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ST. VINCENT, Bory de Jean Baptiste Genevieve Marc.
Voyage to, and travels through the four principal islands of the African seas...

London: Richard Phillips, 1805.
London: Richard Phillips, 1805.

FIRST ENGLISH EDITION. Hand-coloured panorama of Tenerife, folding view of St.Croix in Tenerife + hand-coloured view of St. Helena + 2 further folding hand-coloured plates and 2 folding Maps of Bourbon (Now Reunion) and Isle de France (now Mauritius) - all plates as listed. Octavo. later sprinkled calf-spine marbled boards on 5 raised bands in blind with morocco label in gilt. Title page +212pp including index. A fine copy of this rare English edition of the travels of the Baron who was the naturalist on board the French sloop of war in the expedition of discovery commanded by Captain Baudin. He left the expedition at Mauritius and visited the neighbouring islands. He made many geological and botanical observations and climbed the Volcano on Bourbon: the book includes a hand-coloured bird's eye view of an eruption. Although he left the military expedition at Mauritius he continued to gather specimens one of which he presented to Napoleon along with a map of St.Helena - this Napoleon took when he was exiled to St.Helena. Bory continued in the military mainly employed as cartographer but also took part in the battle of Austerlitz etc. but continued studying flora and fauna of the countries he visited. Several species are named after him. Coloured plates in order: 1. The Peak of Teneriffe from the Point of Nago. 2. St. Croix in the Island of Teneriffe, with the Peak of Teneriffe in the distance. 3. A Bird's Eye View of a Volcano in the Island of Bourbon. 4. Inside of the Crater of Dolomieu, in the Isle of Bourbon. 5. Town & Harbour of St. Helena.