Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769, to the South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names. To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas. Charles Pierre Claret de FLEURIEU.
Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769, to the South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names. To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas.
Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769, to the South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names. To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas.
Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769, to the South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names. To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas.
Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769, to the South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names. To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas.

Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769, to the South-East of New Guinea…
Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769, to the South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names. To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Spaniards in the same seas.

London: John Stockdale, 1791.

Quarto, with 12 folding charts; in contemporary polished half calf, marbled boards.

Count Fleurieu shares a publisher with governor Phillip

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 early history of French exploration in the South Seas, gives accounts of the voyages of Mendaña, Quirós, Carteret, Bougainville, Cook and others. The maps are based on actual discoveries, and used to illustrate Fleurieu's theories, most of which were ultimately proved correct. Fleurieu's important book was also a direct result of the voyage of the First Fleet to New South Wales: Phillip's Voyage, first published in 1789, had included the journal of Lieutenant Shortland on his return voyage in the Alexander transport from Botany Bay to England, during which he coasted along a group of large islands which he named "New Georgia". Fleurieu, writing in a period of intense international rivalry over Pacific discoveries, denies that discovery and promotes those of Louis de Bougainville and Jean de Surville. He draws on unpublished manuscripts as well as the printed narratives of Cook, Quirós, and other explorers.

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 early history of French exploration in the South Seas, gives accounts of the voyages of Mendaña, Quirós, Carteret, Bougainville, Cook and others. The maps are based on actual discoveries, and used to illustrate Fleurieu's theories, most of which were ultimately proved correct. Fleurieu's important book was also a direct result of the voyage of the First Fleet to New South Wales: Phillip's Voyage, first published in 1789, had included the journal of Lieutenant Shortland on his return voyage in the Alexander transport from Botany Bay to England, during which he coasted along a group of large islands which he named "New Georgia". Fleurieu, writing in a period of intense international rivalry over Pacific discoveries, denies that discovery and promotes those of Louis de Bougainville and Jean de Surville. He draws on unpublished manuscripts as well as the printed narratives of Cook, Quirós, and other explorers.
As might be expected given its connection to Governor Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay, this was published by John Stockdale, publisher of both Phillip and of many other works on New South Wales and the First Fleet. There are also interesting comments on the La Pérouse voyage. Fleurieu announces the receipt of journals from as far as Botany Bay, and in discussing the Great Ocean Chart (a fragment of which is published here), says publication is to be delayed until his later discoveries can be inserted.

Beddie, 1302, 1303; Hill, 611; Kroepelien, 437.

Price (AUD): $5,850.00  other currencies     Ref: #3804540

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