Roquefeuil, M. Camille de.


Between the Years 1816-1819. Printed for Sir Richard Phillips ... 1823.
1st UK Ed. Thin 8vo. 112pp. Ink Kings lib. stamp to tail of last leaf, some browning, last leaf together with rear blank detached, disbound but loosely inserted inside d/w. from modern edition of the same work. The first French expedition which passed through Polynesia in the nineteenth century was that commanded by Camille de Roquefeuil. Roquefeuil sailed through the Strait of Le Maire in January 1817 and, after touching at Valparaiso, Callao, and California, reached Nootka Sound in September. Skins were scarce and the French goods proved unsuitable for local trade. The Bordelais sailed south for the winter; but finding provisions difficult to obtain in California, Roquefeuil sailed for the Marquesas, which he reached in December 1817. He remained in the Marquesas until February 28, 1818, where a fair amount of sandalwood was bought, with whale's teeth among the articles of exchange used by the French. The ship returned to New Archangel and Kodiak, and assistance was given by Hagenmeister in procuring local Indians to hunt for furs. The sea otter fishery proved a failure, and Roquefeuil sailed south to San Francisco, where he met the Russian explorer, Golovnin, on the Kamchatka. Roquefeuil then sailed for the Hawaiian Islands and arrived off Hawaii on January 9, 1819. After a fortnight in which some sandalwood was obtained, Roquefeuil sailed for Macao, where he found that the Chinese trade in furs had deteriorated because the market was glutted by American enterprise. The voyage home was made by the Cape of Good Hope, and the Bordelais entered the Gironde on November 21, 1819. University of Wellington.
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