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[BEHRENS, Carl Friedrich].

Histoire de l'expedition de trois vasseaux,

envoyés par la Compagnie des Indes Occidentales des Provinces-Unies aux Terres Australes en MDCCXXI. Par monsieur de B***.

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The Hague, 'aux depens de la Compagnie, '1739

The first French account of Roggeveen's voyage and the European discovery of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). 'One of the last of the great Dutch circumnavigations' (Howgego), the expedition led by Jakob Roggeveen (1659-1729) was sent by the Dutch West India Company in 1721 to search for the Terra Australis. He stopped at the Falkland Islands, when he named 'Belgia Australis', before passing through the Straits and making for Valdivia in Chile. After landing at Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and losing one of his three ships, Roggeveen made for Batavia where he was arrested and his ships confiscated by the rival Dutch East India Company. Having been held in prison for six months Roggeveen pusued the VOC through the Dutch courts and was eventually compensated for his losses.

The first account of the expedition, the present work was published in German in 1737 by Carl Friedrich Behrens (1701-1750), a commander of marines

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First French edition. 2 vols, small 8vo, [12], 224; [4], 254, [2] (blank)pp.; titles in red and black, half-titles, occasional woodcut ornament; small marginal water-stain in vol. II, neat repair to lower corner of vol. II, Q7; contemporary continental (ý Dutch) calf, spines gilt in compartments, gilt red morocco lettering-pieces, edges speckled red, marbled endpapers, ribbon page-markers; a little rubbed, some chipping to joints, to spine and lower board of vol. I, otherwise a very good copy.


Howgego, R63.

Stock ID:98614

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