PÉRON, François, Louis Claude de Saulces de FREYCINET [and Nicolas BAUDIN]. Voyages de Découvertes aux Terres Australes ... sur les Corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la Goelette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804. [Partie Historique]. Paris: L'Imprimerie Impériale, 1807-1816.
3 volumes, 2 volumes text and atlas, 4° (text, 293 x 220mm. atlas 330 x 248mm.). Text volumes with half-titles, engraved portrait of Péron and 2 folding printed tables in vol.II, final errata in vol.I. The atlas, 2 parts in one volume, engraved titles, the second dated 1811, 4 leaves of printed indices, 80 engraved plates, charts and maps, 32 coloured by hand, 5 folding (some maps rebound, one reinserted).
With: FREYCINET, Louis Claude de Saulces de. Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes ... sou le commandement du Capitaine de Vaisseau N. Baudin. Navigation et Géographie. Paris: L'Imprimerie Royale, 1812-1815
2 volumes, text and atlas, 4° and 2° (293 x 220mm. and 560 x 435mm.). Half-title, final errata leaf. Atlas with engraved title dated 1812, printed index, and 32 engraved maps and charts, 26 double-page.
Together 5 volumes, (some slight spotting, rather heavier to some maps in second atlas). Text volumes uniformly bound in contemporary calf, blind roll-tool borders on covers, spines gilt and blind in compartments. Atlases in contemporary half calf with marbled boards, spines similarly decorated. Provenance: Russian Imperial Library at Tsarskoe Selo (library stamps, in French with Imperial Eagle in first four volumes, in Russian in the last). Ferguson 449; 536; 603; Hill pp.229-230; Dunmore II pp.9-40.
A FINE SET OF THIS ACCOUNT OF THE EXPEDITION TO AUSTRALIA AND THE SOUTH SEAS under the command of Baudin, with Péron as naturalist and Freycinet as cartographer. Sailing via Mauritius and arriving in Australian coastal waters in May 1801, the Géographe and Naturaliste went north to Timor surveying and noting the inhabitants and natural history, before sailing to Tasmania and on to Sydney. The southern coast of the continent was thoroughly surveyed, naming it 'Terre Napolén' and giving French Imperial names to various sites, before they returned to Mauritius via the northwestern coast-line. This account contains the first complete map with details of the coast of the Australian continent. (5)