PÉRON, François (1775-1810) and FREYCINET, Louis Claude de Saulces de (1779-1842). Voyage of discovery to the southern lands, executed by order of His Majesty the Emperor and King, on the corvettes Le Géographe, Le Naturaliste, and the schooner Le Casuarina, during the years 1800,1801,1802, 1803 and 1804. Paris: Imprimerie Impériale, 1807 [vol. I, then] Imprimerie Royale, 1816 [vol. II], Langlois, [1807-]1811 [atlas].
A fine copy of the first edition of the report of the expedition to Australia under the command of Nicolas Baudin. Leaving Le Havre in October 1800, this expedition aimed to recognize the Australian coasts, especially in the south, in order to draw up a precise cartography. Composed of twenty-two scientists, botanists, naturalists and draughtsmen, it allowed the first scientific descriptions of several austrian territories, the local fauna and flora as well as the indigenous populations. In April 1802, the meeting with the British expedition led by Matthew Flinders confirmed that Australia, then called New Holland, was an island, and that no canal separated it into two equal parts. This relationship, begun by François Péron, was continued after his death by Louis-Claude de Freycinet, while the atlas was given according to Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit, all of whom had taken part in the expedition. Sabin 60998 Brunet IV, 503.
2 vol. in-4 (310 x 230 mm) of text and one volume of a folio atlas (360 x 270 mm). Text: portrait of Péron engraved by Lambert after Lesueur and 2 folding tables Atlas I: 40 maps and plates numbered II to XLI, including 24 finely coloured Atlas II: 14 maps including 2 folding tables. Very complete errata leaflet and bookseller's catalogue in the first volume. The text volumes in their original blue brochure, both atlases mounted on tabs and joined together in the same cardboard originally intended for the second part (angular wetting at the beginning of the first volume usual freckles, the plates skillfully washed, some with marginal restorations spine of the volumes restored).
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