# 14626

DEPERTHES, Jean-Louis-Hubert-Simon (1730-1792)

Histoire des naufrages, ou Recueil des relations les plus intéressantes des naufrages,

$650.00 AUD

hivernements, délaissemens, incendies, famines, famines, & autres evénements funestes sur mer, qui ont été publiées depuis le quinzieme siecle jusqu’à présens. Par M.D. … … A Paris : Chez Cuchet, Libraire, rue & maison Serpente, An III me. de la République [1794-95]. First edition. Three volumes, octavo, original plain grey wrappers, spines with contemporary printed paper labels with volume numbers in manuscript; pp 368; 410; 454, [4 contents]; with 6 full page copperplate engravings; engraved head- and tail-pieces; complete; a fine set in their first, unsophisticated bindings.

A collection of narratives of shipwrecks and other maritime tragedies, including accounts of the wrecks of the Dutch ships the Batavia and the Dragon off the western coast of New Holland; Alexander Selkirk on Juan Fernandez; the wreck of the sloop Betsy on the coast of Dutch Guiana; the famine on the American ship Peggy, Azores to New York; and the epic journey down the Amazon of Isabel Godin des Odonais.

The State Library of New South Wales holds the only first edition set in Australian collections.