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Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes Sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste, et la goelette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804
Paris, 1816. Three volumes, small and large quarto; the two-volume text with portrait frontispiece and two folding tables; the two-part large quarto atlas (bound in one volume) containing 40 plates (23 coloured and two folding) and 14 maps (two double-page and folding); slight worming affecting margins of five leaves, a few odd spots or stains, but generally an excellent set in French half maroon roan (neatly rebacked to period style) and contemporary glazed boards. The general reader's set of the Baudin voyage. The official account of the important Baudin voyage to Australia and the Pacific. As Baudin died in the course of the voyage, the narrative was begun by Péron, the expedition's naturalist, and completed by Freycinet after Péron's death. Volumes on hydrography were separately published and actually distributed by a different bookseller. This is the format in which the voyage publication is normally seen with two volumes of text and two parts of the atlas, often referred to as the "general reader's set". The exceptional illustrations are by the remarkable artist Charles-Alexandre Lesueur: "Lesueur's scientific work runs parallel to artistic work of great importance. He was at one and the same time draughtsman and painter, naturalist and landscape artist. His talent was recognised in France in his own lifetime, by the award... of the silver medal of the Société des Beaux-Arts..." (Baudin in Australian Waters, p. 26).The well-equipped Baudin expedition was one of the great French voyages of discovery, and made significant visits to Western Australia, Tasmania and Sydney. The coastal explorations are commemorated by numerous place-names along the Australian coast, especially in Tasmania and Western Australia.The French and English completed their circumnavigations of the Australian continent at approximately the same time, but Flinders's imprisonment by the French on Mauritius meant that it was this French account which contained the first complete and detailed chart of the Australian continent to appear in print. This map, often said to have been at least partly based on Flinders's charts and papers seized by the French, is one of the most beautiful, as well as one of the most famous of all maps of Australia.
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