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Auction 177, Lot 204


"[Lot of 4 - Engravings of Freycinet's Expedition in Hawaii]", Freycinet, Louis Claude Desaules de

Subject: Hawaii, Natives

Period: 1840 (circa)

Publication: Voyage Autour du Monde

Color: Hand Color

7.7 x 4.8 inches
19.6 x 12.2 cm

These fascinating (and morbid) engravings come from the Brussels edition of Voyage Autour du Monde, the work chronicling Louis de Freycinet's explorations. Freycinet was a French marine officer and explorer, who participated in several significant early 19th-century expeditions to relatively unknown areas in the southern hemisphere. In 1800, he joined one of the most important early explorations of Australia, which was commissioned by the French government and commanded by Nicholas Baudin. On this voyage Freycinet served as a surveyor and was responsible for conducting a thorough cartographic survey of the Australian coast and the nearby Indonesian archipelago. He later commanded the Uranie on a circumnavigation that completed numerous scientific observations in South American, the South Pacific and Australia. These engravings come from the journey of the Uranie as the expedition traveled through Hawaii. They are based on drawings by Jacques Arago, the expedition's resident artist, and show a burial ground and varieties of native torment.

A. Iles Sandwich. - Vue du Morai du Roi, a Kayakakoua.
B. Les Iles Sandwich. (Supplices.)
C. Les Iles Sandwich. (Supplices.)
D. Supplice Sandwichien.


Condition: A

Attractive color with minor scattered foxing.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $60

Closed on 4/29/2020