the Kahn copy and another example offered by Hordern House, Sydney ... lack the letterpress descriptive sheet for Plate 10, "Balsas (Bateaux de Pêche) sur la Côte de Bolive." Neither copy appears ever to have had this sheet, and it may be that it was never issued' (Hawaiian National Bibliography). This is the first copy, complete with all accompanying text, to appear at auction since 1975, the only other copy to appear having been sold similarly lacking the text leaf for plate 10. NUC lists 3 copies. Not in Brunet, Graesse or Sabin. Borba de Moraes I, 112 ('VERY RARE AND LITTLE KNOWN'); Hawaiian National Bibliography, II, 1766; Stravides, Auguste Borget peintre-voyageur autour du monde, 1999, pp.15-21.