2 Circumnavigation LAPLACE, Cyrille 106


Description: Dutch edition of a detailed account of an important circumnavigation

LAPLACE, Cyrille Pière Théodore.
Reis rondom de wereld door de zeeën van Indië en China; uitgevoerd met Z.M. korvet van oorlog La Favorite, gedurende de jaren 1830, 1821 en 1832, ..

Zaltbommel, Johannes Noman and sons, 1834-1836. 7 volumes bound as 3. 8vo. Near contemporary uniform blue-black half calf, sewn on 4 recessed cords with a hollow back, gold- and blind-tooled spine with orange title-labels, Spanish-marbled sides, red sprinkled edges. Each volume with a letterpress half-title and lithographed title-page, each with a different topographic view, folding engraved map tracking Laplace's journey, 13 lithographed plates (7 folding). XXXVI, 511, [1]; [II], 328; [II], 272; [II], 288; IV, 272; [II], 262, [1], [1 blank]; IV, 323, [1] pp.

First Dutch edition of a valuable work by the French navigator Cyrille Pierre Théodore Laplace (1793-1832), originally published in Paris by order of the French government as Voyage autour du monde (1833-1835). In May 1829 Laplace was appointed commander of the ship La Favorite, to make a journey around the world for scientific and commercial purposes. He departed from Toulon, followed the coast lines of Africa past the Cape Good Hope and visited Pondichéry, Madras and Surabaya. He explored the coasts of Cochinchina and Tonkin then set sail for the Philippines and after that Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand. He crossed the Pacific on his return to Toulon, past Valparaiso, Cape Horn and the coasts of Brazil. On 20 April 1832 he touched ground in Toulon again.
''The purpose of the voyage was to show the French flag in Eastern waters, in order to re-establish French influence over Indo-China and the Pacific. The voyage was also very successful scientifically ... The hydrographic work was thorough and reliable, the work done in the Anamba and Natuna groups of Malaysia was valuable, and a good collection of natural history specimens was brought back'' (Hill). The illustrations include The Favorite lying at anchor at Manilla, and views of Rio de Janeiro, Sydney, Canton, Macao, Singapore and Port Jackson.
Each volume (as bound) with library stamps of the Jesuit Aloysius College in The Hague on the endpapers and first title-page, and a 19th-century letterpress label of its predecessor in Katwijk, established in 1831 ("Bibl: Gymn: Catv."). The folding map is detached but in good condition with a marginal tear; some browning and marginal waterstains. Bindings slightly rubbed. Dutch edition of a very detailed account of an important circumnavigation of the world, in good condition.
Borba de Moraes, p. 458 (note); Ferguson 1810; cf. Hill 980 (French ed.); Sabin 38985 (French ed.); for the author: Howgego, 1800-1850, L12.
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