Item #5000335 Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826. Hyacinthe Y. P. P. de BOUGAINVILLE.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.

Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance…
Journal de la navigation autour du globe de la frégate La Thétis et de la corvette l'Esperance, pendant les années 1824, 1825, et 1826.

Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1837.

Two volumes, quarto, text, with folio atlas; 56 engraved or lithograph plates and maps in the atlas, many coloured by hand; an excellent set in handsome French period romantique binding of quarter blue polished calf, flat spines lettered and decorated in gilt, marbled sides with blue calf tips to the corners.

Rare official narrative of this French circumnavigation, with superb illustrations

Hyacinthe de Bougainville, son of the great eighteenth-century navigator, sailed as an eighteen-year-old ensign on the Baudin voyage. After distinguished service in the Napoleonic Wars, he was given command of the Thétis, only the second French frigate to be commissioned for a circumnavigation, the first having been his father's ship the Boudeuse. The expedition's most important visit was to Sydney where they stayed three months. Having been given secret orders to report on the defence capabilities of British settlements, the French officers travelled as widely as possible within the colony. Their investigations of Botany Bay, Camden, the Warragamba River and the Blue Mountains are well recorded in Bougainville's diaries (translated by Marc Serge Rivière as The Governor's Noble Guest, Miegunyah Press, 1999). The voyage took more than two years and as well as the long stay in Sydney they visited amongst other places Pondicherry, Manila, Macao, Surabaya, Valparaiso and Rio de Janeiro. Bougainville returned to France with a fine collection of natural history specimens, and the official account of the voyage was handsomely published in this form after a delay of some 11 years.

Hyacinthe de Bougainville, son of the great eighteenth-century navigator, sailed as an eighteen-year-old ensign on the Baudin voyage. After distinguished service in the Napoleonic Wars, he was given command of the Thétis, only the second French frigate to be commissioned for a circumnavigation, the first having been his father's ship the Boudeuse. The expedition's most important visit was to Sydney where they stayed three months. Having been given secret orders to report on the defence capabilities of British settlements, the French officers travelled as widely as possible within the colony. Their investigations of Botany Bay, Camden, the Warragamba River and the Blue Mountains are well recorded in Bougainville's diaries (translated by Marc Serge Rivière as The Governor's Noble Guest, Miegunyah Press, 1999). The voyage took more than two years and as well as the long stay in Sydney they visited amongst other places Pondicherry, Manila, Macao, Surabaya, Valparaiso and Rio de Janeiro. Bougainville returned to France with a fine collection of natural history specimens, and the official account of the voyage was handsomely published in this form after a delay of some 11 years.

The major purpose of the expedition was political and strategic, and Bougainville's first report of 1826 gave the French government a survey of colonial possessions in Asia and of the military strength of Manila; as well as accounts of Singapore, the Australian colonies, and Spanish America. Bougainville's advice was taken into account in the development of French strategy and diplomacy in the Pacific during the 19th century.

The fine plates in the atlas include a number of Australian views which are not generally as well known as the images from other French voyages of the 19th century. Almost one-third of the 56 superb lithograph plates concern Australia, as follows:

New South Wales lithograph views, all after Edmond de la Touanne

11. Fort Macquarie sur la Pointe Est de l'Anse Sidney (Fort Macquarie, demolished in 1901 and now the site of the Sydney Opera House)

12. Vue prise dans les Jardins du Gouvernement à Sidney (present-day Conservatorium of Music, the only surviving gothic building by the colonial architect Greenway, originally the stables for Government House)

13. Monument élevé à la mémoire de La Pérouse par Mr. de Bougainville en 1825 (the monument to La Pérouse erected by Bougainville beside Father Reçeveur's grave at present-day La Perouse)

14. Confluent de la Nepean et du Waragamba (the confluence of the Nepean and Warragamba rivers near Wallacia, to the west of Sydney)

15. Sommet de la Cataracte Bougainville sur la route de Sidney à Bathurst dans les montagnes bleues (Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains)

16. Cours de la Nepean, au dessous de l'habitation M Mac-Arthur (a bend in the river near Camden Park)

17. Têtes et Groupe de Sauvages du Camden-Shire (two portraits and an illustration of First Nations people at an encampment in the Camden area)

New South Wales natural history lithographs by P. Bessa or M. Prêtre, all coloured

36. Roussette à tête cendrée (Grey-headed flying fox, or Fruit bat)

37. Halmature Thétis (Red-necked pademelon, marsupial)

38. Dasyure viverrin (Eastern quoll, now extinct in eastern Australia, though surviving in Tasmania)

39. Callocéphale austral (Gang-gang cockatoo, male)

40. Callocéphale austral (Gang-gang cockatoo, female)

41. Moucherolle austral (Yellow robin, forest passerine)

43. Gymnodactyle phyllure (Phyllurus gecko)

46. Busseuillie de Botany-Bay (Common pipewort)

Maps

52. Plan du Port Jackson (double-page chart with extensive soundings; Shark Island is captioned "Ile Rose"; the text explains that certain errors in Hunter's original charting are corrected).

54. Vue de la Ville de Sidney au Port Jackson (longitudinal image of the settlement in a group of coastal profiles)

56. Superb large double-page and further folding world map with Australia at centre and showing the routes of the expedition as well as that of Bougainville senior in 1766-69

Ferguson, 2236; Hill, 162; Sabin, 6875.

Condition Report: Several double-page maps placed upside down by the original binder; a few light spots mainly marginal; a fine set.

Price (AUD): $32,500.00

US$21,014.19   Other currencies

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