Item #5000384 Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769 South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names… To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Sp aniards in the same seas. Charles Pierre Claret de FLEURIEU.
Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769 South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names… To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Sp aniards in the same seas.
Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769 South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names… To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Sp aniards in the same seas.

Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769 South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names… To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Sp…
Discoveries of the French in 1768 & 1769 South-East of New Guinea, with the subsequent visits to the same lands by English Navigators, who gave them new names… To which is prefixed, an historical abridgment of the voyages and discoveries of the Sp aniards in the same seas.

London: John Stockdale, 1791.

Quarto, with 12 charts (a few stains, one offset and one worn at fold); a very large copy, edges completely uncut, in the original marbled boards, backed in sheep by Aquarius in 18th-century style.

The state of play in 1790: French and British voyages compared, and still no news of La Pérouse

First English edition of the great work on the French discovery of the Solomon Islands, and a direct result of the voyage of the First Fleet to New South Wales: the French original was issued in 1790.

First English edition of the great work on the French discovery of the Solomon Islands, and a direct result of the voyage of the First Fleet to New South Wales: the French original was issued in 1790.

Phillip's Voyage to Botany Bay, published in 1789, had included the journal of Lt. Shortland on his return voyage in the Alexander transport from Botany Bay to England, during which he coasted along a group of large islands which he named "New Georgia". Fleurieu, writing in a period of intense international rivalry over Pacific discoveries, denies that discovery and promotes those of Louis de Bougainville and Jean de Surville. He draws on unpublished manuscripts as well as the printed narratives of Cook, Bougainville, Phillip, Mendana, Quirós and others.

There are also interesting comments on the La Pérouse voyage. Fleurieu announces the receipt of journals from as far as Botany Bay, and in discussing the Great Ocean Chart (a fragment of which is published here), says publication is to be delayed until his later discoveries can be inserted. The translator of this edition notes that the explorer had still not turned up and "the apprehension for his loss increases daily".

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Beddie, 1302-3; Hill, p. 105; Kroepelien, 437.

Price (AUD): $6,500.00

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