Item #5000458 Souvenirs d'un Amiral par le contre-amiral Jurien de la Gravière. D'ENTRECASTEAUX, Pierre Roch JURIEN DE LA GRAVIERE.
Souvenirs d'un Amiral par le contre-amiral Jurien de la Gravière.

Souvenirs d'un Amiral par le contre-amiral Jurien de la Gravière.

Paris: L. Hachette, 1860.

Two volumes bound in one, duodecimo; small oval library blind-stamps on titles; in a good modern binding of half dark calf.

A rear admiral remembers the D'Entrecasteaux expedition

First edition; although twice reprinted (1872, 1882) this original issue is a scarce publication of the memoirs of a French naval high-up who had sailed on the D'Entrecasteaux expedition in the 1790s. Most of the first volume contains Jurien de la Gravière's memoirs of the expedition in search of La Pérouse. Rising from the ranks to finish his career as a rear Admiral and a senior figure in the French naval establishment, Jurien de la Gravière's son Edmond who edited this posthumous autobiographical memoir, also a rear Admiral, published numerous works of naval history.

First edition; although twice reprinted (1872, 1882) this original issue is a scarce publication of the memoirs of a French naval high-up who had sailed on the D'Entrecasteaux expedition in the 1790s. Most of the first volume contains Jurien de la Gravière's memoirs of the expedition in search of La Pérouse. Rising from the ranks to finish his career as a rear Admiral and a senior figure in the French naval establishment, Jurien de la Gravière's son Edmond who edited this posthumous autobiographical memoir, also a rear Admiral, published numerous works of naval history.

Ferguson could only describe the book from an entry in a Francis Edwards catalogue of 1958, and it seems to have escaped the attention of McLaren for his bibliography of La Pérouse and the expeditions in search of him.

Ferguson, 10052.

Condition Report: A few light stains at the start of the second volume, but very good.

Price (AUD): $2,400.00

US$1,616.46   Other currencies

Ref: #5000458

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