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A Voyage Round the World. Performed by Order - Bougainville, Louis Antoine - 1772. 
London: J. Nourse, 1772. 6/25/16. 4to. xxviii, 476 pp. b/w folding plates and charts. First English edition, translated from the French edition of 1771 by John Reinhold Forster (though Hill attributes the translation to his son, Georg). This was the first French expedition to sail around the world, going first to the Falklands, then through the Straits of Magellan to Tahiti and across the Pacific. Culturally, it had enormous importance to the French, inspiring LaPerouse and seeming to validate Rousseau?s concept of the noble savage. This first English edition, as Hill notes, contains a vocabulary of the language of Tahiti. Sabin 6869. Hill 165. O?Reilly & Reitmann 285. Five folding charts, 1 folding plate. Text, plates and maps are clean and in very good condition, with only light offsetting from some of the folding maps. Text block untrimmed. Bound in calf over marbled boards. Backstrip worn, spine label lacking.
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