PERNETTY, Robert Histore d'un Voyage aux Isles Malouines, Fait en 1763, & 1764; avec des Observations sur Le Detroit de Magellan, et sur Les Patagons … Nouvelle édition. Rfondue & augmentée d'un Discours Préliminaire, de Remarquaes sur l'Histoire Naturelle, &c. Paris, Chez Saillant & Nyon, et Delalain, 1770.
Two volumes, 8vo. Contemporary cats-paw calf, marbled sides, spines richly ornamented in gilt and with morocco lettering-pieces, gilt-ruled ornamental borders to covers; pp. iv, 385; 334, ; 18 folding plates and maps; re-backed, light offsetting to and from endpapers, one fly-leaf with flawed corner; a very good set with armorial engraved bookplates of Anthony Morris Storer.
Second French edition, enlarged, published one year after the first edition, which had appeared in Berlin, and is virtually unobtainable. Pernetty travelled to the Falklands with Bougainville in 1763 and 1764, visiting St. Catherine's Island, off the coast of Brazil and Montevideo, before landing on East Falkland with the intention of establishing a settlement there. John Byron made a British claim to the Falklands a year after the French, the French subsequently ceding the islands the Spanish. The notes on the natural history of the region are accompanied by some superb folding engravings which include images of a hammer-head shark, dolphin, penguin, sea-lion, seal and walrus. The last two plates illustrate types of inhabitants of Montevideo, and the Patagonians.
Provenance: Anthony Morris Storer (1746-1799) was a 'man of fashion', MP, politician and book collector.
Cioranescu 49529; Boucher de la Richarderie VI, 397; Sabin 60996; Cox II, 282; Henze IV, 79 ('the first monograph of the Falkland Islands'; translated from the German); Borba de Moraes 662.