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    Arago's Voyage Round the World,
    Narrated in a Series of
    "Lively and Witty" Letters

    [Jacques √Čtienne Victor Arago]. J. Arago. Narrative of a Voyage Round the World, in the Uranie and Physicienne Corvettes, Commanded by Captain Freycinet, During the Years 1817, 1818, 1819, and 1820; on a Scientific Expedition Undertaken by Order of the French Government. In a Series of Letters to a Friend...With Twenty-Six Engravings. London: Treuttel and Wurtz, Treuttel, Jun. and Richter, 1823. First English edition. One work in two parts. Quarto. [6], xxvii, [3, Table of Contents and Directions for Placing Plates], 285; [2], 297, [3] pages. Frontispiece folding map, twenty-five engraved plates after the illustrations of Arago, and an in-text red line diagram (Pt. II, page 24). Two of the plates showing the King and Queen of the Carolinas fold at the foot and each has a small tear in its lower right corner from the inner margin into the background of the image area. Bound in half calf over marbled paper covered boards with gilt rules, spine with five raised bands, gilt lettered title label, and gilt designs in compartments. Binding rubbed, scuffed, chipped, and lightly soiled, corners bumped, spine darkened, gilt worn and ends chipped, joints starting; hinges cracked after title and before last page, small holograph bookseller's pencil notes on both pastedowns, image offset from maps and plates, some foxing and browning (heavier on plates and their adjacent pages), light creases, few corner bends, occasional minor soiling or stains; else in very good condition.
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    "Translation of Arago's Promenade autor du monde., 1822, in its first English edition."

    "The Uranie, with a crew of 125 men under the command of Captain Louis de Freycinet, entered the Pacific from the West to make scientific observations on geography, magnetism, and meteorology. Arago was the artist of the expedition, which visited Western Australia, Timor, Hawaii, and New South Wales. The original ship was wrecked off the Falkland Islands. Two months later the expedition continued aboard the Physicienne, which stopped for a time at Rio de Janeiro.These letters, written in a lively and witty literary style, provide vivid descriptions of the topography and the inhabitants of the Pacific islands. The book achieved great success." - [Hill, 28 & 29].



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