Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes… Contenant ce que l'on scait des moeurs & des productions des Contrées découvertes jusqu'à ce jour; & où il est traité de l'utilité d'y faire de plus amples découvertes, & des moyens d'y former un établissement. Charles de BROSSES.
Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes… Contenant ce que l'on scait des moeurs & des productions des Contrées découvertes jusqu'à ce jour; & où il est traité de l'utilité d'y faire de plus amples découvertes, & des moyens d'y former un établissement.
Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes… Contenant ce que l'on scait des moeurs & des productions des Contrées découvertes jusqu'à ce jour; & où il est traité de l'utilité d'y faire de plus amples découvertes, & des moyens d'y former un établissement.

Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes…
Histoire des Navigations aux Terres Australes… Contenant ce que l'on scait des moeurs & des productions des Contrées découvertes jusqu'à ce jour; & où il est traité de l'utilité d'y faire de plus amples découvertes, & des moyens d'y former un établissement.

Paris: chez Durand, 1756.

Two volumes, quarto, with seven folding maps, with the additional series of asterisked leaves (pp. 437*-450* bound at the end of Volume II); contemporary French calf, spines gilt with double labels, an excellent copy.

Voyages to the south: the classic French collection

First edition. This book is one of the most important general works dealing with early voyages to the Pacific, which aimed to stimulate French discovery and colonisation of the South Seas. It contains an account of all voyages to the south, beginning with the second Vespucci expedition of 1502 and going up to 1747, including the voyages of Magellan, Drake, Schouten, Tasman and others. 'An extremely important and thorough collection of voyages, and one of the outstanding works relating to the early history of Australasia' (Hill). De Brosses's text was later silently used as the basis for Callander's highly influential Terra Australis Cognita of 1766-8, and in this form it had much to do with British plans for colonial expansion by transportation.

First edition. This book is one of the most important general works dealing with early voyages to the Pacific, which aimed to stimulate French discovery and colonisation of the South Seas. It contains an account of all voyages to the south, beginning with the second Vespucci expedition of 1502 and going up to 1747, including the voyages of Magellan, Drake, Schouten, Tasman and others. 'An extremely important and thorough collection of voyages, and one of the outstanding works relating to the early history of Australasia' (Hill). De Brosses's text was later silently used as the basis for Callander's highly influential Terra Australis Cognita of 1766-8, and in this form it had much to do with British plans for colonial expansion by transportation.

'Extremely important. Here de Brosses suggests that France should colonise Australia, virtually predicting the basis of its final settlement by maintaining that the colonisation should be by France's 'foundlings, beggars and criminals'. This is somewhat scarce, but with patience copies can still be obtained', wrote Rodney Davidson in 1970; the book is nowadays actually quite rare on the market. This copy is complete with the additional "asterisk leaves", so-called because they are numbered 437*-450*: containing an article "Sur les découvertes des Hollandais dans l'Australasie", with details of the discoveries of the Dutch in Australasia, they are not always present. The maps include those of Australia, New Guinea, and north-eastern Australia which make the book particularly significant.

Provenance: Private collection (Sydney).

Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', pp. 34-5; Hill, pp. 34-5; Kroepelien, 132; O'Reilly-Reitman, 93.

Price (AUD): $13,750.00

US$9,829.14   Other currencies

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