Item #5000285 Histoire de L'Expédition de Trois Vaisseaux. Envoyées par la Compagnie des Indes Occidentales des Provinces-Unies, aux Terres Australes en MDCCXXI… Par Monsieur de B * * *…. Carl Friedrich BEHRENS.
Histoire de L'Expédition de Trois Vaisseaux. Envoyées par la Compagnie des Indes Occidentales des Provinces-Unies, aux Terres Australes en MDCCXXI… Par Monsieur de B * * *…

Histoire de l'expedition de trois vaisseaux… aux Terres Australes…
Histoire de L'Expédition de Trois Vaisseaux. Envoyées par la Compagnie des Indes Occidentales des Provinces-Unies, aux Terres Australes en MDCCXXI… Par Monsieur de B * * *…

The Hague: la Compagnie, 1739.

Two vols in one, small octavo; half-titles present, titles in black and red; contemporary half calf, double labels on the spine.

Easter Island and Samoa

Rare account of the Roggeveen voyage, one of the most important of the Dutch voyages, ranking with those of Le Maire, Schouten and Tasman. It set out to rediscover the part of Terra Australis which Quirós had led the exploring world to believe existed, but in fact added substantially to the Dutch record of Polynesian discoveries, with Easter Island and Samoa described here for the first time. There were altogether three contemporary narrative versions of the voyage, in Dutch, French and German: all are rare. This first French - and generally preferred - edition of Behrens's account was based on the 1737 German version, and very likely translated by Behrens himself, who travelled under Roggeveen as commander of marines, though some authorities have attributed the translation to De Brosses.

Rare account of the Roggeveen voyage, one of the most important of the Dutch voyages, ranking with those of Le Maire, Schouten and Tasman. It set out to rediscover the part of Terra Australis which Quirós had led the exploring world to believe existed, but in fact added substantially to the Dutch record of Polynesian discoveries, with Easter Island and Samoa described here for the first time. There were altogether three contemporary narrative versions of the voyage, in Dutch, French and German: all are rare. This first French - and generally preferred - edition of Behrens's account was based on the 1737 German version, and very likely translated by Behrens himself, who travelled under Roggeveen as commander of marines, though some authorities have attributed the translation to De Brosses.

Roggeveen crossed the Pacific from the east at the head of a three-vessel expedition with largely commercial objectives. He specifically sought the fabled continent of Terra Australis, which the English privateer Captain Edward Davis claimed to have sighted in 1680. It did not materialise, but on April 5th 1722 Roggeveen landed at the previously uncharted island which he christened l'isle de Paques (Easter Island). They were the first recorded European visitors to the island and the detailed description of the inhabitants, their extraordinary idols and their way of life while still uninfluenced by European visitors is most significant. The expedition later went on to discover some of the outer islands of the Samoan group.

Although the voyage failed in its primary objective it provided strong motivation for the authorities who sent Captain Cook out on his first voyage forty-six years later. "Sunday 13th (March 1774). In stretching in for the land we discovered people and those Monuments or Idols mentioned by the Authors of Roggeveen Voyage which left us no room to doubt but it was Easter Island" (Cook's Journal of the Resolution & Adventure, Beaglehole II p.338).

Barbier, II/685-6; Borba de Moraes, 95; James Ford Bell, B149; Kroepelien, 70; Mackaness ('Art of Book-collecting'), pp. 41-2; O'Reilly-Reitman, 230; Taylor, 77; Tiele, 933n.

Condition Report: The papered sides rubbed, but a very nice copy.

Price (AUD): $11,000.00

US$7,112.50   Other currencies

Ref: #5000285

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