Item #5000493 Voyage autour du Monde sans la Lettre A. FREYCINET, Jacques ARAGO.

Voyage autour du Monde sans la Lettre A.

Paris: Typ. Beaulé et Cie, 1853.

Duodecimo; very good in the original yellow printed wrappers, preserved in a green cloth case.

*bsent from most bibliothèques

Fine copy of this delightful oddity. The explorer (he signs himself "J.cques.r.go") here sets himself the downright weird mission of describing his trip throughout the world without using one very helpful vowel; the title gives his conceit some trouble, but for the rest of the text he is good to his word.

Fine copy of this delightful oddity. The explorer (he signs himself "J.cques.r.go") here sets himself the downright weird mission of describing his trip throughout the world without using one very helpful vowel; the title gives his conceit some trouble, but for the rest of the text he is good to his word.

On the Freycinet expedition he cruised extensively in the south, visiting Sydney. One prominent section of the book is devoted to Chile, Peru, etc., before he discusses rolling on before the vents d'Est to visit the Chinese. He dislikes the "uncivilised" Moluques, quickly discusses the group possessed by the French in 1842, before referring to Sir Hudson Lowe (who imprisoned the exiled emperor) in terms most hellish.

The writer is fond of the most prominent of the Society Isles (rendered, of course, "Cythère"). He mentions the well-known Rose de Freycinet, who would not desert her spouse, but resorts to footnotes to identify some people or sites; this dodge is required when he mentions the prototype of Robinson Crusoe, Mr Selkirk, but, moreover, necessity forces him to pretend Cook, not his less renowned predecessor, discovered Cythére. Thirty summers went by before the writer confessed to overlooking the French word for "would be".

Not known in most bibliothèques.

"This curiosity is very difficult to find" (Borba de Moraes).

Price (AUD): $5,250.00

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