Voyages autour du Monde, et vers les deux Poles, par Terre et par Mer, pendant les Annes 1767, 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1773, 1774 & 1776
Author: Pierre Marie François de Pagès (1748–1793)
Publisher: Chez Moutard
3 volumes. 432 pages. 272 pages with folding plate and tables. Atlas volume with ten folding maps and plates. Small octavo (7 3/4" x 5") bound in contemporary full mottled calf, spines gilt stamped panel decorations and borders, original leather labels and. marbled endpapers. Housed in a custom crafted enclosure. (Howes P-13; Sabin 58168; Spence 8870. First edition.
Pierre Marie François de Pagès, French naval officer, world traveler, and writer, was born of a noble family in Toulouse in 1748.
Following the settlement of the Seven Years' War and the relaxed French-Spanish rivalry in North America, Pagès crossed Texas on the first lap of a journey around the world. Leaving his naval vessel at Santo Domingo on June 30, 1767, he sailed to New Orleans, traveled by the Mississippi and Red rivers to Natchitoches, then across Texas and into Mexico by way of the Old San Antonio Road. He returned to France by way of the Far East and then wrote an account of his adventure.
Corners bumped and rubbed. book plate to front paste downs, inner hinges of volume one cracked, neat signature to end paper date 1791, spine ends chipped and rubbed, hinges rubbed else a good to very good set.
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