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. Atlas…. Louis Claude de Saulces de FREYCINET.
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. Atlas…
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. Atlas…

Voyage autour du monde… Navigation et Hydrographie. Atlas…
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. Atlas…

Paris: chez Pillet aîné, 1826.

Large folio, with 22 engraved maps (10 of them double-page); contemporary French quarter calf and marbled sides, spine renewed.

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

The handsome hydrographical atlas of Louis de Freycinet's voyage in the Uranie, the last of the four atlases of the 'grand voyage' account published between 1824 and 1844, which altogether ran to eight quarto volumes and four folios. Freycinet was very closely involved with every stage of its preparation: 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 handsome hydrographical atlas of Louis de Freycinet's voyage in the Uranie, the last of the four atlases of the 'grand voyage' account published between 1824 and 1844, which altogether ran to eight quarto volumes and four folios. Freycinet was very closely involved with every stage of its preparation: 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 acknowledgments 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: Jean Jacques Baptiste Cauvin, curé of Sceaux (his signature on endpaper and gothic decorated stamp on title-page; his ownership inscription appears in a similar atlas from the Duperrey voyage offered for sale by Donald Heald in 2018 -- ref #24369).

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

Price (AUD): $17,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504207

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