FREYCINET, Louis-Claude de Saulces de (1779-1842)
Voyage Autour du Monde Fait par Ordre du Roi, sur les Corvettes de S.M. L'Uranie et la Physicienne, pendant les annees 1817, 1818, 1819 et 1820. Atlas Historique
Paris: Chez Pillet Ainé, 1825. Folio. 10pp. Engraved title page and 112 plates and maps (two folding, forty hand colored).
Expertly bound to style in blue-green calf and contemporary green cloth covered boards, flat spine tooled and lettered in gilt
The beautifully illustrated Atlas Historique for this important French-sponsored circumnavigation.
The Freycinet expedition resulted in a total of four large atlases and nine accompanying volumes of text. "This later circumnavigation by Captain Freycinet was organized by the French government, under the recently restored Bourbon Dynasty, to show the flag around the world and to make scientific observations on geography, magnetism, and meteorology. It was one of the important voyages of exploration of the early nineteenth century. The Uranie sailed from Toulon to Gibraltar, Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro, Cape of Good Hope, Mascarene Islands, Western Australia, Timor, New Guinea, the Mariana Islands, Caroline Islands, Sandwich Islands, New South Wales, New Zealand, Tierra del Fuego, and the Falkland Islands, where the Uranie was shipwrecked in French Bay ...The ship's doctors, Quoy and Gaimard, and the pharmacist Gaudichaud served as the naturalists, collected specimens, and published separate volumes on zoology and botany. Freycinet was clandestinely accompanied by his wife, Rose, after whom he named an island in the Samoan chain ...The scientific results of Freycinet's explorations in Timor, the islands off New Guinea, the Marianas, and Hawaii were particularly significant and added greatly to the fund of knowledge that the Europeans had of the geography, cultures, and histories of these areas. The writings on the penal colony of Port Jackson, Australia, are of special historic importance" (Hill). The voyage included a one-month visit in the Sandwich Islands, with time spent in Hawaii, Maui, and Oahu, as well as visits to Rio de Janeiro, Cape of Good Hope, Montevideo, Mauritius, New South Wales, and the Caroline Islands. The handsome plates in the atlases, many of which are colored, add greatly to the ethnographic and natural historical aspect of the work.
Ferguson 941; Hill 649; Sabin 25916; Forbes 602.