Voyage dans les mers de l'Inde, fait par ordre du Roi, a l'occasion du Passage de Vénus, sur le Disque du Soleil, le 6 juin 1761, & le 3 du même mois 1769…. Guillaume Joseph Hyacinthe Jean-Baptiste LE GENTIL DE LA GALAISIERE.
Voyage dans les mers de l'Inde, fait par ordre du Roi, a l'occasion du Passage de Vénus, sur le Disque du Soleil, le 6 juin 1761, & le 3 du même mois 1769…
Voyage dans les mers de l'Inde, fait par ordre du Roi, a l'occasion du Passage de Vénus, sur le Disque du Soleil, le 6 juin 1761, & le 3 du même mois 1769…

Voyage dans les mers de l'Inde, fait par ordre du Roi, a l'occasion du Passage de Vénus…
Voyage dans les mers de l'Inde, fait par ordre du Roi, a l'occasion du Passage de Vénus, sur le Disque du Soleil, le 6 juin 1761, & le 3 du même mois 1769…

Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1779-1781.

Two volumes, quarto, with altogether 27 folding engraved plates and maps; contemporary French marbled calf, spines ornately gilt in compartments between raised bands.

Scientific voyage to the East Indies and the Indian Ocean

First edition, in two volumes published two years apart, of the narrative of an important astronomical expedition to the southern hemisphere. Le Gentil (1725-1792) studied under the astronomer Delisle and subsequently assisted Cassini, his abilities leading to his appointment to observe the 1761 transit of Venus from Pondicherry. Hostilities between the French and British prevented that and he was ordered to stay in the area for the 1769 transit (for which Cook went to Tahiti). He spent the eight years exploring and charting the area, especially Madagascar, and penetrated into the Pacific as far as the Philippines.

First edition, in two volumes published two years apart, of the narrative of an important astronomical expedition to the southern hemisphere. Le Gentil (1725-1792) studied under the astronomer Delisle and subsequently assisted Cassini, his abilities leading to his appointment to observe the 1761 transit of Venus from Pondicherry. Hostilities between the French and British prevented that and he was ordered to stay in the area for the 1769 transit (for which Cook went to Tahiti). He spent the eight years exploring and charting the area, especially Madagascar, and penetrated into the Pacific as far as the Philippines.

The results of his eight-year surveys proved to be of great importance and his book is one of the crucial descriptions of the Indian Ocean, the sub-continent and neighbouring islands, and particularly of the Philippines in the eighteenth century. It has never been translated into English.

The 27 folding plates illustrate both astronomy and topography, with a view of Pondichery and a map of its surroundings, as well as numerous maps including his route from Manila to Pondicherry, the Straits of Malacca, Manila and the Philippines, and the Madagascar coasts, as well as images of monuments and religious locations, as well as natural history.

Chadenat II, 6340; Brunet III, 940 ; Quérard V, 95.

Condition Report: In excellent condition.

Price (AUD): $9,000.00

US$6,229.53   Other currencies

Ref: #5000349

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