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    Lewis de Bougainville [Louis-Antoine de Bougainville]. A Voyage round the World. Performed by Order of His Most Christian Majesty, in the years 1766, 1767, 1768, and 1769. London: J. Nourse and T. Davies, 1772.
    First English edition. Quarto. xxviii, 476 pp. with five folding engraved maps and one plate. Translated from the French be John Reinhold Forster.

    Contemporary calf with titles stamped in gilt on a spine label. Six compartments between five raised bands on the spine. Boards shelf worn with some areas of soiling and repairs to the corners. Spine panel slightly crazed. Hinges tender. Text block sound and remarkably bright with uniform spotting to the edges. A most attractive copy in very good condition.

    In this volume Bougainville gives an account of the discovery and occupation of the islands called Malouines by the French and Islas Malvinas by the Spaniards with a chapter devoted to their natural history. Bougainville was in Buenos Aires when the order for the expulsion of the Jesuits of Paraguay arrived, which he describes in detail. He passed through the Strait of Magellan and across the Pacific to the East Indies and back to France in a three year voyage which was France's first official circumnavigation of the world. He visited several of the Pacific islands including Tahiti which he provides a long description of and a vocabulary of some 300 words used on the island given at the end of the volume. Bougainville created a great deal of interest among the French in the Pacific, which resulted in the voyages of Nicholas Marion du Fresne and La Perouse. The largest islands in the Solomons and two straits in the Pacific bear his name and the tropical flowering vine Bougainvillea was named after him. Later in life, Bougainville took part in the American Revolution. Though John Reinhold Forster is listed as the translator, the real translator was his son George Forster.

    Cox I 55. Hill p. 32. Sabin 6869.


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