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Freycinet, Louis-Claude de Saulces de
VOYAGE DE DÉCOUVERTES AUX TERRES AUSTRALES... PARTIE NAVIGATION ET GÉOGRAPHIE... ATLAS. PARIS: DÉPÔT GÉNÉRAL DES CARTES ET PLANS DE LA MARINE, 1812
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Freycinet, Louis-Claude de Saulces de
VOYAGE DE DÉCOUVERTES AUX TERRES AUSTRALES... PARTIE NAVIGATION ET GÉOGRAPHIE... ATLAS. PARIS: DÉPÔT GÉNÉRAL DES CARTES ET PLANS DE LA MARINE, 1812
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 97,250 GBP
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Freycinet, Louis-Claude de Saulces de
VOYAGE DE DÉCOUVERTES AUX TERRES AUSTRALES... PARTIE NAVIGATION ET GÉOGRAPHIE... ATLAS. PARIS: DÉPÔT GÉNÉRAL DES CARTES ET PLANS DE LA MARINE, 1812
First edition, atlas volume only, folio (544 x 435mm.), engraved title and 32 maps, 25 double-page, mounted on guards throughout, contemporary sheep-backed boards, wormhole of varying size at centre of double-page maps (inner margin of single-page maps), between 3mm. and 15mm. in diameter and affecting the double-page maps either side of the fold, very slight offsetting and soiling, lacking contents leaf, binding worn
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Provenance

Louis-Claude de Saulces de Freycinet, signature on endleaf; thence by descent in the Freycinet family; "The Freycinet Collection", sale, Christie's, 26 September 2002, lot 16

Literature

Ferguson 536

Catalogue Note

Freycinet's own copy with his annotations, signed "L. de Freycinet" on endleaf.

Freycinet was part of the Australian exploratory expedition commanded by Nicolas Baudin which embarked in 1800, returning to France in 1804. From 1806 he was charged with preparing the charts and atlas of the voyage, and after the death of Péron in 1810 he took responsibility for completing the history of the voyage (Voyage de découvertes aux Terres Australes, 1807-1816).

This copy of Freycinet's atlas has ten of the maps annotated by him in red pen with numerous printed French place names and features given in English (either literal translations - Port des Cygnes / Swan Port, or English appellations - Riv[iere] du Nord / Derwent River), or occasionally changing the French appellations - Golfe Joséphine becoming Golfe St. Vincent, and Golfe Bonaparte becoming Golfe Spencer. These changes clearly indicate Freycinet's acceptance of Flinders' priority in the naming of Australian places in English. Some of these maps also bear pencil annotations.

In addition there are a further twelve maps with just pencil annotations, varying from ships' routes, co-ordinates, historical information regarding Dampier, Flinders and Grant, a ship's position in 1772 (i.e. during Cook's voyage), and corrections in spelling.

In 1817 Freycinet sailed for Australia again, in the Uranie, and map 23 makes reference to the ship. He returned to France in 1820.

Freycinet published a second edition of the complete account of Baudin's voyage in 1824, which included maps with the names changed to those proposed by Flinders. It is likely that the present atlas was used as a working copy by Freycinet during the production of this later edition.

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