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Paris: 25 March 1830.
A Baudin voyage veteran studies Dumont D'UrvilleLetter signed on official letterhead of the "Ministère de la Marine", 310 x 200 mm. Intriguing letter which shows the workings of the inner circle of French grands voyages experts and veterans, explicitly thanking Bory de Saint-Vincent for the.....
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, circa 1826.
Original plates from the Duperrey voyageThree original parts, folio, containing a total of 29 plates, 6 of which are in original colouring; completely unbound as issued, original printed wrappers. A substantial series of botanical plates from the finely-illustrated Duperrey voyage, published in Paris between.....
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1827.
Pioneering cartography of MicronesiaEngraved chart; 610 x 440 mm. Delicately engraved chart of the Gilbert Islands in present-day Micronesia, from the official atlas of the French scientific expedition of 1822-1825 under the command of Louis-Isidor Duperrey. The Duperrey voyage is of great importance to the.....
Paris: 5 February 1838.
Duperrey, Krusenstern and Freycinet: a remarkable voyage correspondenceSmall folio, 18 pp. manuscript, comprising 4 pp. letter to Freycinet and four transcribed letters totalling 14 pp. An exceptional archive of correspondence involving three major Pacific voyagers. Louis-Isidore Duperrey, who had returned from his world voyage in.....
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1827.
Important mapping of the Pacific from Duperrey's voyage of 1822-25Folio, with 49 maps (18 folding) and four plates of boats, crisp tall impressions; an excellent copy in old French quarter calf over papered boards. The complete hydrographical atlas from the Duperrey voyage, published as part.....
Paris: circa 1828.
Ethnology of MicronesiaEngraved plate measuring 320 x 235 mm. (plate size). Proof plate of a splendid engraving of tools, sandals, outrigger canoes and blades for everyday use from the Marianas group of Islands (including Guam), a part of the present-day Micronesian Federation. the plate illustrates the.....
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1843.
With a signed letter from the authorOctavo, with four maps (two folding); some moderate foxing, binding a little rubbed and bumped; very good in contemporary green quarter roan. Scarce and important on the Marquesas by Vincendon-Dumoulin, the eminent French scientist who travelled as hydrographer on.....
The death of a Pacific veteranSheet of laid paper 264 x 210 mm.,very good. Rare obituary notice for Dupetit-Thouars, the Pacific voyager, who died at Paris on 16 March 1864. 'Dupetit-Thouars's account of his stay in California, in 1837, is one of the most important and complete.....
London: John Stockdale, 1791.
Count Fleurieu shares a publisher with governor PhillipQuarto, with 12 folding charts; in contemporary polished half calf, marbled boards. An attractive copy of the first English edition of the great work on the French discovery of the Solomon Islands. Fleurieu, the leading light in the.....
Paris: Claude Barbin, 1692. Octavo, in contemporary mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt; fine armorial bookplate on front pastedown. A revised edition, prepared by François Raguenet, possibly from a manuscript by Foigny himself. The dangerously heretical nature of the first edition has been tempered here by concentrating on the fabulous.....
Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1732.
French editionSmall octavo; contemporary French mottled calf, spine panelled in gilt between raised bands, red morocco label; with the bookplate of Bernard Gore Brett. Attractive early edition of Foigny's imaginary voyage to Australia. This is the fourth French edition, based on the Paris edition of.....
Amsterdam: Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, Jan Lamsvelt, 1701.
The "Vlamingh edition"Small quarto, in an attractive period-style binding of full calf, spine banded, red morocco label. Rare: the "Vlamingh edition" of Foigny's famous imaginary voyage to Australia. This edition was one of a trio of separate "Southern.....
Paris: Jean-Francois Bastien, 1790.
A fantastic galactic utopiaEight volumes, octavo, engraved portrait frontispiece in volume 1 and a folding plate in vol. 2; a fine set in contemporary French polished marbled calf; flat spines ornately gilt with double red labels. A very attractive set of Fontenelle's works, including his.....
France: Paris or Rouen, circa 1475-1500.
Late medieval manuscript leaf.Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with an illuminated panel border on each side of the leaf, one 2-line initial, ten 1-line initial and eight line-fillers, 18 lines of gothic bookhand; mounted. A beautifully illuminated leaf from a luxurious fifteenth-century.....
Paris or Rouen: circa 1475-1500. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with a panel border on both sides of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus and coloured flowers and leaves on shaped grounds of liquid gold, three 2-line initials in pink with white tracery, naturalistic branch line fillers.....
Paris or Rouen: circa 1495. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 152 mm., with a panel border on both sides of the leaf composed of blue and gold acanthus leaves and coloured flowers and leaves on diagonal grounds of liquid gold, illuminated initials in white tracery on pink grounds, and numerous 1-line.....
France: circa 1480. Illuminated leaf, 182 x 118 mm., with a panel border of liquid gold on one side and red ground on the other, nine 1-line and two 2-line initials in red and blue and gold, eighteen lines of text;. A well-illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours.....
Northern France (probably Paris): circa 1475-1500. Illuminated leaf, 215 x 139 mm., with an illuminated panel border on each side of the leaf, one 2-line initial, eleven 1-line initial and nine line-fillers, 18 lines of neat gothic bookhand. A beautifully illuminated leaf from a French Book of Hours with all.....
Timor: during the expedition of the Uranie, 1818.
Beautiful original drawing from the Uranie expedition by Freycinet's official artistFine watercolour, the image 198 x 265 mm., on laid paper; pencil note "Mr. Arago" in Freycinet's later hand at bottom left; framed. Fine scene in Timor, drawn by Jacques Arago.....
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Paris: chez Pillet aîné, 1826.
Freycinet's superb mapping from the Uranie voyage to Australia and the PacificLarge folio, with 22 engraved maps (10 of them double-page); contemporary French quarter calf and marbled sides, spine renewed. The handsome hydrographical atlas of Louis de Freycinet's voyage in the Uranie, the last.....
London: Treuttel and Wurtz, 1823.
The artist's account of the Freycinet voyageQuarto, two parts in one, with a folding map and 25 lithograph plates, contemporary smooth calf, gilt, The first edition in English of this informal narrative of the Uranie voyage, the great French expedition to Australia and the.....
A priest of Guam takes his ease during the Freycinet visitOriginal ink drawing, 310 x 245 mm., fully signed and dated, framed. Jacques Arago, artist on board Freycinet's Uranie during the French circumnavigation of 1817-20, drew this intimate portrait of the priest in Agana, the capital of.....