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The Internet is a treasure trove of early publications on the Uranie voyage but, like all good hidden treasures, there are many obstacles to their retrieval. The most comprehensive published eye-witness account was the multivolume epic authored by Louis de Freycinet under the title ‘Voyage autour du Monde’, Included under that title were two volumes with other authors, although the fact is almost concealed on the title pages. The volume Botanique was authored by Charles Gaudichad and the volume Zooloogie was authored jointly by Jean-René Quoy and Joseph-Paul Gaimard. Digital images of all the volumes can be found on the Internet. Quality, however, is very variable, especially where the volumes of ‘planches’ (illustrations) are concerned, and not all volumes are easy to find. There are, moreover, some complications regarding the divisions of the some of the volumes and also of their dates of publication. Figure 1 illustrates the plan, but not the execution.

Figure 1:  Example of the volume list that is included in the front matter of the early-published volumes of the ‘Voyage autour du Monde’. This particular example is from the Botanique, authored by Gaudichaud. It also appears in this form in both parts of Volume I of the Historique. Note that the Recherche sur les Langues was never published.

The largest and most important component of the ‘Voyage Autour du Monde’ was the ‘Historique’, which was apparently originally intended to be named the‘Histoire du Voyage’. The listing shown in Figure 1 appears in the front matter to the two parts that make up its first volume, and also the front matter to the  ‘Botanique’, and there is more wrong with it than one simple change of name. The ‘Recherches sur les Langues never appeared at all, being still in preparation when de Freycinet died, the two ‘Observations’ volumes appeared as separate full volumes, the ‘Observations Magnétiques’ was published posthumously, as was the ‘Météorologie’, and the ‘Hydrographie’ was enlarged and re-titled ‘Navigation and Hydrologie’. This last is especially useful because it includes noon-day positions for every day the ship was at sea, so the precise route taken can be reconstructed at that level of precision. It was, in fact, published in two parts, but under the one title. Both parts are dated 1826, and the listing shown in Figure 1 is included in the front matter to the first part.

The mismatch of the ‘volume’ labels and the physical books of the ‘Historique’ resolves itself as follows:

Volume 1 (Livre I) 1825. DE FRANCE AU BRÉSIL INCLUSIVÉMENT

Begins on page v, with the Préface,

Continues on page  xi names of the members of the etat-major.

Continues on p. xiv with the report of the members of the Académie (ends on p.xl)

Continues on p. 1 with Chapter I of Livre I, Objet du Voyage – Préparatifs et Départ.

Continues on p.343, with Livre II, Chapter X, Traversée de Rio de Janeiro au Cap de Bonne-Ésperance{ sejour dans cette colonie

Ends on p.721, Section X Gouvernement, of Chapter XVIII, Description de l’île Timor.

Followed by Index to Part 1 on p. 722 – 733

Followed by Errata on p. 734

Source: BNF Gallica

LIVRE II WAS ALSO PUBLISHED ON ITS OWN IN 1828

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Volume 2.1 (Livre III) 1829. DE TIMOR AUX MARIANNES INCLUSIVEMENT.

Begins on p.1, with Chapter XIX, Traversée de Timor à l’île Rawak

Ends on p.622 , Section X Industrie commerciale of Chapter XXVIII, Description sommaire des îles Sandwich.

Source: British Museum via Google

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Volume 2.2 (Livre IV) 1824. DE G©AM AUX SANDWICH INCLUSVYEMENT.

Begins on p.517, with Chapter XIX of Livre IV, Traversie de Gôam aux iles Sandwich; sejour dans ces iles.

Continues on p. 623 with Chapter XXIX, of Livre V, Traversee de l’isle Wahou a Port- Jackson ; sejour dans cette colonie.

Ends on p.916 , Section II of Chapter XXXIV, Livre V. Digression sur les Nouveaux-Zelandais

NO TITLE PAGE. ANNOTATED BY HAND IN PLACES. NOTE OVERLAP WITH END OF VOLUME 2.1

Source: Societe geographique (?) de Lyon

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Volume 2.3 (Livre V & VI) 1839. Dated 1824 on pre-title page

Begins on p.917, with Chapter XXXV of Livre V, Industire

Continues on p. 1209 Livre VI (DePort Jackson en France), with Chapter XLI Traversee de la Nouvelle-Hollande à la Terre de Feu; Mouillage à la Baie de Bon-Succès; Arrivée aux isles Malouines et Naufrage de l’Uranie dans la Baie Française.

Ends on p. 1385, Section II of Chapter XLIX, Livre VI. Trversée du Brésil en France; Arrivée au Havre-de-Grâce

Followed by Appendices on p. 1386 – 1417

Followed by Index to Part 2 on p. 1453 – 1470

Source: Bodleian Library via Googlebooks

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Atlas Historique

One volume 1825.  General credit J. Arago and A. Pellion

Begins 0n p. 1 – 10, with Table explicative des Planches

Ends with Planche 106

Source: BnF Gallica

The remaining volumes are less confusing, because only the Navigation and Hydrographie is in two parts, plus a volume of Plates or Planches. However, and to add slightly to the confusion, in the front of the Zoologie volume there is a listing of the proposed volumes which differs from the earlier version shown in Figure 1, by combining the pendulum and magnetic measurements into a single volume (which is not the way in which they were ultimately published, and in focussing the never-to-be-published language language volume on the languages of ‘les sauvages’.

Figure 2:  The volume index list from the Zoologie, authored by Quoy and Gaimard.

Following the order in Figures 1 and 2 as far as possible, the remaining volumes are as follows

Zoologie

One volume 1824. Authored by MM. Quoy et Gaimard, médecins de l’expédition

Begins with Preface, three un-numbered pages.

Continues on p. 1 with Chapitre I, De l’Homme

Continues on p. 12 with Chapitre II, Considérations générals sur quelques Mammifères et Oiseaux

Continues on p. 51 with Chapitre III, Description des Mammifères

Ends on p. 376 , with description of the Aspisure Lamarche

Followed by Index to Part 2 on p. 1453 – 1470

Source: Darwin on-line via Internet Archive

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Zoologie planches

One volume 1824.  No general credit of authors or artists.

Begins immediately with Planche 1

Ends with Planche 96

Followed by Index, 15 un-numbered page

Source: Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Botanique

One volume 1826.  Author M. Charles Gaudichaud, Pharmacien de la Marine

Continues on pp. v – vii with Preface by Charles Gaudichaud

Continues on p. 1 with Livre I, Observations générales sur la nature et l’ensemble de la Végétation de chacune des localités visitées dans le cours de l’expédition.

Continues on p. 3 with Chapitre I, Gibraltar

Ends on p. 514 with $ XVI, Piperaceae

Followed by Table des Matières on p. 515 – 522

Source: Bodleian via Google Books

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Botanique planches

One volume 1826.  Handwritten credit Charles Gaudichaud

Begins immediately on p. 1 with Table Explicative

Continues on p. 22 + 2 with Planche 1

Ends with Planche 120

Source: Biodiversity Heritage Library.

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Observations du pendule

One volume 1826.

Begins with Preface by Louis de Freycinet, two un-numbered pages.

Continues on p. 1 with Livre I, Chapitre I, Mémoirs sur les observations du pendule

Continues on p. 17 with Livre II, Chapitre VIII, Elémens des observations et détail des calculs

Ends on p. 282 with Chapitre XXI, Calculs des erreurs de l’observation de nos quatres pendules réunis, sur la théorie.

Followed by pp. 283 – 290, with Table analytiques des Chapitres

Followed by two pages of Errata

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Magnétisme Terrestre

One volume 1842.

Begins with Preface by Louis de Freycinet, one un-numbered page.

Continues on pp. vii – viii with Table des Chapitres

Continues on p. 1 with Chapitre I, Considérations préliminaires sur les Instruments magnétiques de l’expédition

Ends on p. 342 with Chapitre X, Variations diurnes en déclinaison magnétique

Followed by map showing Atlantic route and magnetic equator

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Météorologie

One volume 1844. Edited by Louis-René Desaulces de Freycinet and Félix Lamothe

Begins with Preface by editors, one un-numbered page.

Continues on pp. i – xvi with Table des Matières

Continues on p. 1 with Livre I, Temperature

Continues on p. 215 with Livre II,  Du Baromètre

Continues on p. 299 with Livre III, De l’Hygromètre

Continues on p. 427 with Livre IV, Des Vents

Ends on p. 666

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Navigation et Hydrologie

Part 1 (Livres I, II and III) 1826. Begins on page v, with the Préface,

Continues on page xi names of the members of the etat-major.

Continues on p. xiv with the report of the members of the Académie (ends on p.xl)

Continues on p. 1 with Chapter I of Livre I, Objet du Voyage – Préparatifs et Départ.

Livre II, Descriptions Hydrographiques et Nautiques Chapter X, Traversée de Rio de Janeiro au Cap de Bonne-Ésperance{ sejour dans cette colonie

Livre III, Analyse des Cartes, begins on p. 305. With Chapter XVII, Observations Astronomiques.

Ends on p.378, at end of Chapitre XX, Positions Géographiques des Principaux Points Déterminés pendant le Voyage

Source: Bibliothequecantonale et universitaie Lausanne, via Darwin Online via Internet Archive.

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Part 2 (Livres IV and II) 1826.

Begins with a new front page, although some digitisations have the two volumes together. This is the case with the link to Volume 1, above.

Continues on page 379, with ‘Observations des Marées’

Text ends on p. 722, Chapter XXVI, ‘Résultats généraux des observations de marées faites pendant le voyage.

Followed by Index to both parts on p. 725 – 733

Followed by Errata on p. 734

Followed by illustration of Maréometre, p. 735 – 737

Followed by graphs of tides at Rio de Janeiro and Rawak, pp. 736 – 737

Source: Bibliothequecantonale et universitaie Lausanne, via Googlebooks.

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Navigation et Hydrologie Planches

One volume 1826.  Handwritten credit Charles Gaudichaud

Begins immediately on p. 1 with Table des Cartes et Plans

Continues with Plan 1

Ends with Plan 22

Source: Digital Library India (Note: The original digitised was in very poor condition)