A rare account of a voyage with tremendous importance to the exploration of Australia and the Pacific.
D’Entrecasteaux joined the French navy in 1754 and fought in 1756 at Minorca. He assumed command of the French fleet of the East Indies and in 1787, was appointed governor of Mauritius and the Isle de Bourbon (Réunion). While in command in search for La Pérouse in 1791-92, he determined the position of Amsterdam Island, explored the coastlines of New Caledonia, Tasmania, and New Holland, and located several groups of islands. Many of the charts made by the expedition (particularly those of South Australia produced by Beautemp Beaupré) were of unusually high standards, and the 12 magnificent maps of Western Australia and Tasmania recorded the coast accurately for the first time. They are regarded the most significant ever made.
3 vols, comprising: 2 vols text 4to (32 x 24.5 cm) and atlas folio (61.5 x 46 cm). Atlas with title and contents leaf. 33 engraved folding plates in the text volumes and 39 engraved maps in the atlas, 29 double-page, all maps in original issue, Uncut in original blue-green marbled boards, text volumes with original paper labels, joints repaired, atlas volume rebacked to match, light spotting, well preserved in modern fold-over boxes with morocco labels (atlas morocco-backed fold-over box), a fine set.
Frederick E. Ellis (bookplate).
Ferguson 461 (text) & 443 (atlas); Hill 467; Sabin 22671; Wantrup 64a-b.
Stock ID: 98286