Adelaide, Friends of the State Library of South Australia, August 2006/ 1809 [Volume I] and October 2003 [first edition in English - Volume II].
Octavo, two volumes, xxxviii, 278 pages plus 11 plates (9 in colour) and 3 maps (including a large folding map in an endpocket and a double-page folding map, '"La Geographe" in Australian Waters', new to this edition); and lxxxiv, 430 pages with a frontispiece, 6 colour plates, 6 illustrations and 2 maps (including a folding map in an endpocket.
Blind-pictorial cloth very lightly sunned on the spine; an excellent set.
The publisher's prospectus had this to say about Volume I: 'This new translation by Christine Cornell ... complements her acclaimed translation of Volume II, published by the Friends in 2003. The French original was first published in 1807, followed in 1824 by a second edition, from which this translation was made. Previous English translations (both abridged) appeared in England in 1809 and 1812. Volume I covers the voyage out (1800-02), and vividly describes the expedition's discoveries in Western Australia and Tasmania, as well as its visits to Timor and Sydney'. The second volume was described thus: 'This is the first appearance in English of Volume II (Book IV) of "Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands" ("Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes") ... Peron was the zoologist on the "Geographe" when Baudin met Flinders at Encounter Bay in 1802. Freycinet was the expedition's cartographer. The book ... describes in rich detail discoveries on King Island, Kangaroo Island and the coast of Western Australia as well as visits to Timor and southern Africa'. Only 400 copies of each volume were produced, which is inexplicable, considering it was the first publication in English of the internationally significant second volume. The first 99 copies, bound in quarter calf, sold out before publication; this is the trade edition, long out of print. Loosely inserted in the second volume is a 'with compliments' slip from the publisher, inscribed to 'Dr [Basil] Hetzel, In appreciation on opening the Treasures Wall at the State Library of SA, 14 October, 2003'.