26 September 2002
LOUIS-CLAUDE DE SAULCES DE FREYCINET (1779-1842)
Voyage de découvertes aux Terres Australes, exécuté... sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goelette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804... Partie Navigation et Géographie... Atlas. Paris: au Dépôt Général des Cartes et Plans de la Marine, 1812. 17 leaves (each 850 x 580mm.) comprising: Engraved title, with letterpress 'Table des Cartes et Plans' on verso, 32 engraved maps printed recto and verso of 16 leaves. (Light soiling outer margin of recto of title/contents sheet, old dampstaining to each map sheet, affecting image area but heaviest at blank margins, some browning and occasional marginal tears or light soiling.) Unbound, as issued, within modern portfolio.
A VERY RARE COMPLETE SUITE OF FREYCINET'S MAPS, HERE PRINTED ON THE RECTO AND VERSO OF 16 LEAVES, UNFOLDED. The layout of the maps suggest that they were perhaps printed for Freycinet for use on his second voyage aboard the Uranie and the Physicienne. Whether or not they were ever used on board is not known, but it is interesting to note that the title/contents leaf has survived in much better condition than the map sheets, all of which are dampstained (possibly from the shipwreck in the Falkland Islands). Cf. Ferguson 536.
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