Item #5000522 Campagne de circumnavigation de la frégate l'Artémise, pendant les annéees 1837, 1838, 1839 et 1840,. Tome premier [-sixième]. Cyrille Pierre Theodore LAPLACE.
Campagne de circumnavigation de la frégate l'Artémise, pendant les annéees 1837, 1838, 1839 et 1840,. Tome premier [-sixième].
Campagne de circumnavigation de la frégate l'Artémise, pendant les annéees 1837, 1838, 1839 et 1840,. Tome premier [-sixième].
Campagne de circumnavigation de la frégate l'Artémise, pendant les annéees 1837, 1838, 1839 et 1840,. Tome premier [-sixième].
Campagne de circumnavigation de la frégate l'Artémise, pendant les annéees 1837, 1838, 1839 et 1840,. Tome premier [-sixième].

Campagne de circumnavigation de la frégate l'Artémise…
Campagne de circumnavigation de la frégate l'Artémise, pendant les annéees 1837, 1838, 1839 et 1840,. Tome premier [-sixième].

Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1841-1854.

Six volumes, octavo, with 2 large folding engraved maps, partly coloured, and 31 engraved plates; contemporary French quarter red morocco and pebble-grain sides; spines decorated in blind between raised bands and lettered in gilt, gilt edges.

Laplace's second voyage, most important for Tahiti and Hawaii

A handsome set of the official account of Laplace's second voyage, one of the most important 19th-century circumnavigations, most interesting for the accounts of its visits to Tahiti and Hawaii, and for its analysis of the relationships between the various competing colonial powers and their treatment of indigenous populations, both in the Pacific and elsewhere. "The objectives of this voyage were to advance wherever possible French political and commercial interests in the Pacific, particularly with regard to Tahiti and Hawaii.

A handsome set of the official account of Laplace's second voyage, one of the most important 19th-century circumnavigations, most interesting for the accounts of its visits to Tahiti and Hawaii, and for its analysis of the relationships between the various competing colonial powers and their treatment of indigenous populations, both in the Pacific and elsewhere. "The objectives of this voyage were to advance wherever possible French political and commercial interests in the Pacific, particularly with regard to Tahiti and Hawaii.

"Laplace arrived in Honolulu on July 9, 1839. His visit had the specific intention of redressing 'grievances' of French citizens, and reinforcing treaty agreements, and it has been described as one of 'avowed hostility' (Judd and Lind). Captain Laplace had instructions to impress upon the king of the Hawaiian Islands the power of France, and by issuing a 'Manifesto,' to demand satisfaction for wrongs done to French citizens; achieve freedom of worship for the Catholic religion and freedom from persecution for Catholics; and ensure the introduction of French priests, the importation of wines and brandies, and the trial of French nationals by foreign juries. He forced the Hawaiian government to sign a treaty to this effect, and he demanded and received twenty thousand dollars as guarantee of good conduct and a salute of 21 guns to the flag of France. The cash guarantee, which literally emptied the Hawaiian treasury, was not returned to the Hawaiian government for a number of years.

"The fine quality engraved views in the text volumes depict scenes where stops were made during the course of the voyage. These include Monterey, California, Port Arthur, Tasmania, Papeete, Manila, Macao, Calcutta, and Bombay. There is one Hawaiian plate in this work… 'Honorourou, Capitale dOuahou, vu du Mouillage'…" (Forbes).

Dunmore II, pp. 317-340; Forbes 1298; Hill 981; Hunnewell, p.50; Howgego L13; Judd, 105; O'Reilly-Reitman, 984; Sabin 38983.

Condition Report: Occasional spotting, mainly pale; a very good and well-bound set.

Price (AUD): $22,000.00

US$14,182.70   Other currencies

Ref: #5000522

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