Item #5000369 Voyage du Gouverneur Phillip à Botany-Bay. Avec une description de l'établissement des Colonies du port Jackson et de l'île Norfolk. Arthur PHILLIP.
Voyage du Gouverneur Phillip à Botany-Bay. Avec une description de l'établissement des Colonies du port Jackson et de l'île Norfolk.

Voyage du gouverneur Phillip a Botany-Bay.
Voyage du Gouverneur Phillip à Botany-Bay. Avec une description de l'établissement des Colonies du port Jackson et de l'île Norfolk.

Paris: chez Buisson, 1791.

Octavo, a fine copy in contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands, red label.

From the library at Château de La Roche-Guyon

First French edition of Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay, which includes a lengthy description of the Bounty mutiny.

First French edition of Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay, which includes a lengthy description of the Bounty mutiny.

The anonymous translation for this unusual volume was the work of A.L. Millin, who took advantage of the two years that had elapsed since the publication of the English edition in 1789, supplementing the account with a great variety of relevant material. Indeed, his "Remarques Diverses" occupy almost a quarter of the book, including a lengthy notice of Captain Riou's ill-fated voyage on the Guardian, a brief mention of the voyage of Meares including a letter he sent to his fellow captain Colnett, and some "anecdotes" relating to Governor Phillip.

By far the most substantial addendum, however, is a substantial translation into French of the events of the mutiny on the Bounty, evidently loosely based on the London Narrative which was published one year prior to this edition (it does appear to be a new translation, perhaps based on an abridged popular version of the mutiny. The account is not simply a reprinting of the French edition Relation de l'Enlèvement du Navire le Bounty). Here, for example, Fletcher Christian is said to have replied to Bligh with the fabulously elevated phrase, 'laissez-moi, capitaine Bligh, l'enfer est dans mon cœur'.

Known to Ferguson in just three copies; though it has since been acquired by a few other libraries it is not often offered for sale.

Provenance: Duc de la Rochefoucauld (with the small library-stamp); Sotheby's Monaco, 9 Dec 1987, Bibliothèque du Château de La Roche-Guyon; private collection (Sydney).

Crittenden, 'A Bibliography of the First Fleet', 188; Ferguson, 112; Kroepelien, 1254; not in Spence; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection; O'Reilly-Reitman, 599.

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