Item #5000305 Australie. Voyage autour du monde… ouvrage enrichi de cartes et de photographies. Ludovic BEAUVOIR, Marquis de.
Australie. Voyage autour du monde… ouvrage enrichi de cartes et de photographies.
Australie. Voyage autour du monde… ouvrage enrichi de cartes et de photographies.

Australie. Voyage autour du monde… ouvrage enrichi de cartes et de photographies.

Paris: 1869.

Octavo, with two actual photographs, one as frontispiece, and two large folding maps; a fine copy, edges rough-trimmed only, original printed wrappers preserved, in quarter polished pale calf, spine gilt with double labels, by Zaehnsdorf with their stamp.

Fine presentation copy of the scarce first edition, with two actual photographs

A fine presentation copy, with an elegant autograph inscription from the author to the Duc d'Alençon. The two tipped in albumen print photographs are significant as early real portraits of two First Nations figures, King Tatambo and Queen Susan of the Murray River area in northwest Victoria.

A fine presentation copy, with an elegant autograph inscription from the author to the Duc d'Alençon. The two tipped in albumen print photographs are significant as early real portraits of two First Nations figures, King Tatambo and Queen Susan of the Murray River area in northwest Victoria.

This is the scarce first edition (not recorded by Ferguson, who notes only the second and numerous later editions) of this well-written account of a long visit to Australia. It proved very popular, being published in at least a dozen editions and translated into English.

The Marquis de Beauvoir arrived in Melbourne in 1866, and travelled extensively in Australia, trekking overland through the eastern states and Van Diemen's Land, and going the entire length of the east coast, heading for Malaya by way of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait. He includes particularly good material on the Victorian goldfields, especially around Ballarat and Bendigo, but there is also a lively account of Melbourne, some thoughtful comments on meetings with First Nations people in the bush, and a lengthy digression on the Burke and Wills expedition.

Provenance: Duc d'Alençon (presented to him by Beauvoir).

This first edition not in Ferguson (later editions from 6838 to 6846).

Price (AUD): $1,600.00

US$1,114.89   Other currencies

Ref: #5000305