[BAUDIN, Nicolas and Matthew FLINDERS] FORNASIERO, Jean, MONTEATH, Peter and John WEST-SOOBY
Encountering Terra Australis. The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders
Kent Town, Wakefield Press, 2010 (revised edition)/ 2004.
Quarto, xviii, 425 pages with numerous illustrations and maps plus 32 pages of colour plates.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the fine dustwrapper.
'While the name of Matthew Flinders has found its rightful place in the pantheon of Australian explorers, that of Nicolas Baudin remains tarnished by the false accusations made against him by his enemies. This book redresses the balance. Next to Flinders' voice is that of Baudin - presented here through fresh translations of his journals. And alongside the charts and the artwork which recorded the English encounter with Terra Australia are placed the visually striking rewards of the French expedition. Moreover, the authors have undertaken a detailed examination of the full range of achievements on both sides - in natural science, artistic endeavour, hydrography and, last but by no means least, the nascent discipline of anthropology'.