HYACINTHE-YVES-PHILIPPE POTENTIEN BARON DE BOUGAINVILLE (1781-1846)
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette L'Espérance pendant les années 1824, 1825 et 1826. Paris: Rignoux for Arthus Bertrand, 1837. 3 volumes (2 vols. text and atlas of plates), 4° (294 x 226mm) and 2° (520 x 340mm). Text: half-titles, 6pp. errata. Wood-engraved title vignettes and tailpieces. Atlas: 56 plates, maps and plans, comprising 34 lithograph views and portraits on india paper mounted after V. Adam, Sabatier and others from sketches by E.B. de la Touanne, printed by Bernard & Frey, 12 hand-coloured engraved natural history plates after P. Bessa and J.-G. Pretre by Coutant, H. Legrand, Oudet, Dumenil and Massard, double-page hand-coloured aquatint of various native vessels, folding engraved map, 2 double-page coastal profiles and 6 double-page engraved maps and charts, by A. Tardieu after E.B. de la Touanne. (Scattered spotting in text, atlas with occasional marginal spotting, coloured plates lightly browned, maps on new guards, a few repaired.) Modern quarter calf, modern morocco backed cloth boxes. Provenance: pencilled collation notes on half-titles, and occasional marginalia, in a 20th-century hand.
FIRST EDITION of the official record of Bougainville's voyage around the world. The main intention of the voyage was political: to extend French influence in Indochina. However, Bougainville also touched at Pondicherry, Manila, Macao, Surabaya, Sydney, Port Jackson, Valparaiso and Rio de Janeiro. Bougainville had served as an 18-year-old ensign on the Baudin voyage, and after distinguished service in the Napoleonic wars, he was given command of the frigate La Thétis and the corvette L'Espérance (for which see the previous lot). He spent several months in and around Sydney, where he collected considerable ornithological material. From here both ships crossed to Valparaiso where La Touanne commenced his overland journey to rejoin the expedition at Rio. The account of this journey takes up much of the second volume, together with R.-P. Lesson's account of the natural history. Borba de Moraes I, p.115; Ferguson 2236; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.79; Hill 162; Nissen ZBI 483; Sabin 6875; Whittell p.68; Wood p.251; Zimmer 83.