# 15838

PÉRON, François, 1775-1810; FREYCINET, Louis Claude Desaulses de, 1779-1842; LESUEUR, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846; PETIT, Nicolas-Martin, 1777-1804

Voyage de découvertes aux terres Australes. Exécuté par ordre de sa Majesté l’Empereur et Roi, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804.

$90,000.00 AUD

Rare complete set, in contemporary bindings, of the official account of the Baudin voyage. One of the most important and famous descriptions of Australia ever published, it also contains the first published complete and fully detailed map of Australia, Freycinet’s Carte générale de la Nouvelle Hollande, along with many significant charts of the southern Australian coastline (“Terre Napoléon”), superb ethnographical and natural history plates by Nicolas-Martin Petit, and a magnificent topographical view of Sydney by Charles Alexandre Lesueur. 

Paris : De L’Imprimerie Impériale, 1807-1816-1807-1811-1815-1812. Six volumes, quarto (3), small folio (2) and elephant folio (1); the complete official first edition. The two quarto volumes that comprise the narrative text (Historique) and the two small folio volumes that comprise the historical atlas (Historique Atlas) are bound in uniform contemporary half calf over marbled papered boards, spines with contrasting title labels and gilt ornament (the first voulme with repaired lower hinge); the quarto Navigation et Géographie text volume is bound in contemporary half calf over papered boards, spine with gilt lettering and ornament (reinforced at front hinge); the elephant folio Navigation et Géographie Atlas is bound in contemporary quarter calf over pebbled cloth, spine with gilt lettering and ornament; discreet stamps of the Marinens Bibliotek (Copenhagen), with deaccession stamps to rear pastedowns.

Historique (text). Part 1, 1807. Quarto, pp [iv half-title; title], xv, 496, [v errata; contents]; Part 2, 1816. Quarto, pp xxxii, 471, frontispiece portrait of Péron by Lambert after Lesueur engraved by Langlois; two folding tables. Both fine copies.

Historique Atlas. Part 1, 1807. Small folio, pp [4], 40 plates (two folding, 23 coloured); Part 2, 1811. Small folio, pp [3], 14 charts (two double-page). Both fine copies.

Navigation et Géographie. Text, 1815. Quarto, pp xvi, 576, [ii errata]; Atlas, 1812. Elephant folio, pp [i], 32 charts (25 double-page). Scattered foxing throughout both volumes; one map with repaired tear.

Ferguson, 449, 536, 603; Wantrup, 78b, 79a (part 1), 79b (part 2), 80a, 81.

 

 

 

 

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Cartography

Indigenous Australians

Maritime

Natural History

Voyages & Exploration