Souvenirs d'un Aveugle. Voyage autour du monde… Chasses. Drame.
Souvenirs d'un Aveugle. Voyage autour du monde… Chasses. Drame.
Souvenirs d'un Aveugle. Voyage autour du monde… Chasses. Drame.

Souvenirs d'un Aveugle. Voyage autour du monde… Chasses. Drame.
Souvenirs d'un Aveugle. Voyage autour du monde… Chasses. Drame.

Paris: H.-L. Delloye, 1840.

Large octavo, 15 plates, untrimmed with an early library stamp on the title-page; a handsome copy in polished half calf, spine banded and gilt.

The rare supplementary volume

Fine copy of this unusual addition to his voyage account by the prolific and eccentric Arago, which includes vivid descriptions of the natural history of Australia. The fifteen dramatic plates are all after Arago's own drawings, and include an image of an Australian Aborigine confronted with a rearing Black Snake.

Fine copy of this unusual addition to his voyage account by the prolific and eccentric Arago, which includes vivid descriptions of the natural history of Australia. The fifteen dramatic plates are all after Arago's own drawings, and include an image of an Australian Aborigine confronted with a rearing Black Snake.

A rather good note in the Hill catalogue confirms that this is an unofficial supplement to the 1839 Hortet et Ozanne edition of Arago's Souvenirs d'un aveugle, a richly illustrated account that is "much prized". This is a popular account of hunting from around the world, with each of the sections devoted to a different animal. Two sections are devoted to animals of Australia, the Black Snake (pp. 152-165) and the Kangaroo (pp. 367-379). If anything, Arago's tale of the Black Snake is the more arresting, telling the story of an Aboriginal man bartering with a plantation owner before coming face to face with the snake among the eucalypts. The lengthy description of Sydney and its environs is based, of course, on his own visit when he completed the circumnavigation in the Uranie under the command of Louis de Freycinet.

By the time this version of his book reached the public, the remarkable Arago had lost his sight: hence the new title which he reused for several different works, the Souvenirs d'un aveugle.

With the bookplate of the Comte Polydor de la Rochefoucauld.

Ferguson, 2906aa (in Addenda); Hill, 30 (note); not in Forbes.

Price (AUD): $2,100.00  other currencies     Ref: #3702861