Item #5000452 Voyages autour du monde, et vers les deux Pôles par terre et par mer, pendant les années 1767… 1776…. Pierre-Marie François de PAGES.
Voyages autour du monde, et vers les deux Pôles par terre et par mer, pendant les années 1767… 1776…

Voyages autour du monde, et vers les deux Pôles par terre et par mer, pendant les années 1767… 1776…

Paris: chez Moutard, 1782.

Two volumes, octavo, with ten folding maps and plates; a fine copy in contemporary French marbled calf gilt.

Sailing towards two Poles

A fine set of the rare first edition: the original account of Pagès's travels, of special interest for the second volume which recounts his voyage in the Indian Ocean in search of a Southern Continent as part of the second, disastrous, Kerguelen expedition of 1773-74. Pagès would be an important witness in his commander's subsequent court-martial for the events surrounding the dismasting of the Rolland during a storm. This second volume also describes Pagès's experiences on a whaling voyage north of Spitzbergen in 1776, which includes much information on whaling and the natural history of the whale.

A fine set of the rare first edition: the original account of Pagès's travels, of special interest for the second volume which recounts his voyage in the Indian Ocean in search of a Southern Continent as part of the second, disastrous, Kerguelen expedition of 1773-74. Pagès would be an important witness in his commander's subsequent court-martial for the events surrounding the dismasting of the Rolland during a storm. This second volume also describes Pagès's experiences on a whaling voyage north of Spitzbergen in 1776, which includes much information on whaling and the natural history of the whale.

Born in Toulouse, Pagès had an incredible career in the French navy, including several years spent travelling in Texas and Mexico (his account is considered one of the more important early works on Texas particularly, and indeed the English translation of 1791 is thought to be the oldest description of the Lone Star State in an English-language book). After returning to France via the Far East and his appointment to the debacle that was the second Kerguelen expedition, he joined another expedition sailing towards the North Pole in 1776. A veteran of the American Revolutionary War he "retired from the navy in 1782 and, returning to Saint-Domingue, settled on an estate belonging to his wife, a creole. His final years were devoted to scientific research, and at the time of his death he had in preparation a number of important works on America… He was unfortunately murdered during the insurrection of the slaves in 1793. The veracity of some or all of his journeys has been regarded by bibliographers with suspicion, but, needless to say, his Voyage autour du Monde made very popular reading" (Howgego).

Hill, 1285 (later English edition only); Spence, 887.

Price (AUD): $6,250.00

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