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Laplace, Cyrille Pierre Théodore
Voyage autour du monde par les mers de l'Inde et de Chine [exécuté sur la corvette de l'État La Favorite pendant les années 1830, 1831 et 1832, sous le commandement de M. Laplace, capitaine de frégate, publié par ordre du ministre de la marine
1833-35. Paris, Arthus Bertrand. First edition. 6 volumes comprising: Text volumes 1-4 (without the zoology volume.) 8vo., "Atlas hydrographique" (with 11 large engr. maps) large folio, and "Album" of Laplace's voyage,folio, with 72 magnificent aquatint plates depicting views, costume and maritime scenery, light foxing, mostly marginal in the "Album". Contemporary red half-morocco gilt (text vols.), atlas volumes bound to match, a fine set.- First edition, a significant official publication of Laplace’s 19thcentury circumnavigation, and an interesting publication, in which the plates are in aquatint. The album historique is absolutely remarkable, and consists of sixty-one landscape views including three of Australia (the Derwent River, Vooloo-Moloo, Sydney Harbour), two of Rio, four of Malacca, two of Singapore, several of Isle Bourbon, 3 of Valparaiso, India, the Philippines, China and New Zealand. Apart from the views the remaining plates depict the exotic costume of the countries visited. Interestingly the Laplace atlas is the only one of French Pacific "Grand Voyage" historical atlases to have been executed in aquatint. The publication of this work was entrusted to Sainson who prepared a number of the drawings and personally supervised the printing of the plates. Laplace (1793-1875), born at sea, joined the navy as a midshipman and rose though the ranks. In December 1829 Laplace was commissioned to take an expedition to India, the East Indies, and South East Asia, and then if he chose, to proceed to the South Pacific. His instructions were to prov … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: HS Rare Books [Argentina]

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