PAVIE, Auguste Jean-Marie (1847-1925)
Mission Pavie Indo-Chine 1879-1895
Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1898-1919. Quarto, 11 volumes. (10 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches). Etudes Diverses: 3 vols.; Geographie et Voyages: 7 vols.; Atlas: 1 vol. Numerous maps, color plates and photographic illustrations. Engraved portrait of Pavie in Volume I of Etudes Diverses. Signed by Pavie on the first page of the Preface in the Atlas and the Introduction of each of the remaining volumes except Volume VII of Geographie et Voyages.
Original wrappers bound in. Contemporary brown leather, spine in five compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second, third, and fourth, marbled endpapers.
Complete set of the seminal French exploration of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Pavie, the French diplomat and explorer, spent much of his career in the region, becoming the first French Governor-General and plenipotentiary minister of Laos. During his career, he organized several expeditions of French Indochina. The first mission, from 1879 to 1885, covered the areas of Cambodia and Southern Siam as far as Bangkok. The second mission, from 1886 to 1889, covered Northeastern Laos and the exploration of the Black River in Tonkin as far as Hanoi. The third mission, from 1889 to 1891, involved the exploration of the Mekong river from Saigon to Luang Prabang. The fourth mission, from 1894 to 1895, involved the areas of Laos bordering with China and Burma on the left bank of the Mekong River, as far as the Red River. The present set includes all three volumes of the Etudes Diverse section of the Mission Pavie reports and a complete run of the Geographie et Voyages volumes. The latter section is comprised as follows: Vols. I and II: Expose des Travaux de la Mission. Vol III: Voyages au Laos et chez les sauvages du sud-est de l'Indo-chine; Vol. IV: Voyages au centre de l'Annam et du Laos et dans les regions sauvages de l'Est de l'Indo-Chine; Vol. V: Voyages dans le haut Laos et sur les frontieres de Chine et de Birmanie; Vol. VI: Passage du Me-Khong au Tonkin (1887 et 1888), and Vol VII: Journal de Marche (1888-1889)Evenements du Siam (1891-1893). The final volume of the Geographie section, published in 1919, is often lacking, and complete sets of the Pavie Mission, as here, are rarely encountered.