Item #5000461 Journal d'un Voyage Autour du Monde, pendant les annees 1816, 1817, 1818 et 1819. Camille de ROQUEFEUIL.
Journal d'un Voyage Autour du Monde, pendant les annees 1816, 1817, 1818 et 1819.
Journal d'un Voyage Autour du Monde, pendant les annees 1816, 1817, 1818 et 1819.

Journal d'un Voyage Autour du Monde, pendant les annees 1816, 1817, 1818 et 1819.

Paris: Ponthieu, Lesage et Gide, 1823.

Two volumes, octavo, with two folding maps; a fine set in quarter calf.

The first official French voyage after Baudin

First edition of the only account of this, the first official French voyage after Baudin. Roquefeuil's ship, the Bordelais, visited the Pacific and the Northwest coast of America. A very scarce book: this is the first of two editions in French. An abridged translation into English appeared in the same year and the extensive Californian section appeared in the Early Californian Travels series in 1954.

First edition of the only account of this, the first official French voyage after Baudin. Roquefeuil's ship, the Bordelais, visited the Pacific and the Northwest coast of America. A very scarce book: this is the first of two editions in French. An abridged translation into English appeared in the same year and the extensive Californian section appeared in the Early Californian Travels series in 1954.

A naval lieutenant, Camille de Roquefeuil was subsequenrly appointed to the governorship of Reunion Island. On the voyage described here he left France in October 1816, and after stops in Tierra del Fuego, Valparaiso, Lima and San Francisco (the first French visit to the Bay area), explored the Galapagos Islands, and made his way up the American coast to Alaska to purchase furs. He spent the winter of 1817-1818 in Hawaii, travelled the Pacific and sold his furs in Macao before returning to Bordeaux by way of the Cape. His journal provides one of the most comprehensive descriptions of Indian life in British Columbia in the early nineteenth century, as well as on the living conditions of the inhabitants of the island of Nootka.

'Hawaii was sighted on January 8th, 1819 and the Bordelais remained in Hawaiian waters until the 26th of the month. The author visited the islands of Kahoolawe, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, and ultimately Oahu. Important remarks on Kamehameha appear in a long footnote…' (Forbes). 'Attempts at trading in California, Nootka and Sitka were financial failures. Despite lack of profit however France now had an up-to-date report on conditions on the west coast of America from California to the Aleutians, on Hawaii, the Marquesas, and on the prospects for trade in each of these areas…' (Hill, of the English edition).

Cowan, p.195; Hawaii One Hundred, 32; Forbes, 569; Hill, 156483 (English abridgment only); Lada-Mocarski, 86; O'Reilly-Reitman, 790; Sabin, 73149.

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