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BOUGAINVILLE, Louis-Antoine de.
A voyage round the world. Performed by order of his most christian majesty, in the years 1766, 1767, 1768, and 1769. Translated from the French by John Reinhold Forster.
London, J. Nourse & T. Davies, 1772.4to. Contempoary calf, rebacked with the original spine laid dow, spine richly gilt. With engraved folding plate depicting Tahitian canoes and 5 folding engraved maps. XXVIII,476 pp.First English edition; first published in Paris in 1771: Voyage autour du monde. - First official French circumnavigation of the world. Louis Antoine Bougainville gives an account of the discovery, occupation and natural history of the Falkland Islands, which he handed over to Spain. He describes in detail the expulsion of the Jesuits of Paraguay, his visits to Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo and Patagonia in South America, the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti (a vocabulary of Tahiti is added), the Samoa Islands, the New Hebrides, the Solomon, Luisiada, and New Britain archipelago, the Moluccas, etc. are described. Bougainville created a great deal of interest among the French in the Pacific and the French philosophers could substantiate the theories concerning the question of the 'noble savage' and the influence of society and it laws on men. On Tahiti became evident that the botanist's valet was a woman, Jeanne Barre; she stayed with the expedition and became the first woman on record to have circumnavigated the globe.The translator was John Reinhold Forster, the naturalist who accompanied Cook on his second voyage. - Some age-browning otherwise a fine large paper copy.Sabin 6869; Hill 165; Borba de Moraes I, p.115; Dunmore, French explorers in the Pacific pp.58-113; Brosse, Great voyages of discovery, pp.24-32; Howgego B141. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Gert Jan Bestebreurtje Rare Books (ILAB) [Vianen, Netherlands]
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