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Disaster at sea - the shipwreck of the Méduse  

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Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal in 1816; Undertaken by Order of the French Government, Comprising an Account of the Shipwreck of the Medusa...

Savigny, Jean Baptiste Henry and Alexandre Corréard


Printed for Henry Colburn



360 pages. Colored frontis and one plate. (8vo) 20.8x12.7 cm (8¼x5") contemprorary tree calf, red leather label, gilt rules and  lettering. First English Edition.

A harrowing narrative written by two of the passengers on the French frigate La Méduse, which was sailing from Rochefort to Senegal when it ran aground on the Arguin Bank off the northwest coast of Africa on July 2, 1816. 

The incompetent and panic-stricken officers of the ship obliged more than 150 passengers and crew to board a small, half-submerged raft, which was promptly cut loose and abandoned. Two weeks later a mere dozen survivors were rescued.  The horrible incident is now best known as the subject of a dramatic painting by Théodore Géricault. Savigny and Corréard recound their own grisly experiences and those of other survivors; and they even include straightforward descriptions of the island and countries they visited before and after the disaster.

Lot Amendments

Upper spine lacking; spine and edges rubbed; front cover nearly detached; very good.

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