Paris: de l'Imprimerie de Prault, 1771. viii,,220pp. plus fifteen plates (seven folding) and three folding engraved maps. Lacks the sixth preliminary leaf, "Avis," with list of maps and plates. Quarto. Contemporary paper boards, original paper label (ink inscription faded). 20th-century bookplate on front pastedown. Titlepage printed in red and black with engraved vignette. Titlepage slightly soiled and age- toned. Slight age-toning at edges and occasional minor foxing, one leaf at rear dampstained. Edges untrimmed. A very good copy. Item #WRCAM37398
An account of French explorer Kerguelen-Trémarec's voyage in the North Sea, including the coasts of Iceland, Greenland, and Norway, undertaken in 1767 and 1768. A second edition was published the following year in Amsterdam and Leipzig, and an English translation appeared in the first volume of John Pinkerton's collection of voyages and travels issued in the early 19th century. According to the preface, the purpose of the expedition was to "give protection and encouragement to the cod fishermen on the coast of Iceland, and to preserve order among the French fishermen" (Cox). Complementing the three folding engraved maps are several plans and coastal profiles and four fine plates depicting the indigenous peoples of the Arctic regions. Kerguelen- Trémarec's later expeditions included a voyage to the South Seas, where he discovered the Kerguelen and Desolation islands in the Antarctic in 1772. SABIN 37616. JCB 1493-1800, III:1806. COX II, p.21; III, p.94.