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CROZET, Julien Marie.

Nouveau voyage a la Mer du Sud,

commencé sous les orders de M. Marion ... On a joint a ce voyage un extrait de celui de M. de Surville dans les mêmes Parages.

Stock Code
98544
Paris, Barrois l'aine, 1783
£8,500

Scarce first edition of du Fresne's voyage and death, from notes by his second-in-command, Crozet. This was the first French visit to New Zealand and the second French visit to Australia, preceded only by Allouarn's brief stop in the West. With great provenance.

Marion du Fresne's 1771-1772 expedition sailed in search of Terra Australis with the aim of establishing a French stronghold on the route to India from which to repel British shipping. The expedition was also to return home the Tahitian Aotourou (Mayoa) who had been taken to France by Bougainville, but unfortunately he died en route. The expedition ended quickly and tragically in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand where Marion du Fresne and twenty-one of his men were killed by the Maoris.

Crozet's account was compiled by Abbé Alexis Marie Rochon who had originally intended joining the expedition and retained a great interest in it. He included a long

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Description

First edition. 8vo., viii, 290pp., 7 engraved plates and maps (1 folding); contemporary French mottled calf, spine richly gilt, with red morocco label, a fine copy.

Bibliography

Hill 401; Hocken 21-22; Kroepelien 1104; Sabin 72371.

Stock ID:98544

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