The rare first edition of Nicolas Baudin’s expedition to Australia, the great French voyage which rivalled Flinders’s achievements.
The official account of the Baudin expedition which was sent by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800 to complete the discovery of Terra Australis. Captain Charles Nicolas Thomas Baudin died during the course of the voyage. Freycinet was the expedition’s cartographer and Péron was its naturalist. The cartographic and survey work on the expedition was a significant achievement and the scientific work was of great interest, although they failed to carry out Baudin’s primary task of discovering the unknown south coast. This report ignored any contribution by Baudin and failed to acknowledge the discoveries of Flinders, Grant or Murray but took credit themselves, depicting the whole of the south coast, from what is now Melbourne to the border of Western Australia as the Terre Napoleon. Péron, the naturalist on this voyage, was able to prepare a huge zoological collection that was known for years for its excellence. A significant work attractively illustrated.
First edition. 3 vols in 4, comprising 2 vols 4to text with portrait of Peron in second volume, and folio atlas (35.5 x 27 cms) of plates in 2 vols, with 14 engraved maps and plans, 41 engraved plates (of which 23 hand-coloured), contemporary black morocco-backed marbled boards, atlas volumes rebound to match, a fine fresh set.
M. De Pratis, Bibliotheca Cartusiae (small stamp to title).
Ferguson 449; Hill 1329; Nissen (ZBI), 3120; Sabin 60998; Wantrup 78a & 79a.
Stock ID: 98386