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The Rugendas Letters:
Johann Moritz Rugendas’
First Voyage to Brazil
The Sections of Cap Trafalgar
The First Prussian Maritime Atlas
Ducal Bavarian Provenance
Guérin, Léon. Les Navigateurs Français. Histoire des Navigations, Découvertes et Colonisations Françaises. Paris, Belin-Leprieur et Morizot, 1846. Large 8vo. XII, 552 pp., 1 l. contents. With
12 plates in steel engraving by Rouargue frères ,
inscribed Rouargue frères (presumably Adolphe & Émile) del. et sc., of which
6 full-length portraits
with their partly gold & silver heightened colored coats of arms
as vignettes at the upper edge (c. 1⅝-2 × 2¾-3½ in [4-5 × 7-9 cm]). Contemp. h. calf with leather corners and richly gilt-tooled back decoration.
THE ORIGINAL EDITION OF THIS TIMELESS MARINE CLASSIC
which already one year later had to be followed by a new edition and to which today’s paperbacks unchangeably pay reverence to. – Partially appearing quite faint traces of browning and hardly noteworthy corner & edge bumps of the binding optically advantageously brightened at the decorative back aside practically impeccable copy as occurring seldom only. Here then in addition of ducal Bavarian provenance with their library label “933” below at the back. – Printed by Gustave Gratiot, Rue de la Monnaie.
Of the about 35 greats the following distinguished per armorial portrait :
Louis Antoine Bougainville, Chef d’Escadre (1765-1770) as “famous French navigator … (who) undertook the first circumnavigation done by Frenchmen” (1766/68) – Jean de Béthencourt, Roi des Iles Canaries (1402-1425) – Jacques Cartier, Maître Pilote et Capitaine Général des Vaisseaux aux Expéditions des Terres-Neuves (1534-1545; discoverer of the coast of Labrador, reached with Hochelaga 1535 the cradle of Montreal, whose mountain he christened Mont Royal) – René de Goulaine de Laudouinière, Capitaine Poitevin (1562-1568) – François de La Payrouse, Chef d’Escadre (1785) – Dumont d’Urville, Contre-Admiral .
The local plates as following :
Rescue operation for the crew of the Corbin capsized on the reefs of the Maldives July 1, 1602. A second three-master in fair distance – Lassale , Discovery of the Mouth of the Mississippi April 1632 –
Defense of Québec by Frontenac 1690 – Bougainville’s Arrival on Tahiti – Death of de Lancle on Samoa (Navigator Islands) – Inauguration of the Monument Élevé à Lapeyrouse by Capitaine d’Urville .
Offer no. 28,948 / EUR 370. / export price EUR 352. (c. US$ 403.) + shipping