Publisher: Paris: Société d'Editions Géographiques, Maritimes, et Coloniales, 1927.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Hill, Pacific Voyages, 652 & 649.
Condition: Paper a little toned; a couple of margins with small chips; edges of the binding slightly rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28028
Description4to, original red gilt-pictorial cloth rebacked with the original spine laid on, gilt lettering. 25 plates (six color and three folding).
Comments¶ An account of an important French voyage to South America and the Pacific from 1817 to 1820, sponsored by Napoléon. This version is unusual for it was written by the wife of the ship’s captain “a rare female passenger on a naval voyage, and it remained unpublished for nearly a century. Smuggled on board because she could not bear to be separated from her husband, Rose's presence was made public to the crew only after the vessel was well out of sight of the French coast. . . . It is clear from her journal that Rose fashioned herself a good sailor and enjoyed life at sea . . . [and] it reveals a young and vivacious woman who made keen observations of the peoples and places she encountered" - Hill. Her husband named an island in the Somoan chain, Rose Atoll, after her.