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A Natural History of Birds

A Natural History of Birds, illustrated with. Copper Plates, Curiously Engraven from the Life, and Exactly Colour’d by the Author, Eleazer Albin, to which are added Notes and Observations by W. Derham. In Two Volumes [and] A Supplement to the Natural History of Birds.

ALBIN, Eleazar and Elizabeth Three volumes including the Supplement, quarto, the second issue of the first edition with altogether 306 hand-coloured engraved plates; contemporary mottled calf, ornate gilt borders to the sides; well rebacked to style; the original covers rather rubbed or worn as a result of the original mottling to the leather but a handsome set. A complete set of one of the most beautiful illustrated books of the early eighteenth century, with more than 300 delightful engravings by Eleazer Albin and his daughter Elizabeth, hand-coloured by them and by other members of the Albin family. As the first book on British birds with coloured illustrations, this lovely book would begin a long-lasting tradition of finely illustrated ornithologies. This is an attractive set of the full three-volume work, comprising the original two volumes, with 205 copper plates, and the subsequent supplement adding 101 further pates, with the original colouring of all the 306 full-page engravings in bright and perfect condition. The three volumes are of the second issue with reset and redated title-pages, probably representing a new attempt to sell existing sheets of the book which first appeared between 1731 and 1738 but of which only 89 sets seem to have been sold to subscribers. Other than the cancel title-pages with their new dates the only other change is the addition of a sheet with comments by Derham added to the end of the first volume. Each volume contains the list of subscribers to that specific volume. Albin, naturalist, watercolourist and teacher of painting, remarks in his Preface of his determination to make his birds life-like that "the Paintings, they are all done from the Life, with all the exactness I could either with my own hand, or my Daughters, whom I have taught to draw and paint after the Life.". In fact, apart from a single plate by Fortin Albin, all the images are by either himself (signing "E. Albin") or his gifted daughter Elizabeth (signing "Eliz. Albin"). Albin also tells us that he was able to have access to the large collections of exotic birds owned by the duke of Chandos, Thomas Lowther, and Joseph Dandridge, while other specimens came from the Newgate market or, in the case of foreign birds, from sea captains and foreign merchants. In the preface to the first volume he appeals to his readers for further specimens to "any Gentlemen that will be pleased to send any curious Birds. to Eleazar Albin near the Dog and Duck in Tottenham-Court Road." Provenance: James Fairfax (from his library at Retford Park, Bowral NSW, with bookplate), evidently acquired from Bernard Quaritch. A couple of preliminary leaves in the second volume just slightly browned; overall in particularly good internal state; the contemporary bindings, although worn as a result of the mottling applied as part of the original design, have an attractive and appropriate patina.
Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes . sur les corvettes le Géographe

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

BAUDIN] PERON, François & Louis de FREYCINET Four volumes, octavo, with a frontispiece portrait of Péron; and a folio atlas, containing a large folding map of Australia, seven full-page charts, two fine large folding views (one of Sydney), 27 superb handcoloured engraved plates and 31 uncoloured plates; the Atlas with original tissue guards to the plates; a fine set in uniform contemporary French romantique binding of quarter red calf, spine decorated and lettered in gilt between raised bands. A beautiful set, in an attractive French romantique binding of the period. This important second and extensively altered edition of the official account of the Baudin voyage to Australia and the Pacific is notably scarce on the market, rarer than the first by a factor of perhaps ten or more. Appearing in a different format to the first edition, as four octavo volumes of text with a single-volume quarto atlas, the publication contains 68 plates in total, which include the pictorial plates from the first edition, a series of reduced and revised versions of the charts from the second part of the first edition atlas, and an additional 23 engraved plates, new for this edition. In its more complete, second edition form the pictorial impact of the Atlas Historique is even more apparent than in the original edition: the wonderful plates include some of the most beautiful early views of Australia; while the superb series of portraits of Aborigines represents the most compassionate yet honest portrayal of the displaced natives to be seen in any of the early voyage accounts. Most of the exceptional illustrations are by the remarkable artists Nicolas-Martin Petit and Charles-Alexandre Lesueur. The plates new to this edition include four important portraits of named Australian Aborigines to extend the beautiful series familiar to us from the first edition. There is also a most important engraved sheet of music, the first notation of any indigenous Australian music and including a rendering of the Aboriginal cooee call (Cou-hé, described as the "Cri de Ralliement"). The text for this edition was extensively revised by Louis de Freycinet himself after his return from the Uranie voyage. His changes from the first edition - publication of which he had taken over after François Péron's death in 1810 - include an implicit abandonment of French territorial ambitions in Australia: the first edition of the book had a series of maps of the Australian coastline with French place names, which were quietly dropped from this second edition. It is on the general map of Australia that Freycinet, in the post-Napoleonic era, has famously changed many of the place-names back to their English versions. We can also point out another significant change: the celebrated vignette on the engraved title of the atlas volume depicting Malmaison and its Australian menagerie and arboretum has been re-engraved: no longer is the map at centre front lettered "Terre Napoleon"; it has quietly become "Nlle Hollande". Freycinet, the great explorer, actually spent much more of his life writing and assembling data than he did exploring. Some of his work in revising the Baudin narrative for publication in this form was done during his own voyage on the Uranie (1817-20). He spent the final twenty years of his life preparing the massive official narrative of that voyage, during the early period of which he was also heavily occupied in preparing this work. The Baudin voyage Baudin's two ships, the Géographe and the Naturaliste, left Le Havre on 19 October 1800. Sailing via Tenerife and sighting the Cape of Good Hope they reached Mauritius after a long six months, during which time shipboard quarrels and illness caused a mass defection of scientists and sailors. Having rejigged his crew, Baudin set sail for New Holland, sighting Cape Leeuwin on 27 May and anchoring in Geographe Bay three days later. He sailed north and examined Rottnest Island and Swan River, but the two ships became separated on 11 June. The Géographe finally anchored at Shark Bay on 27 June but had left by the time the Naturaliste arrived. The latter vessel stayed on in Shark Bay to make an extensive survey - including the discovery of the Vlamingh plate - while Baudin and the Géographe worked along the difficult coast past the North West Cape. The two ships ultimately arrived in Timor in August and September; tropical diseases were already causing deaths among the crew. In November they sailed south for Cape Leeuwin where Baudin, ignoring his instructions to begin charting the south coast immediately, headed for Tasmania, making the D'Entrecasteaux Channel in early January. The two vessels began a close survey of the east coast, again becoming separated. Hamelin on the Naturaliste crossed Bass Strait and made a survey of Western Port before running for Port Jackson. Meanwhile Baudin began his survey of "Terre Napoleon", meeting Matthew Flinders at Encounter Bay in April. Worn out, Baudin turned for Sydney, but chose to again round the southern tip of Tasmania, meaning that he did not arrive off Port Jackson until 17 June, his crew severely weakened by scurvy. Hamelin had already headed out to search for Baudin in Bass Strait, but the combination of a storm and poor provisions saw him back in Sydney a few days later, and the two ships stayed in Sydney until November. Warmly and hospitably entertained by Governor King, the French spent their time recuperating and making sense of their collections. In Sydney Baudin purchased a small vessel which he named the Casuarina, placing Louis de Freycinet in charge. The Casuarina, just 29 feet in length, was acquired to help make the difficult inshore surveys, and Louis' appointment should be understood as an early notice of his skills in charting. The three vessels left Sydney together, but Baudin decided to send the Naturaliste directly back to France, and Hamelin reached Le Havre on 7 June 1803, having sailed via Mauritius. The Géographe and the Casuarina made close surveys of King Island,
The Gardener's and Botanist's Dictionary containing the best and newest methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen

The Gardener’s and Botanist’s Dictionary containing the best and newest methods of cultivating and improving the kitchen, fruit. and Flower Garden, and Nursery; of performing the Practical Parts of Agriculture; of managing Vineyards, and of propagating all sorts of Timber Trees. The Whole Corrected and Newly Arranged

MILLER, Philip and Thomas Martyn Two volumes bound in four, folio, 15 engraved botanical plates, 5 engraved technical plates (depicting Pine Stove, Conservatory, Green House, Ice House and Vinery); a fine set handsomely bound in contemporary full russia gilt, marbled edges. A finely bound, handsome set of the South Seas edition of Miller's benchmark work of gardening and horticulture, the first to notice plants from Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific, and based in large part on the collection of Sir Joseph Banks. Miller's work was the standard guide for over a century, and this 1807 edition, published almost forty years after the previous edition, was so substantially revised and updated by Thomas Martyn as to be effectively a new work. With its extensive notes on plants, agriculture, arboriculture, and wine making, this is 'a most valuable and practical work, probably used widely over nearly 100 years and the forerunner of later Gardening Dictionaries' (Sitwell & Blunt, Great Flower Books). The inclusion of a great number of Australian and Pacific plants marks this edition as a benchmark in the natural history of the region. Miller was one of the most influential horticulturalists of his generation. He had established a nursery of ornamental trees and shrubs in St George's Fields, Southwark, and when, in 1722, the Society of Apothecaries needed a new gardener for their Physic Garden at Chelsea, he was appointed. It was the beginning of an illustrious career which saw him elected to the Royal Society; a good note on Miller is in Fussell's Old English Farming Books, pp. 123 ff. This work was Miller's magnum opus and was highly praised by Linnaeus. First published in 1731, the last of the lifetime editions appeared in 1768 (Miller died in 1771). This new edition was the first in almost forty years, and was prepared by the botanist Thomas Martyn with unfettered access to the collections of great natural historians, including that of Sir Joseph Banks (to whom the work is dedicated). The son of John Martyn, professor of botany at Cambridge, Martyn was a keen scholar of the works of John Ray and Linnaeus, and succeeded his father as university professor of botany in 1762. He began working on this Gardener's Dictionary in 1784, radically updating the project with a new Linnean framework, and setting out to include as many of the new and exotic species as were then known in England. He originally estimated that it would take some eleven years to complete, but in the event, it was not issued until 1807, for the substantial price of fourteen guineas. The comprehensive catalogue of plants in the first volume lists more than 50 specimens from "New Holland" and four more specifically from "New South Wales" : Casuarina Strieta and Torulosa; a species of Dolichos; and Sideroxylon sericeum ["Silky Iron-wood"]. The main volumes include lengthy entries on Banksias, Goodenias, Mimosas, Eucalypts and Melaleucas (separately). Not in Ferguson but held in some Australian libraries. Provenance: From the library of Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838) of Stourhead.
A Voyage round the World in His Majesty's Frigate Pandora. Performed under the direction of Captain Edwards in the years 1790

A Voyage round the World in His Majesty’s Frigate Pandora. Performed under the direction of Captain Edwards in the years 1790, 1791 and 1792. With the discoveries made in the South-Sea; and the many distresses experienced by the crew from shipwreck and famine, in a voyage of eleven hundred miles in open boats, between Endeavour Straits and the island of Timor.

HAMILTON, George Octavo, with an engraved frontispiece portrait of the author; untrimmed; in modern calf, gilt, in a matching half calf box. First edition: the only published account of the voyage of the Pandora, the vessel dispatched from England in 1790 to arrest the mutinous crew of Bligh's Bounty. The narrative is by the affable and amusing George Hamilton, ship's surgeon on the Pandora, whose hair-raising tale of punishment and shipwreck is a classic of eighteenth-century voyage accounts. After sailing for some time in the South Pacific, Captain Edward Edwards of the Pandora decided to sail for England with the 14 mutineers he had captured in Tahiti all held in horrendous conditions in the "Box", a cage specially mounted on the deck of the ship. While navigating in Endeavour Strait the vessel struck a reef and foundered (ironically, Bligh himself had questioned Captain Edwards' competency in navigating these difficult waters). Left to drown, ten of the mutineers managed to survive only though the kindness of the master-of-arms, who dropped the keys to them in the last moments. Much like Bligh before them, an appalling voyage to Timor in the longboats followed, with the survivors eventually returned to England where the mutineers faced court martial. Captain Edwards was exonerated for the loss of the Pandora while Fletcher Christian and the remaining mutineers remained undiscovered on Pitcairn Island. This is now a very scarce book on the market. It was republished as a facsimile in the Australian Maritime Series in 1998. Some very slight browning but very good.
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Partie orientale du monde qui contiennent l’Europe, l’Asie, et Afrique.

MORTIER, Pierre and Johan COVENS Engraved map in contemporary handcolouring; 593 x 502 mm.; well framed. A rare map of the eastern Hemisphere, extending eastwards from South America to New Guinea: an earlier version first appeared in the Neptune François produced in Paris in 1693. The present map is on Mercator's projection and was issued in two sheets (this is the eastern sheet) under the general title Carte Generale de Toutes les Costes Du Monde; suggesting that each could be considered a separate entity, both sheets had their own title in an oval cartouche. The firm of Johannes Covens and Cornelis Mortier was the largest eighteenth-century map and book shop in Amsterdam, one of the centres of map production. The firm was begun by Cornelis' father Pieter (1661-1711), who 'was largely responsible for the renewal of atlas cartography in Amsterdam in the last decades of the seventeenth century' (Parry, The Cartography of the East Indian Islands, p. 175). Following the 1693 Neptune François issue, a slightly larger version of the map was engraved by Baltasar Ruyter in 1703, with additional changes to the Asian sheet. It was this revised state that was re-issued with the imprint of Covens and Mortier, as here. In this attractive version of the map, the northeast coast of Asia has far more detail and unidentified promontories extending from the coast. Australia is charted according to the discoveries of Tasman's voyages of 1642-43 & 1644. Many of the early Dutch discoveries in Australia are shown including those of Carstensz (1623), de Wit (1625), Hartog (1616) and Houtman.
The Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery

The Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery, performed in His Majesty’s Vessel The Lady Nelson.

GRANT, James Quarto, with a large folding plate, a folding chart, a coloured plate and five other engravings; with the uncommon leaf headed 'List of Encouragers'; contemporary half calf restored on original marbled sides. First edition: one of the most important of the early Australian coastal voyages. In 1800 as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy he brought the Lady Nelson to Australia in company with HMS Porpoise. Over the next two years Grant made several voyages of discovery along the New South Wales coastline and is best remembered for his important explorations of Bass Strait and for his work in the Hunter River area which resulted in the establishment of Newcastle. The Lady Nelson was the first ship to be built with sliding keels to facilitate the exploration of shallow waters. Grant sailed her through Bass Strait, the first to do so from the west and, on arrival at Sydney, he discovered that he had missed Flinders to whom he was to deliver the ship and was sent back to survey the south-western coast of the continent, a task in which he was assisted by Francis Barrallier. However, because of the lateness of the season, the survey, which took place from March to May 1801, concentrated on Bass Strait and the Victorian coast instead. The chart of Bass Strait here was the first to be published of the newly-discovered Victorian coast. On his return to Sydney, Grant was sent to examine the Hunter River, and it was as a result of his report that Newcastle was established. Two engravings in this book illustrate the exploration by the Lady Nelson of the Hunter River: they were probably engraved after sketches by the colony's first professional artist, John William Lewin, who accompanied the expedition. The finest is the hand-coloured plate depicting the "Fringe Crested Cockatoo", which is present here in particularly fine condition. There are also portraits of the Aborigines Pimbloy (an alternative spelling of Pemulwuy, the great warrior) "in a canoe of that country" and Bennelong. Provenance: Private collection (Sydney). A few spot to plates but a good, neat copy.
Rélation du Voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse

Rélation du Voyage à la Recherche de La Pérouse, fait par ordre de l’Assemblée Constituante, pendant les années 1791, 1792, et pendant la 1ère et la 2de année de la République Françoise

LABILLARDIERE, Jacques Julien Houtou de Two volumes, large quarto, with folio atlas containing 44 engraved plates and maps; an excellent uniform set, the text completely untrimmed, in original glazed buff-coloured boards. First edition of the narrative by the naturalist on the d'Entrecasteaux expedition, in which Australia was fully circumnavigated, if sometimes at a distance, and the islands surrounding investigated for traces of La Pérouse. Labillardière, botanist on the voyage, remains an important figure in early Australian science as the author of the first extensive monograph on Australian botany. The voyage spent many months on the coasts of Western Australia, just a year after Vancouver's visit, and made two long visits to Tasmania, charting, botanising and exploring the coasts. The visits are remembered in numerous place names, most notably Recherche Archipelago and Recherche Bay, named for the expedition's ship. Labillardière's account is one of very few eighteenth-century accounts of Australian exploration, and the only major French account of the continent in the early settlement period to be published in the same century. The important narrative based on the commander d'Entrecasteaux's papers, did not appear until 1808. The work is particularly interesting for its descriptions (and illustrations) of Tasmania, Tonga, New Caledonia, and New Guinea, and the atlas contains outstanding views of these areas by the official artist Piron. Included is the famous engraving of the black swan. the first large depiction of the exotic Australian bird. Fourteen botanical plates, all by or produced under the direction of Redouté, the most famous of all botanical artists, include two of Eucalypts and two of Banksias. It was a notable voyage in itself, although also beset by tragedy: the commander, d'Entrecasteaux, died of a 'dreadful cholic' shortly before the expedition collapsed in Batavia. There they learned of the French Revolution, and D'Auribeau, then commander, and the principal officers being monarchists, put themselves under Dutch protection, arrested the remainder of the officers, including Labillardière the naturalist, and Piron the artist, and disposed of the ships. D'Auribeau in turn died, and was succeeded by Rossel, who managed to return to Europe and later edited the manuscripts for the official account. The papers and natural history specimens were seized en route and carried to England, but in 1796, with the urging of Sir Joseph Banks, were returned to France under a flag of truce. Because Labillardière was a Republican, his account appeared first, while that of d'Entrecasteaux had to wait until the restoration of the monarchy. The atlas appeared a year earlier than the text. Provenance: Bookplate of Henri Lyon Neat paper repair to margin of atlas title-page; front inner hinge of the atlas binding opening but strongly held; the original bindings in good state with some repairs at edges and spines.
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HANDBUCH DER NATURGESCHICHTE FUR DIE JUGEND UND IHRE LEHRER.

WILMSEN, Friedrich Philipp Three octavo text volumes and oblong quarto atlas; the text volumes with fine engraved titles, the atlas profusely illustrated with 50 plates, 48 of them finely hand-coloured; original half mottled calf, spines gilt with ivory title-labels (texts) and original quarter shagreen over blind-stamped boards (atlas). A beautiful work for the education of the young. The fine large coloured plates in the atlas depict mammals (including the kangaroo), birds, amphibians, fish, and insects as well as as botany and minerals. The images were drawn from nature by Georg Bretzing, Ludwig Meyer, Muller and Weber, and engraved by Bretzing, Guimpel, Meno Haas, Friedrich Wilhelm Meyer, Ludwig Meyer, Tissot and Wachsmann. This delightful assembly was the work of the reformist theologian Friedrich Philipp Wilmsen (1770-1831), a pastor in Berlin who was both friend and confessor to the great composer Felix Mendelssohn. Wilmsen was an enthusiastic writer of works for the young across a wide range of subjects, partly influenced by Swiss theologians including Johann Jakob Hesse who had begun a tradition of writing indigenous Bible stories for Swiss children characterised by a religious tolerance and teaching across all economic divides. The comprehensive texts cite references to Lichtenstein, Krug, and Blumenbach amongst others. Rare. A most attractive set, with some offsetting to the plates in the atlas.
The Botanic Garden parts XVI-XIX

The Botanic Garden parts XVI-XIX

MAUND, Benjamin The collection comprises 46 separately issued parts in original wrappers, numbered 194-240, being complete parts XVI-XIX for the years 1841-1844; lacking one issue for October 1842, otherwise a continuous series each with a handcoloured plate illustrating four species followed by letterpress; beautifully preserved large paper issue preserved in a custom built folding case. Benjamin Maund (1790-1864) botanist and horticulturist, started out as apprentice to a printer and bookseller in Ludlow named Thomas Griffiths. In 1815 he bought his own business and moved to the High Street, where he prospered, combining his work as a printer and publisher with his passion for plants; at the rear of the business he had a large garden and was able to experiment with seeds and plants obtained from around the world. Clearly somewhat of a social pollinator himself, Maund worked in closely with master horticulturalists at the Birmingham Horticultural Society and similar associations. The publication of the Botanic Garden spanned the years 1825-1851. Each issue of the Botanic Garden contains three parts. The first is the Botanic Garden as such: a plate illustrating four species followed by letterpress descriptions of each. The second part is The Floral Register, another independent work issued serially and separately paginated. The third is titled The Auctarium of the Botanical Garden; containing miscellaneous information connected with the cultivation of a garden, and natural history. It was intended that each of these three parts would be assembled and separately bound when completed, evidenced by the inclusion of free-standing title-pages and index leaves for each part. This fact makes the survival of an almost complete run in original wrappers, such as this fine example, highly unlikely. The rear cover of each of the wrappers is a gardener's calendar, listing seasonal tasks and maintenance chores, and would have been discarded when the constituent parts were bound up. Not content with his already ambitious project, Maund added a fourth part to the publication commencing January 1843, being Professor Henslow's Dictionary of English and Latin Terms used in Botanical Descriptions. As the front wrapper indicates this was available as a large paper issue (1s. 6p.) and regular for a single shilling apiece. This collection here offered is an excellent example of the large paper issue. Maund was overwhelmingly successful in sharing his horticultural enthusiasm with a wide public, and enjoyed the support of none less than Queen Victoria. The plants included are primarily exotics from across Europe and beyond, including Nepal, Mexico, Siberia, Virginia, China, the Falkland Islands, and so forth. One Australian acacia, illustrated with a two page description, is included. The engraving and handcolouring of the plates is unusually good, with fine tone and colour gradation, and Maund's own daughters were actively involved in the process. Not all sets are coloured, as a loosely inserted advertisement announces that an uncoloured 'Gardener's edition' will commence from 1843. Of additional interest is a catalogue of some six pages bound into one of the issues, advertising plants available from the Handsworth nursery near Birmingham, J. Pope and Sons proprietors. Two of the rear covers are missing, and a few wrappers a little chipped; nonetheless a very fine set.
An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales

An Account of the State of Agriculture & Grazing in New South Wales, including observations on the soils and general appearance of the country. with an account of the various methods of clearing and improving lands, breeding and grazing live stock, erecting buildings.

ATKINSON, James Octavo, half-title, with four hand-coloured aquatint plates, and advertisement leaf for the printer Joseph Cross; a very attractive copy in modern half calf. Scarce: The first book on Australian agriculture, with the earliest published architectural drawing of an Australian house. Atkinson's account of the agricultural and pastoral frontier, based on several years' personal experience, is at once a practical guide and a descriptive survey of the agricultural districts and large establishments. It is one of the best early sources for the details of life in the bush. Written specifically to provide 'information important to those who are about to emigrate to this Country', it is based on Atkinson's own experiences in the Southern Highlands of NSW, now an idyllic country area an hour from Sydney but then almost a frontier settlement. Atkinson was father of the novelist, Louisa Atkinson, and first husband of Charlotte Barton, author of the first Australian children's book. His house Oldbury is today the oldest surviving house in the Southern Highlands, built on the land he was granted in the Bong Bong district in 1821-2. He named the property for his birthplace in Kent, England. His ground-plan of Oldbury which appears in this book is especially important as the earliest published architectural drawing of an Australian house. This book was issued in two forms, with or without an additional folding view and a map; this is the issue without the extra illustrations.
Journal of Captain Cook's Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean

Journal of Captain Cook’s Last Voyage to the Pacific Ocean, on Discovery; performed in the years 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779, illustrated with cuts and a chart, shewing the tracts of the ships employed in this expedition. Faithfully narrated from the original Ms

COOK: THIRD VOYAGE] RICKMAN, John Octavo, with a folding map and five engraved plates (one folding); the leaf D4 cancelled as usual and replaced with four unsigned leaves; contemporary polished calf with spine label "Newberry's Collection Voyages" and the volume number '6' (the book was sometimes included in sets by the publisher, without acknowledgement on the title-page, and such numbering is not unusual). The first full account in English of Cook's third voyage: this is one of the most significant of the surreptitious accounts of Cook's voyages - the unauthorised accounts published anonymously to avoid repercussions from the Admiralty, who had embargoed the publication of private narratives before the appearance of the official narratives. In this example, Rickman scooped the official version by a full three years. This is therefore the first full authentic description of Hawaii to appear in English, and the engraved frontispiece "Representation of the Murder of Capt. Cooke at O-Why-ee" is in fact the first representation of Hawaii in a printed book. Though published anonymously, this scarce and important account of the voyage was conclusively shown by Judge Howay (Zimmermann's Captain Cook, Toronto, 1930) to have been the work of John Rickman, a lieutenant on the voyage. His description of the voyage, as well as predating the official account, differs from it in many respects - particularly regarding the death of Cook, for which this is a prime source. David Forbes identifies four variant states of the book ("A" to "D"), without assigning priority. This is an example of his state "B" with various identifying misprints and pagination errors. Many editions and versions of the book followed in later years, attesting to its popularity and importance. Very slight rubbing to binding but an excellent copy.
A New

A New, Authentic, and Complete Collection of Voyages Round the World. Undertaken and Performed by Royal Authority. Containing a New, Authentic, Entertaining, Instructive. Account of Captain Cook’s First, Second, Third and Last Voyages. and now publishing under the immediate direction of George William Anderson, Esq

COOK: COLLECTED VOYAGES] ANDERSON, George William Folio, with altogether 157 engraved maps, plans and views, with about 25 of the plates having more than one image; a nice old binding of half dark green calf, red morocco label, the sides dwecrated glazed dark green moiré cloth. An unusually good, complete copy of this huge compendium of Cook's three voyages (and accounts of a few other voyages: Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Anson and Drake), published quickly after publication of the official accounts of the Cook voyages. Either in its issue in separate parts or as a single volume, this is a publication that must have been widely read to pieces given the poor condition in which most copies survive today. This popular single-volume edition of Cook's Voyages is in a format that manages to squeeze over a million words into the one volume. It was 'printed in a very large edition over a number of years. The added list of subscribers has numerous variations, and the title pages appear with several distinct forms.' (Forbes). This copy corresponds to the third of the four states identified by Forbes, with a lettering change on the title-page. Originally published in eighty sixpenny numbers, most of them including two engravings, the book was gathered together either by subscribers to the parts or later by the publishers to make a single volume. This is an example of the volume issue, which therefore dispenses with any list of subscribers. Anderson says of his popular one-volume version that he was 'assisted, very materially, by a Principal Officer who sailed in the Resolution. and by other Gentlemen of the Royal Navy', and certainly the text does include material not found in the official accounts. He also harangues us that 'some other Editions of these Works (unnecessarily extended to many large volumes, by loose printing, blank paper, and other artifices, practised by many mercinary persons) would cost the purchaser the enormous sum of upwards of Twenty Guineas; so that the thousands of persons who would wish to peruse the valuable discoveries so partially communicated to the world, and view the astonishing fine copper plates, have hitherto been excluded from gratifying their eager curiosity; This Edition, being published in only Eighty Six-penny Numbers (making, when completed, One Large Handsome Volume in Folio) enables every person, whatever may be his circumstances, to become familiarly acquainted with those extraordinary and important voyages and discoveries. and the obvious intention of the King and Government, that the Improvements and Discoveries. might be communicated to the whole world, will of course be more fully answered'. Anderson also changed his mind a few times: while the title-page fairly accurately notes that it contains "upwards of one hundred and fifty" engravings, the Preface is still claiming "upwards of two hundred and twenty". In fact there are altogether 157 engravings, confirmed by the listing of plates on the final leaf, although a number of the plates incorporate multiple images. Provenance: Erica A. McKerrow (visiting card as bookplate). Joints of the binding repaired.
Cook

Cook, the Discoverer (deluxe edition)

FORSTER, Georg Quarto (248 x 212 mm), 276 pages, two illustrations, numbered and signed by Dr Nigel Erskine, 1 of ten hors-serie for presentation; bound in tan kangaroo leather and housed in a specially designed cloth slipcase by Wayne Stock. Deluxe issue of the first English edition of one of the earliest and best biographies of Captain James Cook, limited to just fifty copies. This work includes a 106-page exact facsimile of the rare original German printing of 1787, followed by a newly-commissioned 116-page English translation. Although the relationship between the Forsters and the British establishment soured on their return in 1775, Georg continued to show the utmost admiration for his former captain's resolve and skill as an explorer. Over the following decade he published many books on voyages and the Pacific, and was already considered an expert when he was commissioned by the Berlin publishers Haude & Spener to translate the official third voyage account into German, to be accompanied by a new introduction and memoir of Cook. Richly detailed, the essay combines personal memoir with a carefully argued appraisal of Cook's unique contribution to scientific discovery on all three voyages: Forster always believed that the essay finally did justice to the memory of the great discoverer, drawing from his personal experience of sailing on the great second voyage. With an introductory essay by Dr Nigel Erskine, former Curator of Discovery at the Australian National Maritime Museum.
A Discourse upon some late improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners. Delivered at the Anniversary Meeting of the Royal Society

A Discourse upon some late improvements of the Means for Preserving the Health of Mariners. Delivered at the Anniversary Meeting of the Royal Society, November 30, 1776. By Sir John Pringle, Baronet, President. Published by their Order

COOK: SCURVY] PRINGLE, Sir John, editor Small quarto, [iv], 44 pp. with the half-title, woodcut title device and headpiece, leaf C4 a cancel as usual; modern green quarter morocco. Published after the second voyage, this is one of the most significant and one of the rarest of all the printed works relating to Cook's voyages: the first appearance in print of Cook's epoch-making account of the successful measures taken against scurvy on the first two voyages. There were several later versions and translations, but this original edition has long been acknowledged as a major rarity. The paper on scurvy was read to the Royal Society by its president, Sir John Pringle - in the absence of Cook himself, then just beginning his final voyage - as the year's Copley medal award, and immediately published in this form. Pringle's long presentation address, quoting directly from Cook and other sources, is followed by Cook's paper and an extract from a letter by Cook to Pringle written from Plymouth Sound in July 1776. The paper subsequently appeared in the official account of the second voyage and in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. In 1783 a series of six of Pringle's discourses at the annual presentations of the Copley medal was published in one volume. The winning of the battle against scurvy was one of the most important achievements in the general field of exploration. It made possible the major voyages that followed. As Robert Hughes so aptly put it in The Fatal Shore: 'malt juice and pickled cabbage put Europeans in Australia as microchip circuitry would put Americans on the moon.'.
An Historical Collection of the several Voyages and Discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean

An Historical Collection of the several Voyages and Discoveries in the South Pacific Ocean

DALRYMPLE, Alexander Two volumes, quarto, 16 engraved maps and plates (mostly folding), half-titles, with the rare contents leaf; an extremely attractive set in contemporary tree calf, spine ruled in gilt with double red and green morocco labels. The highly influential gathering together of geographical knowledge of the Pacific, published during Cook's first voyage and encapsulating the knowledge available from the past for the new explorers, and painting the geographical picture that Cook's voyages would change. The great hydrographer's history of the early voyages to the Southern Ocean is a foundation work for any collection of Pacific voyages. More commonly seen with both volumes bound together as one large volume, this fine and unusually complete set is in an attractive contemporary tree-calf binding. Alexander Dalrymple, the East India Company-trained hydrographer, had a lifelong interest in the mapping of the Pacific, and the present work is his magnum opus on the subject. Dalrymple had originally been offered the command of the Endeavour voyage to observe the transit of Venus, but partly because of his insistence on being given an Admiralty commission, the command went to Cook instead. His disappointment is hinted at in the remarkable "undedications" of this work, a series of barely disguised and very bitter digs at the three great circumnavigators Byron, Carteret and Wallis. The work is most famous for its suite of privately-printed maps and views, including his genuinely important "Map of the World, on a new projection" (sometimes called his map of "The Great Pacific Ocean"), and it is fair to say that its original publication effectively announced the dawn of the golden age of Pacific exploration. Dalrymple collected together all the major accounts of Spanish and Dutch voyages: beginning with Magellan's voyage of 1519, together with the Spanish accounts including those of Mendana to the Solomon Islands in 1595 and Quiros in 1606. The Dutch accounts include those of Le Maire, Schouten, Tasman and Roggeveen. Dalrymple's long introduction on trade and his 'investigation of what may be farther expected in the South Sea' expound his belief in the existence of a "Great Southern Continent", a theory firmly laid to rest when Cook later sailed right over it. This is an excellent copy of the regular issue of the work dated 1770-1771. While collations by later bibliographers sometimes vary, this set does include the full suite of 16 maps and plates, as well as the rare contents leaf with the directions for placing the plates. Provenance: Samuel Leightonhouse of Orford House, Ugley, Essex (?-1823) with his armorial bookplates.
A Voyage towards the South Pole

A Voyage towards the South Pole, and Round the World, Performed in His Majesty’s Ships the Resolution and Adventure, in the years 1772, 1773, 1774, and 1775. Written by James Cook, Commander of the Resolution. In which is included, Captain Furneaux’s Narrative of his proceedings in the Adventure during the separation of the ships

COOK: SECOND VOYAGE] COOK, Captain James Two volumes, quarto, with frontispiece portrait and 63 engraved charts, portraits and plates; in a handsome contemporary binding of russia leather, ornately decorated in blind and gilt. Cook's great second voyage: the official account, prepared for publication by the navigator himself. The superb engravings, here in fine black impressions, are mostly the work of Hodges whose recording of the voyage resulted also in a superb series of oil-paintings. This is a good example of the second of four London editions of the full work (there were many abridgments and translations). Disappointed with Hawkesworth's rendering of his first voyage in An Account of the Voyages. (1773), Cook was determined that the second would not be similarly treated: although he had the editorial help of Dr John Douglas this 'is certainly Cook's book. There were to be no more Hawkesworths. "The Journal of my late voyage", writes Cook to his friend Commodore Wilson at Great Ayton, "will be published in the course of next winter, and I am to have the sole advantage of sale. It will want those flourishes which Dr Hawkesworth gave the other, but it will be illustrated and ornamented with about sixty copper plates, which I am of opinion, will exceed every thing that has been done in a work of this kind. As to the Journal, it must speak for itself. I can only say that it is my own narrative, and as it was written during the voyage" .' (Beaglehole). The two resulting quarto volumes, with their dramatic illustrations after the expedition's official artist, William Hodges, 'would have given pleasure to any author', but they were never seen by Cook, who had embarked on his fatal last voyage by the time they appeared. This was historically the most important of Cook's three voyages. For the first time the Antarctic circle was crossed when, at the beginning of the voyage, Cook cruised as far south as possible, round the edge of the Antarctic ice. His belief in the existence of a land-mass in the southern ice ring was eventually proved by the nineteenth-century explorers. In the Pacific, he visited New Zealand again, and either discovered or revisited many of the islands, including New Caledonia, Palmerston and Norfolk Islands, Easter Island, the Marquesas, New Hebrides, Tonga, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia. Some light browning and offsetting as often; an excellent copy, spines expertly restored by Aquarius.
The Royal Society Medal

The Royal Society Medal, in commemoration of Captain Cook. Silver issue. Obverse: Uniformed bust of James Cook. Reverse: Fortune leaning upon a column, holding a rudder on a globe

COOK: MEDAL] PINGO, Lewis Silver medal, 43 mm. diameter; relief bust of Captain Cook on recto, full-length relief portrait of Fortune leaning on a column while resting her hand upon a rudder and globe on verso. The handsome silver issue of the Royal Society's formal memorial to the great navigator. Fellows of the Royal Society were entitled to a free bronze medal, while silver and gold issues were available by subscription only; some were reserved for presentation. L. Richard Smith (in The Royal Society Cook Medal, Sydney, 1982) has suggested a probable final minting figure of 22 gold, 322 silver and 577 bronze medals. An engraving of the medal was printed on the title-page of the second and third editions (and some copies of the first) of the official account. The commissioning of this medal was due above all else to the efforts of Sir Joseph Banks, who supervised 'the minting and distribution of the Royal Society Cook medal as a personal task coincident with the publication of the narrative of the tragic third voyage' (H.B. Carter, Sir Joseph Banks, 1988, p. 168). Cook's European reputation is borne out by several letters to Banks from the Continent requesting specimens of the medal, including one from Bougainville, who wrote in June 1785 to remind Banks that as a member since 1756 he felt entitled to one (see The Banks Letters, ed. W.R. Dawson, 1958, p. 122).
Dernier Voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde

Dernier Voyage du Capitaine Cook autour du monde, où se trouvent les circonstances de sa mort, publié en allemand par Henri Zimmermann témoin oculaire, & traduit avec un abrégé de la vie de ce navigateur célèbre, & des notes

COOK: THIRD VOYAGE] ZIMMERMANN, Heinrich Octavo, woodcut vignette on title; contemporary continental (?Swiss) mottled calf, spine with small floral device gilt in compartments between raised bands, double orange labels just chipped at edges; a nice copy. The second French edition, and very scarce. Beddie records only the Mitchell and National Library copies in Australia. 'Both French editions are of great rarity and are of interest not only on that account but because of the additional matter which they contain.' (Holmes). Zimmermann's eye-witness account of Cook's third voyage first appeared, in German, at Mannheim in 1781. The French version was next, with this second French edition and a second German edition appearing in 1783. Dutch editions appeared in 1784 and 1791, and a Russian version was published at St Petersburg in 1786 (Kroepelien, 1365). These seem to have been all the appearances of the narrative until the Alexander Turnbull Library published Tewsley's translation in 1926. As Rodney Davidson wrote of the early printings, 'all these editions are exceedingly rare. It is hard to predict the realisation price for a copy if one were to come into the open market, as competition between collectors would be very keen.'. In any early edition, this is one of the scarcest of all the Cook voyage accounts (there is for example no copy of any of the eighteenth century editions in the catalogue of the Hill collection). It was the first description of the third voyage to appear on the continent, and as one of two accounts first published in 1781 - a full three years before the official account - it may well be the first description of the voyage to have been published. It includes an eyewitness account of Cook's death and is also 'valuable for his lower-deck impressions of the character of Cook.' (Beaglehole). 'Zimmermann, a native of Speyer, was coxswain in the Discovery. From the start of the voyage he determined to keep a shorthand journal of the voyage and to retain it, despite the instructions. demanding the surrender of all logs and journals. His account is by no means free from errors, but it has an ingenuousness and charm which differentiate it from the other accounts. His appreciation of Cook's character deserves to rank with that of Samwell' (Holmes). Provenance: Rodney Davidson (with bookplate).
Memoirs of an Aristocrat

Memoirs of an Aristocrat, and Reminiscences of the Emperor Napoleon. By a Midshipman of the Bellerophon

COOK] HOME, George Octavo, a good, tall copy, edges rough-trimmed only, in modern boards. A punchy and garrulous medley of biographical anecdotes by George Home, the son of Alexander Home, who was the quartermaster of the Discovery on Captain Cook's third voyage. Among much of interest, this surprisingly uncommon book prints a long and controversial description of Cook's death in Hawaii based on anecdotes told to Home by his father. This is an important little part of the Cook canon: Beaglehole, for example, wrote: 'We may feel we know better Alexander Home of the Discovery if we read the spirited, admiring, libellous, and anonymous book by his son, in which he is the conventional sea-dog, retired; jovial, reminiscent, respected; half-blind and growing blinder by his adventures with powder and shot, his exertions for his country, as he waits on his starveling Berwickshire farm for triumph in his claim to an earldom' (preface to Cook's third voyage journals, p. lxxxii). Apparently Alexander never tired of narrating anecdotes from the voyage (always pausing to dwell on the dusky beauties of Tongataboo) and in this book his son George includes a much-discussed eight-page description of Cook's death. Numerous interesting details emerge: Alexander describes that upon returning to the Discovery after collecting wood, Vancouver passed his glass and he saw the captain being stabbed upon the beach. Furthermore, he asserts Cook was responsible for his own demise by ordering the marines to fire in volleys rather than at will. More contentious are claims of gross cowardice levelled against Lieutenant John Williamson, who purportedly escaped court-martial through connivance and bribery. Alexander's journal was taken by the admiralty upon his return. Much of Memoirs of an Aristocrat is concerned with family fortunes: feeling diddled out of an earldom by rivals, Alexander and his offspring pursued the claim while living a meagre life from the land.
Memoirs of an Aristocrat

Memoirs of an Aristocrat, and Reminiscences of the Emperor Napoleon. By a Midshipman of the Bellerophon

COOK: REMINISCENCES] HOME, George Octavo, old half calf, spine banded in gilt and decorated in blind. This is the London printing of Home's work printed in Edinburgh the year before. A punchy and garrulous medley of biographical anecdotes by George Home, the son of Alexander Home, who was the quartermaster of the Discovery on Captain Cook's third voyage. Among much of interest, this surprisingly uncommon book prints a long and controversial description of Cook's death in Hawaii based on anecdotes told him by his father. This is an important little part of the Cook canon: Beaglehole, for example, wrote: 'We may feel we know better Alexander Home of the Discovery if we read the spirited, admiring, libellous, and anonymous book by his son, in which he is the conventional sea-dog, retired; jovial, reminiscent, respected; half-blind and growing blinder by his adventures with powder and shot, his exertions for his country, as he waits on his starveling Berwickshire farm for triumph in his claim to an earldom' (preface to Cook's third voyage journals, p. lxxxii). Apparently Alexander never tired of narrating anecdotes from the voyage (always pausing to dwell on the dusky beauties of Tongataboo) and in this book his son George includes a much-discussed eight-page description Cook's death. Numerous interesting details emerge: Alexander describes that upon returning to the Discovery after collecting wood, Vancouver passed his glass and he saw the captain being stabbed upon the beach. Furthermore, he asserts Cook was responsible for his own demise by ordering the marines to fire in volleys rather than at will. More contentious are claims of gross cowardice levelled against Lieutenant John Williamson, who purportedly escaped court-martial through connivance and bribery. Alexander's journal was taken by the admiralty upon his return. Much of Memoirs of an Aristocrat is concerned with family fortunes: feeling diddled out of an earldom by rivals, Alexander and his offspring pursued the claim while living a meagre life from the land. Provenance: Undecipherable owner's signature dated 1847 at head of prelims. Some light staining in places; boards rubbed.
Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique.

Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique.

DUFOUR, Joseph after Jean-Gabriel CHARVET Single panel of wall hanging, 520 x 2250 mm., printed in colour from woodblocks with the colouring finished by hand, in fine condition, mounted on silk, framed. This glorious vision of a Tahitian picnic is one of the most striking sections of the famous Dufour panorama, one of the rarest and most beautiful and valuable of Pacific icons and an outstanding example of French colour printing. Since this piece has remained unused it is a particularly tall example, and in superb condition. This is one of the series of 20 strips which were designed to form a continuous panorama relating to the discoveries of Cook, La Pérouse, and other voyagers among the Pacific islands. The remarkable vision of an arcadian Pacific was produced in the Lyonnais town of Mâcon by Joseph Dufour (1752-1827) after designs by the little-known Jean-Gabriel Charvet (1750-1829). 'Incorporating ideas from the theatre and landscape design, and utilising visual and literary sources, it summarises fifty years of French interest in the south seas. With its luminous fresh colour, animated scenes, and lush landscape, it was an important achievement in French decorative arts, largely launching a taste for scenic wallpapers, a fashion that lasted for sixty years.' This panel fits in the panorama between the natives of Nootka Sound and the dance performed for the Tahitian King Otoo. It depicts the 'sinister Tahitian sect, the Arioi, here enjoying a picnic; they were in fact a mysterious cult that engaged in free-love and offered up human sacrifice. The scene is bucolic, but the accompanying text slyly introduces a frisson of erotic violence, cautioning the reader that when the Arioi think themselves alone, "especially at night, their dances are particularly abandoned".' (Martin Terry). Looking more like Roman centurions or Greek archers, their classical appearance recalls such comments as those of Joseph Banks in Thoughts on the Manners of Otaheite, who wrote of the resemblance of the Tahitians to the ancient Greeks. Dufour published a 48-page booklet which described the tableau and in which he declared his intention as to create something "striking and new in the field of painted paper", in which people would act as "the companions of the most enterprising travellers", visiting the "multitude of people the immensity of the oceans keeps far from us". Above all, "the aim of this enterprise. is to please the eyes and fill the imagination without being boring". Because the panorama was intended to be mounted in a room virtually as wallpaper, very few examples have survived the vicissitudes of decorating fashions and the few examples to come on the market have tended to be in poor condition. This example is in superb condition and with the fullest possible dimensions because it remained unused until its modern framing; examples that have been used have more often than not been cut down to meet room heights. The only known specimens of the panorama held in Australian institutions are in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Australia. In particularly fine condition with the colours fresh and bright, since until its framing in modern times this remained as an unused roll.
Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait

Narrative of a Voyage to the Pacific and Beering’s Strait, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions [.] in the years 1825, 26, 27, 28

BEECHEY, Frederick William Two volumes, quarto, with two large folding engraved maps, a double page map, and 23 plates, all but four of which are engraved, the others lithographed; with the additional half-page errata slip in vol. 1; an excellent and large copy, edges rough-trimmed only, in the original plain grey boards, spines and labels renewed; the front covers boldly titled in ink capital letters; remnants of similarly hand-lettered spines preserved at the back of each volume. First edition of 'one of the most valuable of modern voyages' (Sabin). HMS Blossom was commissioned as a relief expedition to Bering Strait to meet Parry and Franklin on their search for a northwest passage, and to explore the areas of the Pacific on her route. The ship visited Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, and the Mangarevas (where Beechey was the first European to land), sailed through the Tuamotus, reached Tahiti and made a stop in Hawaii. At Kamchatka Beechey learned of Parry's return, and spent July to October in Kotzebue Sound, tragically missing Franklin near Point Barrow, Alaska, by fifty leagues. The next year he continued his exploration of the Arctic, entering Kotzebue Sound from the west. His book gives especially good accounts of his visits to San Francisco, Monterey, Honolulu, and Okinawa. --- Forbes has discussed the book at length in the Hawaiian National Bibliography with respect to the two important visits that the expedition made to Hawaii in 1826 and 1827, an important time in the history of the islands, and falling either side of the signing of the treaty of alliance between Hawaii and the United States. Beechey describes his important visit to Pitcairn Island, and publishes the detailed description of the mutiny on the Bounty that was told to him by John Adams, the last of the survivors. This is one of the most important accounts of the mutiny and the fate of the mutineers, and this version of the history of the mutiny and events on Pitcairn is enlivened by two fine engraved views of the island by Captain Beechey himself, as well as the very famous portrait of Adams aged 65, from an original sketch by Richard Beechey. There are also many other views, including one of California, and five of Okinawa. This is the so-called "Admiralty" quarto edition, which preceded the lesser octavo edition of the same year. This splendid copy was originally owned by an important woman collector (see Charlotte Priddle, Eliza Giffard and Her Books, 1797-2015: The Legacies of a Regency Library, Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, Vol. 1, No. 2 (2017), pp. 153-170). Miss Giffard was a subscriber to a number of voyage books that solicited subscriptions, including Watkin Tench's First Fleet books. Tench's patron was William Watkins Wynne, Giffard's near neighbour at Nerquis (now Nercwys) near Mold in Flintshire, Wales. Provenance: Private collection (Sydney). Eliza Giffard of Nerquis, with her distinctive inscription on endpapers of each volume; Marks & Co. (bookseller's label: 84 Charing Cross Rd); Frederick E. Ellis (with his Shaw Island bookplate; library dispersed 1989).
Eloge Historique de François Péron

Eloge Historique de François Péron, rédacteur du Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes.

BAUDIN VOYAGE] [PERON] ALARD, Marie Quarto, pp. [ii], lv; engraved frontispiece portrait of Péron after Charles Alexandre Lesueur; modern half green morocco. Rare eulogy for François Péron, the naturalist on the Baudin voyage, commissioned by his great friend Lesueur, and delivered at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris by the body's secretary-general, Alard. Editor of the first portion of the official account of Baudin's voyage (which was completed after his death by his friend and fellow-explorer Louis de Freycinet), Péron had travelled as zoologist-anthropologist on the voyage, and was effectively the leader of those who took issue with the commander's anti-science stance. Péron certainly took his revenge after Baudin's death: nowhere in the text of Péron's account of the voyage is Baudin's name mentioned; and while no Australian placename commemorates the commander's name, Peron Peninsula is a sizeable memorial to the scientist. --- Péron (1775-1810) was born in Cérilly, and originally intended to join the priesthood, but reluctantly joined the army in 1792 to defend Landau. Wounded and imprisoned, he spent the following two years locked up in the Fortress of Magdeburg, during which time he lost sight in one eye: when he finally returned to France in 1794 this injury meant that he was invalided out of the army. He won a scholarship to study medicine in Paris but in 1800, crossed in love, he sought refuge on the Baudin voyage, where he was appointed as a trainee zoologist. Péron and Baudin clashed continually, but when the two senior zoologists died, the young man was promoted, and proved himself an able scientist. On his return from the voyage, Péron was given the task of preparing the narrative account for publication, but his health - never good - was deteriorating, and despite time spent on the Mediterranean coast trying to recuperate, he died at home in Cérilly in December 1810 from tuberculosis, his boon companion Lesueur, artist on the Baudin voyage, by his side. Lesueur was devastated; he had prepared a wonderful portrait of his friend surrounded by books and maps for publication in the official account of the Baudin voyage: another version of it was specially engraved as frontispiece for this eulogy. The publication is rare: Ferguson knew only the National Library of Australia copy (but, evidently in error, suggested that there should also be a plate showing Péron's tomb: such a plate does exist but in fact belongs with another reminiscence of Péron, by Deleuze, with which the National Library's copy is bound). Provenance: Private collection (Sydney). Light waterstain to top margin of engraved frontispiece; otherwise in fine condition.
Rapport sur la recherche à faire de M. de la Pérouse

Rapport sur la recherche à faire de M. de la Pérouse, fait à l’Assemblée Nationale, au nom de ses deux Comités d’Agriculutre [sic], Commerce & de la Marine, précédé de la pétition de la société d’histoire naturelle de Paris, sur la même sujet

LA PEROUSE] DELATTRE, François Pascal Octavo, 16 pp.; tipped into modern wrappers, with a fitted case. The direct catalyst for the D'Entrecasteaux voyage in search of La Pérouse, who had not been heard from since 1788: the exceptionally rare separate printing of the petition to the Assemblée Nationale for an expedition in search of the French navigator, and the consequent report to the Assembly by Delattre, the deputy for Abbeville. It was this petition and report that compelled the National Assembly to issue its first decree in February 1791 formally acknowledging its fears for the expedition, as well as a second in April calling for the publication of all La Pérouse's accounts and charts. Delattre's work was thus directly responsible for the commissioning of the voyage of D'Entrecasteaux and Kermadec to search for their predecessor. --- No news of La Pérouse had been received since he failed to reach Mauritius in December 1788, and over the ensuing two years pressure mounted in France for an expedition to search for his two vessels. It was the Société d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris that made the fateful intervention when, in January 1791, they decided to petition the National Assembly. Delattre, one of their deputies and the chairman of the Comité d'Agriculture et de Commerce, was given the task of preparing the report published here, and of presenting their demands. Delattre compares apparent French inactivity to date unfavourably with the urgency that the British have shown in searching for the Bounty mutineers; he also points out that before the Revolution the King had ordered all vessels to respect the expeditions of Captain Cook: if France could be so generous to a British navigator they would do well now to show honour to their own. He insists that it is time for La Pérouse's intended route to be published so that all nations involved in Pacific trade and exploration can assist in locating the ships. He gives an overview of the proposed route, demonstrating that the two ships were supposed to have been in the Torres Strait by July 1788, from whence they were ordered to investigate the Gulf of Carpentaria and the coast of west Australia, before proceeding to Mauritius at the end of the year. The difficulty Ferguson had in cataloguing the work is testament to its rarity. He first noted it in the addenda to Volume II, basing his entry on the Edward Weber Allen checklist of La Pérouse (1941) and a copy in the Turnbull Library in New Zealand. The full entry in the Ferguson Addenda volume derives from a Maggs catalogue of 1950, with a record of three copies -- Allen Collection (California), Turnbull Library, and National Library of Australia. It was not recorded by McLaren for his bibliography "Lapérouse in the Pacific". This is the second time that we have handled this copy; the only other example that we have seen for sale in recent decades is now on exhibition at the Musée Maritime de Nouvelle-Calédonie. Provenance: Private collection (Sydney). A few age spots but in fine condition.