C1812

Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes

Mapmaker:

Henri Louis Freycinet (1777 - 1840)

$A 750

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S/N: VDATAF-000-TP–186746
(F43)

Full Title:

Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes

Date:

C1812

Mapmaker:

Henri Louis Freycinet (1777 - 1840)

Condition:

In good condition with uncut edges.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

430mm 
x 580mm

Paper Size: 

425mm 
x 585mm

Description:

Rare dated (1812) title page to the folio atlas of Peron’s account of the important French voyage of exploration under the command of Nicholas Baudin in the ships the, Geographe and Naturaliste. The vignette has a star with the letter N (Napolean) shining its rays on a world globe with Australia shown with a completed coastline and with the words, Fulget et ipso (That Shines). 

From Peron, Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes. Sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goélette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804, Paris.

Biography:

Henri Louis Freycinet (1777-1840)

Louis de Freycinet in command of the Uranie left Toulon on 17 September 1817. His wife Rose had been smuggled aboard, and her presence was acknowledged by the time they reached Gibraltar. They made the usual French passage via Tenerife, Rio, the Cape of Good Hope and Mauritius, where Louis was reunited briefly with his brother Henri, then serving as the Governor.

The Uranie reached Shark Bay on 12 September 1818 and spent some time there, setting up an observatory and making further thorough surveys of the inlets and coast; it was during this visit that Freycinet also finally removed the Vlamingh plate.

From western Australia they headed to Coupang in Timor, and crossed to Dili, where the expedition was received in great state by the Governor. The vessel then picked its way northeast via Amboina, Pisang, Rawak and the coast of New Guinea, reaching Guam in mid-March 1819.

The expedition stayed in Guam for eleven weeks before heading to

Hawaii, which was first sighted on 5 August; they anchored in Kealakekua Bay three days later. They spent an important fortnight in the islands, making stays at Lahaina and Honolulu, and meeting any number of important figures there.

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