Item #5000411 Aventures les plus curieuses des Voyageurs. Coup d'oeil autour du monde. D'après les relations anciennes et modernes et des documents recueillis sur les lieux. Jacques Bernard HOMBRON.

Aventures les plus curieuses des Voyageurs…
Aventures les plus curieuses des Voyageurs. Coup d'oeil autour du monde. D'après les relations anciennes et modernes et des documents recueillis sur les lieux.

Paris: Belin-Leprieur & Morizot, 1847.

Two volumes, octavo, with a frontispiece in each volume and 38 black & white plates in the text; in fine condition, in contemporary half morocco, crowned cipher on spines.

Long illustrated voyage history, from an aristocratic library

A most attractive copy of this detailed and lengthy illustrated history of the major voyages, including La Pérouse and the third voyage of James Cook with an apparently original version, in both text and illustration, of the "Death of Cook". The second last chapter of the book has a sketch of the natives of New South Wales based on the account of Dumont d'Urville, who visited Australia in 1827. Hombron sailed with Dumont d'Urville as surgeon and naturalist on his second voyage, to the Antarctic.

A most attractive copy of this detailed and lengthy illustrated history of the major voyages, including La Pérouse and the third voyage of James Cook with an apparently original version, in both text and illustration, of the "Death of Cook". The second last chapter of the book has a sketch of the natives of New South Wales based on the account of Dumont d'Urville, who visited Australia in 1827. Hombron sailed with Dumont d'Urville as surgeon and naturalist on his second voyage, to the Antarctic.

This compendious work details the history of voyaging and, as commonly, gravitates towards tales of wreck and ruin. As might be expected in a French work, there is a great deal on La Pérouse, including sections on his battles in Hudson Bay, his stay at Monterey in California, and his death at Vanikoro. Also present are chapters on, to name but a few, Alexander Selkirk marooned on Juan Fernandez, Bougainville's visit to Tahiti, and the discovery of New Zealand.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Ferguson, 4543aa; not in Beddie; not in Forbes.

Price (AUD): $1,725.00

US$1,163.90   Other currencies

Ref: #5000411