Nouveau voyage à la Mer du Sud, commencé sous les ordres de M. Marion, Chevalier de l'Ordre royal & militaire de S. Louis, Capitaine de brûlot; & achevé, après la mort de cet officier, sous ceux de M. le Chevalier Duclesmeur, Garde de la Marine. Cette relation a été rédigée d'après les plans & journaux de M. Crozet. On a joint a ce voyage un extrait de celui de M. de Surville dans les mêmes parages. Julien. ROCHON CROZET, Alexis Marie.
Nouveau voyage à la Mer du Sud, commencé sous les ordres de M. Marion, Chevalier de l'Ordre royal & militaire de S. Louis, Capitaine de brûlot; & achevé, après la mort de cet officier, sous ceux de M. le Chevalier Duclesmeur, Garde de la Marine. Cette relation a été rédigée d'après les plans & journaux de M. Crozet. On a joint a ce voyage un extrait de celui de M. de Surville dans les mêmes parages.

Nouveau Voyage à la Mer du Sud…
Nouveau voyage à la Mer du Sud, commencé sous les ordres de M. Marion, Chevalier de l'Ordre royal & militaire de S. Louis, Capitaine de brûlot; & achevé, après la mort de cet officier, sous ceux de M. le Chevalier Duclesmeur, Garde de la Marine. Cette relation a été rédigée d'après les plans & journaux de M. Crozet. On a joint a ce voyage un extrait de celui de M. de Surville dans les mêmes parages.

Paris: Barrois l'ainé, 1783.

Octavo, with seven engraved plates (including two maps, one of them folding); a fine copy in contemporary French marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments between raised bands.

The first French visit to New Zealand, and second to Australia

First edition of this voyage to the Pacific, the first French visit to New Zealand and the second French visit to Australia, preceded only by Allouarn's brief stop in the West. This is "an exceedingly rare item… seldom available" (Davidson).  An abridged version of Surville's voyage, in which he reached the New Zealand coast and just missed meeting Cook, appears at the end of the volume.

First edition of this voyage to the Pacific, the first French visit to New Zealand and the second French visit to Australia, preceded only by Allouarn's brief stop in the West. This is "an exceedingly rare item… seldom available" (Davidson).  An abridged version of Surville's voyage, in which he reached the New Zealand coast and just missed meeting Cook, appears at the end of the volume.

The expedition, initially under the command of Marion du Fresne, originally set out as a deliberate sequel to Bougainville's, including the plan of returning Mayoa (as Aoutourou had renamed himself), brought to France by Bougainville, to his Tahitian homeland; however he died on the voyage. Their other instructions were to search for "Terra Australis": they actually discovered the Crozet Islands, visited Tasmania, exploring and mapping some of its southern coast and making the first French contact with the Tasmanian Aborigines. They then made a lengthy stay in New Zealand, where after the massacre at the Bay of Islands (when the commander and about twenty other members of the voyage were killed by Maoris) Crozet took over the command. Unaware of Cook's priority, the French laid claim to both Tasmania and New Zealand. 'Crozet's narrative, apart from the drama of its story, has much careful observation on Maori life and custom and, with the reports of Cook and his officers, was virtually the only source material available for 40 years…' (New Zealand National Bibliography).

The book also includes as a postscript the first printed account of the earlier voyage of Jean-François de Surville, in which De Surville's ship reached the New Zealand coast and in fact just missed meeting Cook in the Endeavour. At that point De Surville and Cook were the first European visitors to New Zealand since Tasman's charting of part of the coastline in 1642. The only other early account of the De Surville voyage was published some time later (Monneron, Voyage des Indes au Perou, Paris, 1791).

Edited by the Abbé Rochon, the main part of the book gives the only original printed account of the expedition of Marion-Dufresne, commanded by Crozet after his captain's death. This was the only form in which the voyage was published; it did not appear in English until H. Ling Roth's translation of 1891.

The engravings that illustrate the work include four fine portraits of Maoris as well as a folding map of De Surville's discoveries and small maps of Marion-Dufresne's discoveries both in New Zealand and Tasmania.

Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 98-99; Hill, 401; Hocken, pp. 21-22; Kroepelien, 1104; NZNB, 1502.

Condition Report: In fine condition.

Price (AUD): $14,500.00

US$10,036.46   Other currencies

Ref: #5000390

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