Voyage autour du monde… Navigation et Hydrographie…
Voyage autour du monde, entrepris par ordre du Roi… executé sur les corvettes de S.M. l'Uranie et la Physicienne, pendant les années 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820… Navigation et Hydrographie…

Paris: chez Pillet aîné, 1826.

Two volumes quarto, text, and large folio atlas containing 22 engraved maps (10 of them double-page); atlas in contemporary Scandinavian quarter calf with decorated paper sides, the text volumes uncut and mostly unopened in old marbled boards, later black cloth spines and corners; military library crest gilt on all spines.

Freycinet's superb mapping from the Uranie voyage to Australia and the Pacific

The complete hydrographical section of Louis de Freycinet's extraordinary account of his voyage in the Uranie, with its two volumes of text accompanying the large and beautiful atlas of maps. This was an important component of the whole narrative of the voyage which ran to altogether twelve volumes published over two decades. This geographical section is complete in itself and the three volumes appeared together in 1826. The handsome atlas was the last of the four atlases of the 'grand voyage' account to be published. Freycinet was closely involved with every stage of its preparation and the title-page is a remarkable example of 1820s typographical experimentation. Each component of these 'grand voyage' publications could be purchased separately and indeed we often see the navigational or hydrographical atlases of these French voyages on their own as they had a practical navigational use which did not apply to the other volumes.

The complete hydrographical section of Louis de Freycinet's extraordinary account of his voyage in the Uranie, with its two volumes of text accompanying the large and beautiful atlas of maps. This was an important component of the whole narrative of the voyage which ran to altogether twelve volumes published over two decades. This geographical section is complete in itself and the three volumes appeared together in 1826. The handsome atlas was the last of the four atlases of the 'grand voyage' account to be published. Freycinet was closely involved with every stage of its preparation and the title-page is a remarkable example of 1820s typographical experimentation. Each component of these 'grand voyage' publications could be purchased separately and indeed we often see the navigational or hydrographical atlases of these French voyages on their own as they had a practical navigational use which did not apply to the other volumes.

The fine map of Shark Bay in western Australia that opens the atlas is specifically based on information not only from Freycinet's voyage but also from information gathered during the earlier visit of the Baudin voyage. This is followed by maps of Timor and New Guinea, the Caroline and Marianne Islands, and Guam. There are four fine maps of Hawaii: full-page maps of 'Kayakakoua' (=Kailua-Kona Bay), 'Kohaï-haï' (=Kawaihae), and Honolulu, and a half-page map of Lahaina. The two final very detailed maps are of the Falklands where the expedition spent an enforced stay of several months after the wreck of the Uranie. Of note too is the small map of "Ile Rose", the naming of which was one of very few acknowledgements of the clandestine presence of Rose de Freycinet, Louis' wife, on the voyage. Known today as Rose Atoll, and sometimes called Motu O Manu by people of the nearby Manu'a Islands, it is an uninhabited wildlife refuge in American Samoa, in fact the southernmost land belonging to the United States.

Provenance: Danish Defence Library (Det Kongelige Garnisonsbibliotek); released with other duplicates to the Danish book trade after various separate military libraries were merged into one; with their neat stamps on title-pages and elsewhere and bolder stamps on front endpapers; their crest in gilt on spines.

Ferguson 941(n); Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography', 636.

Price (AUD): $15,750.00  other currencies Ref: #4505158