Item #5000447 Viaje Político-Científico alrededor del Mundo por las Corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida al mando de los Capitanes de Navío D. Alejandro Malaspina y Don José Bustamante y Guerra desde 1789 á 1794… Segunda edición. [Political-Scientific trip around the world by the corvettes Descubierta and Atrevida under the command of the Ship Captains D. Alejandro Malaspina and Don José Bustamante y Guerra from 1789 to 1794]. MALASPINA, Pedro de NOVO Y. COLSON.
Viaje Político-Científico alrededor del Mundo por las Corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida al mando de los Capitanes de Navío D. Alejandro Malaspina y Don José Bustamante y Guerra desde 1789 á 1794… Segunda edición. [Political-Scientific trip around the world by the corvettes Descubierta and Atrevida under the command of the Ship Captains D. Alejandro Malaspina and Don José Bustamante y Guerra from 1789 to 1794].
Viaje Político-Científico alrededor del Mundo por las Corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida al mando de los Capitanes de Navío D. Alejandro Malaspina y Don José Bustamante y Guerra desde 1789 á 1794… Segunda edición. [Political-Scientific trip around the world by the corvettes Descubierta and Atrevida under the command of the Ship Captains D. Alejandro Malaspina and Don José Bustamante y Guerra from 1789 to 1794].
Viaje Político-Científico alrededor del Mundo por las Corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida al mando de los Capitanes de Navío D. Alejandro Malaspina y Don José Bustamante y Guerra desde 1789 á 1794… Segunda edición. [Political-Scientific trip around the world by the corvettes Descubierta and Atrevida under the command of the Ship Captains D. Alejandro Malaspina and Don José Bustamante y Guerra from 1789 to 1794].
Viaje Político-Científico alrededor del Mundo por las Corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida al mando de los Capitanes de Navío D. Alejandro Malaspina y Don José Bustamante y Guerra desde 1789 á 1794… Segunda edición. [Political-Scientific trip around the world by the corvettes Descubierta and Atrevida under the command of the Ship Captains D. Alejandro Malaspina and Don José Bustamante y Guerra from 1789 to 1794].
Viaje Político-Científico alrededor del Mundo por las Corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida al mando de los Capitanes de Navío D. Alejandro Malaspina y Don José Bustamante y Guerra desde 1789 á 1794… Segunda edición. [Political-Scientific trip around the world by the corvettes Descubierta and Atrevida under the command of the Ship Captains D. Alejandro Malaspina and Don José Bustamante y Guerra from 1789 to 1794].

Viaje Político-Científico alrededor del Mundo por las Corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida…
Viaje Político-Científico alrededor del Mundo por las Corbetas Descubierta y Atrevida al mando de los Capitanes de Navío D. Alejandro Malaspina y Don José Bustamante y Guerra desde 1789 á 1794… Segunda edición. [Political-Scientific trip around the world by the corvettes Descubierta and Atrevida under the command of the Ship Captains D. Alejandro Malaspina and Don José Bustamante y Guerra from 1789 to 1794].

Madrid: Viuda é Hijos de Abienzo, 1885.

Small folio, with a portrait frontispiece, six engraved views, and a folding lithograph map of the expedition's route; the paper slightly browned and brittle from age (as usual); completely uncut and partly unopened, with the original printed yellow front wrapper (torn and repaired) in a simple binding of half brown calf, pebbled cloth sides.

First proper publication, a century later

The first formal publication of the Malaspina expedition to America, Australia and the Pacific in the 1790s. This was one of the major eighteenth-century voyages, ranking in importance with those of Bougainville, Cook and La Pérouse, but which never received the acclaim that it deserved precisely because of the lack of any contemporary publications.

The first formal publication of the Malaspina expedition to America, Australia and the Pacific in the 1790s. This was one of the major eighteenth-century voyages, ranking in importance with those of Bougainville, Cook and La Pérouse, but which never received the acclaim that it deserved precisely because of the lack of any contemporary publications.

Malaspina's voyage was the major Spanish circumnavigation of the eighteenth century. An official account was intended, in the style of the French grands voyages, and the artists and scientists of the expedition worked towards its production, but Malaspina became a victim of Spanish court intrigues and ended up in prison; his narrative of the voyage was suppressed and the full official account was abandoned. Not until 1849 was any account published, and that was by an ensign on the voyage, Francisco Viana, who seems to have settled in Uruguay towards the beginning of the nineteenth century. His book, which was published by his sons, appeared in Montevideo, and is now extremely rare.

Malaspina's own account remained unpublished until almost the centenary of the expedition. This is the second of two editions published in Madrid in 1885 (the only difference between the two appears to be that this version has an index). Its importance to the history of Australia is considerable. The visit to Port Jackson took place barely five years after the first settlement - indeed it is described at some length in one of the "first fleet" books, Collins' Account of the English Colony - and the visitors were welcomed by Grose (in Phillip's absence) and entertained and shown around by Collins, White, Prentice, and Johnston.

For modern treatments of the expedition see particularly The Spanish at Port Jackson (Australian Documentary Facsimile Society, Sydney, 1967) and Voyages of Enlightenment: Malaspina on the Northwest Coast 1791-2 (Oregon Historical Society, 1977). Ferguson's entry for the book is muddled, suggesting that this entirely separate publication is in fact a later edition of the rare Viana narrative.f

Bonifacio del Carril, Monumenta Iconographica, I:36; Cowan, p. 412; Ferguson, 12207; Hill, 1068; Palau, 195860.

Condition Report: Sporadic browning and staining throughout but in decent solid condition; joints of the binding rubbed.

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