Voyage 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. BAUDIN, François PERON, Louis FREYCINET.
Voyage 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.
Voyage 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.
Voyage 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.
Voyage 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.
Voyage 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.
Voyage 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.
Voyage 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.
Voyage 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.

Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes…
Voyage 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.

Paris: Imprimerie Impériale [Royale], 1807-1816.

Three volumes, small and large quarto; the two-volume text with portrait frontispiece and two folding tables; the two-part large quarto atlas (bound in one volume) containing 40 plates (23 coloured and two folding) and 14 maps (two double-page and folding); French half maroon roan and contemporary glazed boards.

The Baudin voyage to Australia and the Pacific

The official account of the important Baudin voyage to Australia and the Pacific, including a wonderful series of images of people and places, among them a famous suite of portraits of Australian Aborigines, and including among its maps the earliest published complete map of Australia. The well-equipped Baudin expedition was one of the great French voyages of discovery, and made significant visits to Western Australia, Tasmania and Sydney. The coastal explorations are commemorated by numerous place-names along the Australian coast.

The official account of the important Baudin voyage to Australia and the Pacific, including a wonderful series of images of people and places, among them a famous suite of portraits of Australian Aborigines, and including among its maps the earliest published complete map of Australia. The well-equipped Baudin expedition was one of the great French voyages of discovery, and made significant visits to Western Australia, Tasmania and Sydney. The coastal explorations are commemorated by numerous place-names along the Australian coast.
Baudin's voyage, commissioned by Napoleon, was, like that of Flinders, intended to make a detailed examination of the Australian continent. The contemporaneous French and English voyages crossed paths in their explorations, famously meeting at Encounter Bay in South Australia in 1802. Despite their spirit of co-operation, it would ironically be the French action in holding Flinders prisoner on Mauritius for six years that delayed publication of Flinders' map of the continent and allowed the French to publish the first such complete and detailed chart. Sometimes said to have been at least partly based on Flinders' charts and papers seized by the French, this is one of the most beautiful, as well as one of the most famous of all maps of Australia.
Baudin himself died in the course of the voyage, and the narrative of the expedition begun by Péron, the expedition's naturalist, was completed by Louis de Freycinet after Péron's death. Freycinet's brother Henri was responsible for much of the mapping. Louis de Freycinet would go on to command his own famous expedition some fifteen years later. The exceptional illustrations are mostly by the remarkable artists Petit and Lesueur: "Lesueur's scientific work runs parallel to artistic work of great importance. He was at one and the same time draughtsman and painter, naturalist and landscape artist. His talent was recognised in France in his own lifetime, by the award… of the silver medal of the Société des Beaux-Arts…" (Baudin in Australian Waters, p. 26). As well as the detailed imagery and scientific record, the expedition brought back some 100,000 natural history specimens (as against around 4000 collected by the Flinders voyage). Numerous live animals and plants were collected for Josephine's celebrated estate at Malmaison, and the vignette on the title-page of the book shows emus, black swans and kangaroos under gum trees in the Empress' garden.
A section on the hydrography of the voyage, separately published and actually distributed by a different bookseller, is sometimes added to this narrative to form a larger set. However the format offered here is how the publication is normally seen with two volumes of text and two parts of the atlas, often referred to as the "general reader's set".

Ferguson, 449; Hill, 1329; Wantrup, 78a & 79a.

Price (AUD): $44,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4311663

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