Veiling 350 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects
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MARITIME HISTORY - TRAVELLING -- SAVIGNY, J.B. & A. CORRÉARD. Schipbreuk van het fregat Medusa, op deszelfs togt naar de Senegal, in het jaar 1816. Haarlem, Wed. A. Loosjes, 1818. (6), 168 pp. W. engr. front. Beautiful burgundy mor. bind. w. dec. gilt back, gilt centerpieces on both sides, surrounded by 2 gilt floral borders. (Top of spine chipped, corners a bit bumped/worn, lower blank margin of 1 leaf renewed, slightly browned in places).

The Méduse was a 40-gun Pallas-class frigate of the French Navy, launched in 1810. She took part in the Napoleonic wars, namely in the late stages of the Mauritius campaign of 1809–1811 and in raids in the Caribbean. After that she was used to ferry French officials to Saint-Louis, in Senegal, for the handover of the colony. Through inept navigation of her captain, Méduse struck the Bank of Arguin and became a total loss. In the immediate aftermath of the wreckage, passagers and crew attempted to evacuate the ship on an improvised raft and became helpless when the frigate's launches gave up towing them. Only a handful of the shipwrecked survived the ordeal. - Rare first Dutch edition of the orig. French edition, published 1 year before. - Cat. NHSM p.167.

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