VOYAGE AUTOUR DU MONDE, PENDANT LES ANNEES 1790, 1791, ET 1792, PAR ETIENNE MARCHAND, PRECEDE D'UNE INTRODUCTION HISTORIQUE; AUQEL ON A JOINT DES RECHERCHES SUR LES TERRES AUSTRALES DE DRAKE, ET UN EXAMEN CRITIQUE DU VOYAGE DE ROGGEWEEN
by Marchand, Etienne, and Charles Pierre Claret de Fleurieu
Paris, 1800. Four volumes. xii,cxliv,628,pp. plus folding table; [iii]-xvi,676,; xi,,431,; ,viii,158,pp. plus sixteen maps (some folding) and plates. Quarto. 19th-century morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, edges sprinkled. Hinges and spine extremities slightly worn, corners reinforced wtih cloth, minor edge wear. Bookplates on front pastedowns. Occasional light foxing to margins and maps. Very good. An account of the second French circumnavigation and the first French commercial voyage to the Pacific Northwest. Etienne Marchand, commander of the voyage, had learned of the lucrative potential for the fur trade in that region from British captain Portlock. He sailed via Cape Horn, stopped at the Marquesas, and traded along the Northwest Coast in the summer of 1791. He provides detailed descriptions of Norfolk Sound and Sitka, followed by a particularly detailed account of the Queen Charlotte Islands, and further explorations as far as the southern end of Vancouver Island. "A very important and authoritative work for the history of the Northwest Coast" - Lada-Mocarski. From North America Marchand sailed to Hawaii and then to Macao, where he failed to sell his valuable cargo of furs. He then returned to France, where the Revolutionary government confiscated his cargo. The voyage was a loss for its investors. Marchand died in 1793 and Count Fleurieu, himself an experienced Pacific explorer, took over the editing and publication of the material from the voyage, as well as adding an authoritative history of Pacific exploration and discoveries along the American coast. Considerable text is also devoted to natural history exploration en route. The detailed maps are of Alaska and the Northwest Coast, the Marquesas, and Hawaii. An important work, seldom found in the preferred large paper format. HILL, pp.105-6. STREETER SALE 3496. LADA-MOCARSKI 54. HOWES F195, "b." EBERSTADT NORTHWEST COAST 111. WICKERSHAM 6622. WAGNER NORTHWEST COAST I:212. SABIN 24751.
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