Paris: P. Pourrat Frères, 1839. Two volumes. ,510,; ,547,pp., plus forty-two plates (many in color, three folding). Frontispiece in first volume, title vignettes in both. Half title in each volume. Original three-quarter black morocco and calf, spines gilt, a.e.g. Minor shelf wear. Modern bookplate on front pastedown of both volumes. Some foxing, occasional toning, moderate dampstain in lower outer corner affecting text but not plates in the first 117 pages of the first volume. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM54738
This account, by the naturalist aboard the Coquille during Duperrey's voyage in 1823-24, is the only separate narrative account of the voyage besides the same author's VOYAGE MEDICAL (Paris, 1829). Lesson provides detailed descriptions of the places and people visited, including the Falklands, New Guinea, Tahiti, other south Pacific islands, New South Wales, and New Zealand. His account includes nineteen fine handcolored plates of natural history subjects, including nine superb ornithological plates.
"The 'Coquille,' under the command of Captain Duperrey, visited Sydney in 1824, remaining there from 17th January to 20th March. King Bungaree, a very quaint figure, who spoke a little English, waited upon the Frenchman, with his retainers. The aborigines are fully described, and the excursions of observations of the visitors recorded" - Ferguson. "The expedition achieved notable scientific results and corrections in maps, much meteorological data, and many rock samples and botanical specimens were brought back. Lesson was the naturalist of this expedition, and his account of the voyage supplies the details which Duperrey failed to publish" - Hill.
Ferguson's collation differs from the present set in a way that would suggest he transposed the pagination of the two volumes. The present set is self-evidently complete in the original bindings. HILL 1012. FERGUSON 2787. BORBA DE MORAES I, p.475. SABIN 40214.