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Narrative of a Voyage round the World
In the Uranie and Physicienne Corvettes, Commanded by Captain Freycinet, during the Years 1817, 1818, 1819, and 1820


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  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108061544

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  • Founded in 1666, the French Académie des Sciences was a prominent and prestigious organisation behind numerous scientific advances in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1817, commissioned by the Académie, Louis de Freycinet (1779–1841) embarked on a three-year expedition with the main purpose of investigating terrestrial magnetism and taking a series of pendulum measurements. In the course of this voyage around the world, the scientists aboard the Uranie also collected an abundance of samples and made significant observations in the fields of geography, ethnology, astronomy, hydrography and meteorology. The progress of this journey was detailed by Jacques Arago (1790–1855), draughtsman on the expedition, in the form of letters to a friend. This illustrated narrative is prefaced by a report to the Académie which summarises the mission's findings. Translated into English and published in 1823, this work is an informative and often witty account, reflecting contemporary ambitions in science and exploration.

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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108061544
    • length: 678 pages
    • dimensions: 297 x 210 x 35 mm
    • weight: 1.59kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Report made to the Academy of Sciences
    Part I:
    1. Introduction
    2. Departure
    3. Majorca and Minorca
    4. At sea
    5. Gibraltar
    6. Teneriffe
    7. At sea
    8. Brasil
    9. At sea
    10. Cape of Good Hope
    11. Isle of France
    12. Isle of Bourbon
    13. New Holland
    14. The Moluccas
    15. At sea
    16. The Caroline Islands
    17. The Marianne Islands
    Part II:
    18. The Marianne Islands (cont.)
    19. The Sandwich Islands
    20. At sea
    21. New South Wales
    22. At sea
    23. The Malouine Islands
    24. Monte Video
    25. Brasil
    26. Arrival in France

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