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Engraved View of the Settlement at Port Jackson
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1824. Engraved view, 145 x 208 mm.; tipped onto early album leaf with ink ruled margins, moderate discolouration affects left hand side of the plate, otherwise very good. Proof copy from the second edition. Rare proof impression before letters of artist Charles-Alexandre Lesueur's fine view of Sydney Cove, prepared for the 1824 second edition of Péron and Freycinet's Voyage de découvertes aux Terres Australes. Lesueur was appointed to the Baudin expedition as a gunner although his skill as an artist indicates this was an expedient manner of shipping him aboard. After the mass desertions at Mauritius on the voyage out, Lesueur and his companion Nicolas-Martin Petit took on the lion's share of scientific and topographical illustration. Proof states such as this one form an important record of the atlas in its final stages of production and correction.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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