L'amiral Baudin. BAUDIN, Jean Pierre Edmond JURIEN DE LA GRAVIERE.

L'amiral Baudin.

Paris: Librairie Plon, 1888.

Small octavo, with seven folding maps: a good copy in the original printed pale blue wrappers.

A Baudin sailor memorialised by a Dentrecasteaux veteran

First edition of this life of Charles Baudin, who had sailed as a young man on the Baudin expedition to the Terres Australes; Charles was not related to the commander Nicolas Baudin. His biographer Jurien de la Gravière was himself a voyage veteran, a French naval high-up who had sailed on the D'Entrecasteaux expedition in the 1790s.

First edition of this life of Charles Baudin, who had sailed as a young man on the Baudin expedition to the Terres Australes; Charles was not related to the commander Nicolas Baudin. His biographer Jurien de la Gravière was himself a voyage veteran, a French naval high-up who had sailed on the D'Entrecasteaux expedition in the 1790s.

Baudin (1792-1854) sailed as a midshipman on the Géographe, but on his return became active in the Napoleonic Wars, seeing much action against the British. He remained loyal to Napoleon, and as a result was sidelined into the merchant marine after 1816. He eventually returned to active service after 1830, and rose to the rank of Rear Admiral, notably seeing action in the famous "Pastry War" against Mexico in 1838. His later career saw him briefly deployed to South America, before he returned to take over the French Mediterranean Fleet.

'The role of Baudin in Texas history has been compared to that of the Marquis de Lafayette in the American Revolution, because Baudin and Lafayette personified France's aid to the young republics during their struggles for independence. After a distinguished career Baudin was promoted to admiral by Napoleon III only days before his death, on June 7, 1854.' (The Handbook of Texas, online version).

Not recorded by Ferguson (who does note related work by the author).

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