Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume. FREYCINET, Jacques ARAGO.
Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.
Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.
Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.
Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.
Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.
Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.
Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.
Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.

Promenade Autour du Monde par J. Arago. Atlas volume.

Paris: Leblanc, 1822.

Folio, with an engraved world map and 25 lithograph views; uncut; original boards, as issued, with the publisher's printed label.

The splendid atlas volume to Jacques Arago's published account of his voyage to Australia and the Pacific with the Freycinet expedition of 1817-1820.

The splendid atlas volume to Jacques Arago's published account of his voyage to Australia and the Pacific with the Freycinet expedition of 1817-1820.

Published in 1822, Arago's illustrated narrative preceded the official account by two years; and went on to become one of the best-selling voyage books of the nineteenth-century. Davidson comments that 'The text volumes are scarce and the atlas rare'.

Arago (1790-1855) was the official artist on Freycinet's voyage, and is known for the witty and caustic account he later wrote as much as for his fine sketches. Arago was the third of four brothers who excelled in diverse professions, the most notable being his eldest brother François, the scientist and politician. Arago's undoubted artistic ability attracted the attention of the naval authorities who chose him for the demanding role of draughtsman for the Freycinet expedition. By all accounts a charming, gregarious and eccentric man, these attributes stood him in good stead during the voyage, and are reflected in the sketches he made.

The atlas volume is remarkable for its suite of 25 expertly lithographed plates. They include two Australian Aboriginal studies, a landscape in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney Town, Hawaiian scenes and portraits, native rituals of the Pacific and archaic ruins encountered in the Marianas.

Borba de Moraes p. 44; Hill 28; Forbes, 'Hawaiian National Bibliography' 537.

Price (AUD): $4,850.00  other currencies Ref: #4401843

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