An important small archive of correspondence between Duperrey and Admiral Johann Adam von Krusenstern, as copied to Louis de Freycinet, with an important covering letter. Louis-Isidore DUPERREY.
An important small archive of correspondence between Duperrey and Admiral Johann Adam von Krusenstern, as copied to Louis de Freycinet, with an important covering letter.
An important small archive of correspondence between Duperrey and Admiral Johann Adam von Krusenstern, as copied to Louis de Freycinet, with an important covering letter.
An important small archive of correspondence between Duperrey and Admiral Johann Adam von Krusenstern, as copied to Louis de Freycinet, with an important covering letter.
An important small archive of correspondence between Duperrey and Admiral Johann Adam von Krusenstern, as copied to Louis de Freycinet, with an important covering letter.
An important small archive of correspondence between Duperrey and Admiral Johann Adam von Krusenstern, as copied to Louis de Freycinet, with an important covering letter.
An important small archive of correspondence between Duperrey and Admiral Johann Adam von Krusenstern, as copied to Louis de Freycinet, with an important covering letter.

ALS to Freycinet with copies of letters to Krusenstern…
An important small archive of correspondence between Duperrey and Admiral Johann Adam von Krusenstern, as copied to Louis de Freycinet, with an important covering letter.

Paris: 5 February 1838.

Small folio, 18 pp. manuscript, comprising 4 pp. letter to Freycinet and four transcribed letters totalling 14 pp.

Duperrey, Krusenstern and Freycinet: a remarkable voyage correspondence

An exceptional archive of correspondence involving three major Pacific voyagers. Louis-Isidore Duperrey, who had returned from his world voyage in 1825 (results published between 1826 and 1830), writes to his old commander Louis de Freycinet, then still publishing the magnificent account of his world voyage in the Uranie (published between 1824 and 1844). Duperrey had been taken on by Freycinet as second-in-command and marine hydrographer for the Uranie voyage and was subsequently promoted, in 1822 taking his own command, the Coquille, on its circumnavigation (1822-25). Their friendship would end only with Freycinet's death. This remarkable file of correspondence demonstrates how the major explorers remained in close touch and continued passionately involved in all activity and publications concerning the Pacific.

An exceptional archive of correspondence involving three major Pacific voyagers. Louis-Isidore Duperrey, who had returned from his world voyage in 1825 (results published between 1826 and 1830), writes to his old commander Louis de Freycinet, then still publishing the magnificent account of his world voyage in the Uranie (published between 1824 and 1844). Duperrey had been taken on by Freycinet as second-in-command and marine hydrographer for the Uranie voyage and was subsequently promoted, in 1822 taking his own command, the Coquille, on its circumnavigation (1822-25). Their friendship would end only with Freycinet's death. This remarkable file of correspondence demonstrates how the major explorers remained in close touch and continued passionately involved in all activity and publications concerning the Pacific.
Duperrey writes to Freycinet that after telling his old commander about his correspondence with the Russian explorer Krusenstern, partly regarding the voyages of Beechey and Lütke and about details of discoveries in the Pacific, he realised that he should copy them for Freycinet. He gives some further explanation of his letter to Krusenstern regarding Lütke's voyage and invites Freycinet to compare the map of the Caroline Islands he drew in 1826 for the atlas of the Voyage de la Coquille with the amended map he drew in 1830 based on Lütke's reported results: through complex calculations, he has succeeded in establishing a reliable map, turning Lütke's "discoveries" into mere corrections.
He refers to a map of the "mouvement des eaux à la surface de la mer dans le Grand Océan austral" which he presented to the Académie des Sciences in 1831, which he follows with a long discussion of ocean currents and their impact on temperatures, concluding with a manuscript table of intensity measures that he recorded in 1824.
Duperrey attaches four autograph copies of his letters to Krusenstern. These are wide-ranging but begin by discussing these specific subjects noted:
1 - Paris, 2 July 1836, 6 pages; Duperrey claims priority for his 1821 discovery of Oualan Island in the Carolines, against claims by the explorer Lütke. The letter ends with two long notes to Freycinet.
2 - Paris, 6 July 1836, 4 pages; Duperrey presents his point of view on the names of newly discovered Pacific Islands, and their pronunciation.
3 - Paris, 18 July 1836, 6 pages; controversy with Beechey and Krusenstern over the island of Clermont-Tonnerre in the Pomotu Archipelago.
4 - Paris, 18 July 1836, 2 pages; Duperrey rectifies errors made by Captain Wilson regarding the position of some Pacific islands.
A full schedule and discussion of contents is available on request.

Provenance: Freycinet family archives at Chateau de Laage, with their stamp; the archive dispersed chiefly during the 1970s/1980s; private collection (Sydney).

Price (AUD): $48,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504795

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