Navigational guide covering the coast and coastal waters of Brazil, by the French royal press

Roussin, Albin-Reine. Le pilote du Brésil, ou description des côtes de l'Amérique Méridionale comprises entre l'ile Santa-Catharina et celle de Maranaõ, avec les instructions nécessaires pour atterrir et naviguer sur ces côtes [...].

Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1827.

8vo. [3], [1 blank], 241, [1 blank] pp. Modern half calf with marbled sides.


First edition in octavo, of which a second edition was published in Paris 1845. Shortly before this first octavo edition a folio edition was published with a second volume with plates, which is extremely rare. An edition in Portuguese was published in Rio de Janeiro 1834. Albin Roussin (1781-1854) was a renowned French naval commander and navigator, who undertook several marine surveys along the coasts of Africa and South America. He commanded the French hydrographic expedition to Brazil in 1819, and King Louis XVIII conferred the title of Baron on him for this work in 1820. When the present pilot guide for Brazil was published he had reached the rank of admiral. In 1821 the Imprimerie Royale had published his first work, also on the navigation of the Brazilian coast: Navigation aux Côtes du Brésil. The present pilot guide built on that account. Roussin had not been active at sea for several years leading up to the present publication. Shortly after the publication he received an order to lead a French squadron to the Brazilian coast. This must have been on the basis of the knowledge of the Brazilian waters that he displayed in his books. He completed his mission successfully and was awarded upon his return in France.

In very good condition. With stamps of the Marinens Bibliotek on the first flyleaf and title-page; authors name on the title-page underlined in red, several underlinings in pencil throughout and an annotation written in Danish in ink on p. 131. Wholly untrimmed.


Borba de Moraes 1983, p. 753; Bosch 376; Rodrigues 2144; Sabin 73499.

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