Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

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Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

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Barry Cundy writes:

In June 2006 the Library purchased a copy of Franqois Peron and Louis Freycinet's Voyage de Decouvertes aux Terres Australes ... sur les corvettes le Geographe, le Naturaliste, et la Goelette le Casuarina, pendant les annees 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804 (Paris, 1807-1814). This first edition of what is termed the general readers set comprises the Partie Historique, in two volumes published in 1807 and 1816 respectively, and the separate atlas by Charles Lesueur and Nicholas Pettit published in two parts in 1807 and 1811 and bound as a single volume.

The 1800-1804 French expedition to Australia, under the command of Nicolas Baudin, arrived in Australian waters in 1801 and proceeded to survey its coasts until returning to Mauritius in 1803. The publication of the account by Peron, the expedition's naturalist, and Freycinet, its cartographer, highlights one of the central achievements of French exploration and science of the time. The high quality of the publication aimed to showcase the Napoleonic regime's achievements in the study of the natural sciences (including anthropology) as well as its territorial aspirations, the accompanying map of south-eastern Australia being famously labelled 'Terra Napoleon'. …

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