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* ARAGO, Jacques Étienne Victor (1790-1855). 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…To which is prefixed, The report made to the Academy of Sciences, on the General results of the Expedition. London: Treuttel and Wurtz, 1823.
4to (271 x 206 mm). Engraved folding map, 25 lithographic plates from drawings by Arago. (Lacking half-title to first part, scattered spotting to text, plates and map.) Contemporary russia gilt (upper cover detached, joint repaired).
FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. "Translation of Arago's Promenade autour du monde… 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" (Hill). First published in French in 1822. Ferguson 885; Forbes 562; Hill (2004) 29; Sabin 1865.