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Large folio (72.5 x 54.7 cm); 50 hand-coloured plates and 2 original watercolours, plate 9 with light damp stain to upper margin not affecting illustration, plate 49 soiled in upper margin (affecting plate number but not illustration), a few plates with a tiny water stain to very edge of lower margin not affecting illustration, plate 50 creased at extremities and with light damp stain, loose as issued in original morocco-backed cloth portfolio, joints worn.£19,500
First edition. 12 vols comprising: 8 vols 4to text, plus 4 large folio volumes (1 atlas, 3 of plates), three engraved titles, 354 engraved plates and maps, contemporary green morocco-backed boards, atlas in original blue-green marbled boards, modern morocco-backed fold-over box. A fine fresh set, minor defects noted below.
The set comprises:
FREYCINET, L.-C. de S. de. Historique, 1825-37. 3 vols: 2 vols 4to text, large folio (49 x 33 cm) plate volume. Atlas: engraved title with integral vignette, 11 pages of letterpress text at back, Table explicative, 12 engraved maps or plans (2 double page) and 100 views, and portraits(41 hand-coloured). Occasional light spotting.
QUOY, Jean R.C.; GAIMARD, Joseph P. Zoologie, 1824. 2 vols: 1 vol. 4to text, large folio plate volume . Atlas: engraved title on india paper mounted, 13 pages of letterpress text at back, Table Explicative, 96 engraved plates (77 hand-coloured or printed in colour and finished by hand) after Chazal, A. Prevost. Huet, Taunay, P. Oudart and others, by Coutant and others. The subjects include 27 birds, all coloured, 23 fish, most coloured, crustaceans, mammals, insects and others. Occasional light spotting, corners bumped.
GAUDICHAUD, Charles. Botanique, 1826. 2 vols: Text, 1 vol. 4to, plate volume large folio. Plate volume: engraved title 22 pages of letterpress text at back, Table explicative, 120 engraved plates, unsigned but by A. Ploiret fils. The plates include 32 Hawaiian plants and 20 plates of newly described plants from New Holland.
FREYCINET, L.-C. de S. de. Navigation et Hydrographie, 1826. 3 vols: Text: 1 vol. bound in 2, 4to; Atlas, large folio (59.5 x 40 cm). Text: 3 engraved plates. Atlas: letterpress title and 1p. Table des cartes et plans, 22 engraved maps and charts, after Duperrey, Labiche and Berard. Original tissue guards.
FREYCINET. L.-C. de S. de. Observations du Pendule, 1826. 1 vol. 4to. Half-title, title with wood-engraved vignette.
FREYCINET, L.-C. de S. de. Magnetisme terrestre, 1842. 1 vol. 4to. Half-title, one folding engraved map.
FREYCINET. L.-C. de S. de. Meteorologie, 1844. 1 vol. 4to. Half-title.£135,000
First edition. 2 vols, 8vo, I: viii,  (list of illustrations, blank), 351, (blank), 32 (publisher's ads)pp., with frontispiece, 4 plates, and 13 in-text illustrations (of which one full-page), II: (blank), vi, 423, (blank)pp., with frontispiece, 3 plates, and 20 in-text illustrations; a few leaves creased, minor spotting to early leaves; publishers brown cloth gilt by Edmonds & Remnants; corners and edges bumped, rubbed, a few marks, endpapers dust-stained, nonetheless a good copy.£1,400
Second Italian edition. 2 vols in one, small 4to. in 8s, , 200, , [1 (blank)], 228 ff., woodcut device to titles, woodcut initials throughout; short marginal paper-flaw to 2a7, occasional light browning; late 19th-century red morocco gilt, all edges marbled and gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon page-marker; a little darkened, minimally rubbed, short splits to hinges, nonetheless a very good copy.£2,850
Second edition. 4to (29 x 23.5 cm.), xvi, 516pp., uncut in original boards, light toning to text, occasional light spotting, rebacked preserving spine, paper label renewed,corners worn, large corner cut from front free endpaper, nicely presented in modern red morocco-backed bookform box by Aquarius with label, scarce thus.£4,000
[HOWELL, William].Some interesting particulars of the second voyage made by the missionary ship the Duff:
First edition. 8vo., contemporary green half calf, spine tooled in gilt and blind, dark red label, a very good example.£1,000
KRUSENSTERN, Johann Adam von.Voyage autour du monde, fait dans les années 1803, 1804, 1805 et 1806,
First edition in French. 3 vols, comprising 2 vols 8vo text and folio atlas (44 x 28.5 cms); 21 lithograph plates by Engelmann, 9 engraved maps (3 folding), French blue half morocco gilt (atlas bound to match), a fine set.£20,000
First edition. Complete set in 10 volumes, comprising 6 volumes 4to text and 4 large folio atlas volumes, with 4 engraved titles and 376 engraved plates and maps, including portraits, views, and natural history plates, many hand-coloured. Comprising:
DUPERREY, L.-I. Histoire du Voyage. . Text 4to, i-xlvi, 1-202 pp. (all published, title lacking as usual); atlas with engraved title, 60 engraved plates, of which 59 hand-coloured, by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperrey, Lejeune and Chazal; title lightly foxed, a little spotting and browning.
LESSON, R.P. & GARNOT, P. Zoologie. 1826-1830. 4 vols, comprising 3 vols 4to text and one large folio vol. Atlas in 27 parts. Text with half-titles and titles with engraved vignettes. Atlas with engraved title, small inserted letterpress Avis slip, 155 engraved plates of mammals, marsupials, birds, molluscs, reptiles, and insects, of which 153 hand-coloured, after Lesson, L. Prevost, Pretre, Guerin, Vauthier and others; 19 plates browned, two slightly damp-stained, title and two lightly soiled, title foxed, light browning and spotting. The plates include 37 of fish, 9 of mammals and marsupials, 44 of birds, 16 of molluscs, 5 of crustaceans, 22 of insects, and 7 of reptiles.
DUMONT D'URVILLE; BRONGNIART, A. & BORY DE ST. VINCENT. Botanique. 1826-1829. 3 vols, comprising 2 vols 4to text in one and large folio Atlas (49 x 33 cms). Text: half-titles, titles with engraved vignettes. Atlas with engraved title, 106 engraved plates including 25 hand-coloured plates of seaweeds, by Barrois, Dusmenil, and others after P. Bessa, Borg de St. Vincent, and others; title foxed, plate I browned, some spotting to plate II. The work was apparently overseen by Dumont d'Urville: first volume on Cryptogamie by Bory de St. Vincent, the second on Phanerogamie by Bronginart. The coloured plates are all of sea-weeds (11 plates were omitted).
DUPERREY, L.-I. Hydrographie. 1829. 2 vols, comprising one vol. 4to text in 3 parts (Hydrographie, Hydrographie et Physique and Physique) and one vol. atlas (57 x 43 cms). Text with 9 plates (of which 6 folding). Atlas with engraved title, 12 leaves letterpress text, 49 engraved maps by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperray and others (of which 19 double-page), and 4 engraved plates of various native sailing vessels by Berard after Duperrey and others.£75,000
Sixth edition of vol. I, fourth edition of vol. II, third edition of vol. III. 3 vols, small folio (312 by 218mm approx.) Woodcut devices to title-pages, 10 double-page maps and plans, 8 full-page woodcut plates, with further illustrations in the text. Contemporary Italian (Venetianý) morocco, boards & spines ruled & stamped in gilt; paper repairs to title-page of vol. I, and outer margin of following two leaves, occasional dampstaining to vol. I, minor worming to first and last leaves and pastedowns of vols. II and III.£48,000