Lot 236

Bougainville (Louis Antoine, Comte de)

Voyage autour du monde sur la frégate du Roi la Boudeuse et la Flûte l’Étoile, FIRST EDITION, half-title, woodcut French arms on title, initials, head- and tail-pieces, 22 engraved maps or plans (17 folding), and plates, only, of 23, errata leaf at end, heavy staining throughout, heavier on last 100 leaves, with substantial damage to Gg2, some spotting or foxing affecting maps, edges trimmed and occasionally chipped, plate 13 detached, later marbled paper wrappers, [Borba de Moraes, p.115; Hill 163; Sabin 6864], 4to, Saillant & Nyon, Paris, 1771.

***Important account of the first French official circumnavigation of the globe. It includes a description of the voyage through the Straits of Magellan and across the Pacific (Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti, the Samoan Islands, and the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands and the previously unknown Louisiade Archipelago).

Estimate: £400-£600