2 MARCHAND, É. Claret de FLEURIEU. Voyage autour du monde 106


Description: A notable narrative with detailed information on Northwest America, in splendid bindings

MARCHAND, Étienne and Charles Pierre Claret de FLEURIEU.
Voyage autour du monde, pendant les anneés 1790, 1791 et 1792, par Étienne Marchand, précédé d'une introduction historique; auquel on a joint des recerches sur les terres Australes de Drake, et un examen critique du voyage de Roggeween.

Paris, De l'imprimerie de la République, [1798-1800]. 6 volumes: 5 text volumes and 1 atlas. Large 8vo (23 x 15 cm) and 4to atlas. Contemporary light brown calf, spine gilt with star and flower pattern and 2 red morocco title labels, gilt ornamental borders on sides, gilt board edges, gilt inner dentelles with meander pattern, g.e. (COURTEVAL). With 3 folding tables with vocabulary in 3rd volume and 15 engraved maps and 1 engraved plate in atlas volume. [4], VIII, CCI, [3], 294, [2]; VII, [1], 529, [1]; [2], VIII, 474, [2]; VIII, 494, [2]; XII, 559, [5]; [2], VIII, 158, [2] pp.

A renowned account of the first French commercial voyage to the Pacific Northwest, under command of Étienne Marchand. The main objective of the voyage was to trade fur from North America with Cantonese merchants and to return with Chinese merchandise for the home market. The narrative "added considerably to the scanty knowledge of Northwest America" (Howes). It includes a learned and valuable introduction in which Fleurieu discusses early navigators to the North Pacific, including Drake, Bering, Cook, La Pérouse and Malespina. The subsequent volumes contain a discussion of Roggeveen's discoveries, detailed descriptions of Norfolk Sound, Sitka, the Queen Charlotte Islands (today's Haida Gwaii), valuable hydrographical and nautical information, as well as observations on natural history. The maps depict Alaska and the northwest coast, the Marquesas and Hawaii. "This is a very important and authoritative work for the history of the northwest coast" (Lada-Mocarski).
A 4to edition in four volumes was published simultaneously.

Splendid set on large paper in beautiful bindings.
Forbes 293; Howes F-195; O'Reilly & Reitman 618; Sabin 44491; cf. Lada-Mocarski 54 (4to edition); Howgego, to 1800, M44.
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