[Paris: A. Nepveu, Libraire, 1812.]
27 engraved plates, including two folding panoramas. Prospects c. 240 x 430mm (5½ x 17"), plates c. 200 x 270mm (8 x 10½"). Some spotting.
Twenty-seven plates from the 'Voyage pittoresque à l’Île-de-France, au cap de Bonne-Espérance et à l’Île de Ténériffe', by Jacques-Gérard Milbert (1760-1840). In 1800 Milbert was appointed an artist on Nicolas Baudin's voyage to Australia, but on route Milbert fell ill, argued with the captain and elected to leave the expedition at Mauritius. He spent several years travelling around the the islands before returning to France, where he published this work, engraving many of the plates himself. In 1815 Milbert travelled to the US, spending eight years there teaching and travelling, sending back 48 shipments of natural history specimens to the Muséum national d'histoire naturelle in Paris. After his death he was awarded the Légion d'honneur for his services to science.
[Ref: 31412] £2,000.00