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  1. 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
  2. First edition. A complete set, comprising twenty-one 8vo and four 4to text volumes and 6 large folio plate volumes (53.5 x 36 cms and Atlas Hydropgraphique 66 x 50 cms). Text in original wrappers and atlases in contemporary green morocco-backed boards (Atlas Hydrographique bound later to match), the plate volumes with 6 engraved titles, portrait, and 576 engraved plates, some 261 of these hand-coloured, a splendid set. Comprising:

    DUMONT d'URVILLE, 'Histoire du voyage', 1830-33. 5 vols in 10, 8vo (each vol. in 2 parts). 'Atlas historique', 2 vols, with 2 engraved titles, lithographic portrait, list of plates, 8 maps, and 247 lithographic plates (of which 53 wholly or partly hand-coloured); 8 plates with short marginal tears repaired, occasional light foxing or old water-stains.

    LESSON & RICHARD, 'Botanie', comprising I: 'Essai d'une Flore de la Nouvelles Zelande', 1832; II: 'Sertum Astrolabianum', 1834. Atlas vol. with engraved title and 79 engraved plates (of which 7 in colour), list of plates at end; [bound after] 'Entomologie' atlas with engraved title and 12 hand-coloured engraved plates; 2 plates browned.

    BOISDUVAL, 'Entomologie', comprising I: 'Lepidopteres', 1832; II: 'Colepteres', 1835; [bound with] 'Botanie' (see above). 2 vols 8vo text.

    QUOY & GAIMARD, 'Zoologie', 1830-35. 4 text vols in 6, 8vo. Atlas: 2 vols, with engraved title, 7 pp. list of plates, 193 engraved plates (of which 186 wholly or partly printed in colours and/or hand-coloured); the unlisted mammals plate 21 bis on India paper with repairs to upper margin, plate 73, molluscs, repaired along the plate line, some light damp-staining.

    DUMONT d'URVILLE, 'Philologie', 1833-34. 2 vols.

    DUMONT d'URVILLE, 'Observations meteorologiques, hydrographiques [2 vols], et de physique', 1834, 1833. Together 4 vols 4to. Atlas Hydrographique with engraved title, 25 pp., 42 engraved maps, charts, and plans (of which 20 double-page), some showing 2 or more subjects, 3 coastal profiles with additional hand-colour; some light scattered foxing.

    £110,000
  3. First edition. 3 vols, comprising 2 vols 4to text and 1 vol. folio atlas (53 x 35 cms), text a little spotted as usual, atlas with 56 plates (comprising 34 lithographed views and portraits after V. Adam, Sabatier and others from sketches by E.B. de la Touanne, printed by Bernard & Frey, 12 hand-colored engraved natural history plates after P. Bessa and J.-G. Pretre by Coutant, H. Legrand, Oudet, Dumenil and Massard, double-page hand-colored aquatint of various native vessels, folding engraved map, 2 double-page coastal profiles and 6 double-page engraved maps and charts, by A. Tardieu after E.B. de la Touanne), usual sporadic toning and light staining, plate 4 a bit foxed, contemporary calf-backed marbled boards, atlas rebacked to match, a very good set.

    £15,000
  4. 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. [1826]. 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
  5. Complete set, save for the excessively rare botany text published ten years later. 14 volumes (10 volumes 8vo text, 4 folio atlases). Modern half-calf over marbled boards to style by Atelier Laurenchet, a fine clean set. The set comprises:

    Relation. 1840-43, vols [I]-IV, 4to, with half-titles, 13 printed tables (some folding).

    Atlas pittoresque. 1841, folio (53 x 34 cms), half-title, 3pp. Table des planches, engraved folding world map with route of the voyage, engraved plan of Sydney and 67 lithographed plates, 17 hand-coloured, some on India paper, including fine panoramic views.

    Physique. 1842-44, vols VI-X, together 5 vols, 8vo, half-titles, all with additional sectional half-titles and titles, vol. IX with 2 printed folding tables, 2 folding engraved graphs and a folding engraved map showing currents and temperatures, errata leaf at end of each vol. except the last, additional supplementary errata at beginning of vol. IX.

    Atlas hydrographique. Paris, Depot de la Marine, 1845, folio (68 x 49.5 cms), [2]pp., 16 engraved map sheets (4 double-page) showing 19 subjects.

    Atlas de botanique. 1846, folio, half-title, one page Table des planches, 28 engraved plates, without the text volume as usual (not published until 1864 and rarely found).

    Zoologie. 1855, 8vo text and folio Atlas, half-title, title, 2pp. list of plates, 78 engraved plates (74 hand-coloured), the 10 plate bird section browned and with some offsetting else a clean fresh set of plates.

    £65,000
 

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