17 September 1998,
Price realised GBP 7,475
GBP 5,000 - GBP 8,000
FRANOIS PÉRON (1775-1810) & LOUIS CLAUDE DESCAULES DE FREYCINET (1779-1842)
Voyage de découvertes aux Terres Australes... Historique... seconde édition, revue... par... Freycinet. Paris: Athus Bertrand, 1824. 5 volumes (including atlas vol.), 8° (20 x 12.5cm.) & 4° (323 x 25cm.) Engraved portrait of Péron as a frontispiece to vol.I of text, atlas with engraved title and 68 plates, maps and plans, 27 hand-coloured, 3 double-page. (Title of the atlas spotted.) Text bound in contemporary French marbled sheep gilt, the flat spine in six compartments, light brown and dark blue leather lettering-pieces (small chips to head and foot of spines), atlas in contemporary French sheep-backed marbled-paper boards, vellum corners, spine gilt (extremities slightly scuffed).
A FINE COPY OF THE 'VERY SCARCE' AND CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED SECOND EDITION. 'In 1800 an expedition organized by the Institute of France and placed under the command of Nicholas Baudin sailed for the South Seas, with particular instructions to make full and minute examination of the Australian coasts and especially to explore 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." However, the exploration was a very lethargic affair... Péron complained bitterly of Baudin's conduct of the voyage, and in his account does not even mention his commander's name': (Hill p.230). Baudin died in Mauritius in 1803, and the expedition, commanded by Freycinet, eventually returned to France in 1804.
The account of the expedition was originally published between 1807 and 1816. It was "published in two sections: the general narrative of transactions on the voyage, called the 'Partie Historique'; and the more specialist account of the hydrographical work... known as the 'Partie Navigation et Géographie'": (Wantrup p.156).
The present work is the second edition of the Partie Historique (no second edition of the Partie Navigation et Géograpgie was published). "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. The maps and charts of the first edition atlas... were omitted or greatly altered... [It] also includes twenty-five new plates, many of which are coloured": (Wantrup pp.157-159). Ferguson 978 & 979; Wantrup 82. (5)
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