26 September 2002
JACQUES ETIENNE VICTOR ARAGO (1790-1855)
Narrative of a Voyage Round the World in the Uranie and Physicienne corvettes, commanded by Captain Freycinet, during the years 1817, 1818, 1819, and 1820; on a scientific expedition undertaken by order of the French government. London: Treuttel & Wurtz, Treuttel, jun. & Richter, 1833. 4° (260 x 210mm.). Folding map, 25 lithographed plates (1 folding). (Map and the 13th plate torn, the 6th and 14th plates shaved with loss to titling, some browning and spotting, DD2 and DD3 loose.) Contemporary half calf gilt (joints weak, corners bumped).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. 'Arago was the artist of the expedition which visited most notably Australia, the Hawaiian Islands, Tonga, and Tierra del Fuego... These entertaining letters, written in a lively and witty literary style, provide vivid descriptions of the topography and the inhabitants of the Pacific islands' (Hill). Ferguson 885; Hill p.10; Spence 53.
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